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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-10-26 19:22
  Subject:   [/.] DeBeers shits itself, film at 11.
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Adia Diamonds (among others) is offering to the public completely lab-made, but even more flawless than mined, real diamonds. These diamonds weren't made by environment trashing strip-mining, or the exploitation of poor Africans. And since they were made in a lab, they're guaranteed not to have been "conflict diamonds", often used to finance civil wars and terrorism in the third world. And did I mention that you can get them for a fraction of the cost of a mined diamond, even though they're bigger and have fewer flaws?

It's going to be very interesting to see how the major diamond cartel, DeBeers, tries to tackle this one. They have a long history of media manipulation and market monopoly maintenance. We'll see if people are stupid enough to swallow the DeBeers marketing and continue paying way more money for diamonds that are smaller, have more flaws, and don't let you select exactly the color that you want...
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Willow: Black Rose
  User: willow_red
  Date: 2006-10-27 16:04 (UTC)
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I'm glad to see this technology taking off. There are a lot of applications out there that would like a pure carbon crystal (or one with specified impurities). And given the crap DeBeers has been pulling for decades, they've earned this one.

*checks out Adia site* Dang, that's considered cheap?!? I don't think I want to know what "real" diamonds cost. Of course, this from someone who thinks cut glass is just as pretty, and spending a good fraction of your income on a rock is kind of silly....
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