Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds by Rachelle BergsteinFrom the author of Women from the Ankle Down comes a lively cultural biography of diamonds, which explores our society’s obsession with the world’s most brilliant gemstone and the real-world characters who make them shine.
A diamond is forever. Who among us doesn’t recognize this phrase and, with it, the fascination that these shiny gemstones hold in our collective imagination as symbols of royalty, stars, and eternal love? But who gave us this catchphrase? Where do these gemstones and their colorful legacies originate? How did they become our culture’s symbol of engagement and marriage? Why have they retained their coveted status throughout the centuries?
Rachelle Bergstein’s cultural biography of the diamond illuminates the enticing, often surprising, story of our society’s enduring obsession with the hardest gemstone—and the people who have worked tirelessly to ensure their continued allure. From the South African mines where most diamonds have been sourced since the late 1890s to the companies who have fought to monopolize them; from the stars who have dazzled in them to the people behind the scenes who have carefully crafted our understanding of their value—Brilliance and Fire offers a glittering history of the world’s most coveted gemstone and its greatest champions and most colorful enthusiasts.
Illustrated with sixteen pages of color photographs, this “biography” is filled with tantalizing anecdotes of the likes of Wallis Simpson, for whom Cartier created their iconic diamond-encrusted panther bracelet; Elizabeth Taylor, who made her numerous lovers prove their adoration through the gems they bestowed upon her; and “Jacob the Jeweler” and Ben Baller, the edgy contemporary jewelers who create custom bling for hip-hop stars from Jay-Z to Kanye. Smart, lively, and engaging, Brilliance and Fire is as dazzling as the very diamonds Bergstein reveals in a new light.
De Beers Diamonds - Blood Diamonds
De Beers sees threat of blood diamonds
The Belgian city, the world's capital of diamonds, has applied more regulations, sanctions and scrutiny on the industry, but still there are some bad practices. The diamond trade moves hundreds of millions of euros every year around the globe. Most of them come from third world countries were the diamonds are extracted by very hard means. Even today, diamonds coming from conflict zones and used to finance conflicts and violence are a significant part of the market. Nowadays the production is mainly sold in cities of the United States and Europe and most of those diamonds in some way or another end up passing through the city of Antwerp in Belgium, showing that the Dutch and Belgians still have certain control over the industry.
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The Government said yesterday it had cleared diamond giant De Beers of allegations that it was connected to the blood diamond trade in Congo. The Department for Trade and Industry said allegations by the United Nations two years ago that the company illegally exploited natural resources in the war-torn African country were unsubstantiated.
Diamonds were a girl's best friend long before Marilyn Monroe sang that iconic number in the flick "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. In the s, the diamond market had been experiencing declining sales. Due to post World War I austerity, the stones were seen by many as frivolous purchases — money down the drain. But then, something changed — and changed the world forever. Before , most diamonds were mined in India and South America, and they were pretty rare.
As the world's largest diamond producer, De Beers has expressed fears that its business could suffer as a result of these stones finding their way into legitimate markets. De Beers has been mining diamonds for more than years and operates mines in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Tanzania. De Beers defines conflict diamonds as "diamonds which originate from areas in Africa controlled by forces fighting the legitimate and internationally recognised government of the relevant country. We have heard the siren calls that diamonds could go the same way as the fur trade. But diamonds don't kill people, people with guns kill people, and these guns are supplied from the West. In May , De Beers gave written testimony on conflict diamonds before the U. House Committee on Africa.