Interesting post over on Jezebel about how diamonds are "anti-feminist." I'd have to say I agree. One day if I get engaged, I do NOT want a diamond.
"...Diamonds used to be so rare that only the very very wealthy could afford them. That is, until the 1870s. Diamond mines were "discovered" in South Africa, where, "poorly-paid, abominably treated native African workers" unearthed the gems by the ton.
"How [did De Beers] convince the world that an isometric-hexoctahedral crystal lattice allotrope of carbon was something they absolutely needed to buy?"