Clarity, Cut, and Culture: The Many Meanings of Diamonds by Susan Falls

By Susan Falls

Images of diamonds seem in every single place in American tradition. and everybody who has a diamond has a narrative to inform approximately it. Our tales approximately diamonds not just exhibit what we do with those tiny stones, but in addition recommend how we create worth, which means, and id via our interactions with fabric tradition in general.

Things turn into significant via our interactions with them, yet how do humans cross approximately making that means? What will we examine from an ethnography concerning the creation of identification, construction of kinship, and use of diamonds in realizing selves and social relationships? through what capacity do humans located inside a globalized political-economy and a compelling universe of advertisements have interaction in the community with those tiny polished rocks?

This publication attracts on year of fieldwork with diamond shoppers in manhattan urban in addition to an research of the long-lasting De Beers crusade that promised romance, prestige, and glamour to someone who got a diamond to teach that this thematic pool is only one source between many who diamond vendors draw upon to have interaction with their very own stones. the quantity highlights the real roles that reminiscence, context, and situation additionally play in shaping how humans interpret after which use gadgets in making own worlds. It indicates that along with working as topics in an ad-burdened universe, shoppers are hugely inventive, idiosyncratic, and theatrical agents.

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Graphite atoms share only one valence electron (rather than four); they From Rock to Gem — 39 share that one valence electron with only three of their closest neighbors (rather than four), and in sheets (rather than in all directions). The single electron skips from one neighbor to the next to the next in cycles, in essence time sharing with each of its neighbors. Though each sheet is very strong, there are no strong attachments between sheets. When one is writing with a pencil, the sheets slide off one by one as pressure is applied.

The Rise of Diamonds Diamond mining takes place in a technologically dynamic landscape. Today, most gem-quality diamonds are extracted from highly mechanized mines in Africa, Russia, Australia, and Canada. Some of these mines are new, operational only since 2000. Hundreds of years ago, diamonds were found only occasionally in Borneo, before they were discovered in Goa, India, around the seventh or eighth century BCE (Spencer et al. 1998). These were alluvial diamonds spread around a large area by the forces of erosion; their poor quality and dispersion meant that mining in India never became a high priority.

Hundreds of years ago, diamonds were found only occasionally in Borneo, before they were discovered in Goa, India, around the seventh or eighth century BCE (Spencer et al. 1998). These were alluvial diamonds spread around a large area by the forces of erosion; their poor quality and dispersion meant that mining in India never became a high priority. Even during peak production in the late 1600s, India only produced between fifty and one hundred thousand carats per year, only a small percentage of which were gem quality.

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