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Friday, January 24, 2003

Like a rock

Anil Dash has a great rant about diamonds, DeBeers, and the relationship between blood and diamonds. I actually wrote something similar back in October (prompted by an article about Al-Qaeda getting into the diamond trade in Sierra Leone) about how when Laura and I got engaged, I asked her if she would consider something other than a diamond, based on the ethics of blood diamonds and the manipulation of tradition by the cartel. She would, she did, and I got her a lovely ruby engagement ring. My friend Sherry had a sapphire when she got engaged the first time when we were in college. I think when she finally did get married (to a different guy), she got a sapphire engagement ring then, too. I'm glad to see that other people get it, although given the fact that some of the people Laura knows (I won't refer to them as friends) abuse her for not having a "real" engagement ring, I'm not sure that an engagement bicycle, as suggested in one of the comments on Anil's post, would really be seen as a legitimate token of troth.... (Found via ePersonae's Snapping Links).

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