02/09/2005: Romancing The Stone
My Newsweek on-line has this Romancing the Stone article (of the same name as the movie I like; starring Danny Devito, Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas...but not necessarily in that order) about Faux Diamonds which are so well made they rival the REAL Diamonds.
"Leo, ...(who) makes his living on the strength of his ability to evaluate the authenticity and value of diamonds. He is examining three small stones, each weighing less than half a carat—one pink, one colorless and a third, slightly green, called a marquise. He picks up the pink crystal between his index and middle fingers, places it gently on the counter and peers through his eyepiece—checking for the way the gem reflects light, its clarity and the shape and quality of the cut. He repeats the process for each of the other two stones. "They're real," he pronounces, handing over a business card with no last name. "They're very nice, but you're not going to retire on them. Come back when you have bigger rocks."
...Years of buying and selling diamonds, has failed him. The gems he has just examined are not the product of geological forces acting over millions of years—they were made in a laboratory in Boston in a few days. But Leo is not the only dealer a NEWSWEEK reporter was able to fool."
Now, Bill Maher...will ya stop kevetching about the "Diamond Attrocites" and "child slave labor" and invest in Faux Diamonds for all those women you don't want to marry??
Me...I'm mostly Diamond Deficient. I do have a nifty engagement ring I wear, a lovely bracelet with some of the stuff encrusted in it. But as to owning more Diamonds...my favorite (birth) stones are Opals...and they beat Diamonds (or Faux Dianmonds) hands down for uniqueness. So, I don't mind not getting even Faux Diamonds...I prefer Chocolates for that Faux Holiday, St. Valentines Day, anyway.
Karen on 02.09.05 @ 01:45 PM CST