Post # 1
This article is long, but it has some surprising info about DeBeers. They artificially inflate the prices, decide society’s standards for the size of a desirable engagement ring (ideal size actually went DOWN in the seventies and then back up again because they had a surplus of smaller Soviet diamonds.)
Post # 3
I remember reading a sociology book about weddings recently, which contained a lot of this information, so i’m not surprised. It would be interesting to read an update on this article though, as it was written in 1982.
I think the saddest thing is that even though I know so much about weddings is artificially created ******** designed to make us pay for stuff in the name of “sentiment”… I still want it 🙁
Post # 4
Thanks for sharing this insightful article. It would be interesting to read a follow-up article on how things have developed since the 80s.
Post # 5
I have often wondered what makes a diamond more ‘forever’ than a sapphire or a ruby… technicly speaking a diamond will still eventually degrade over time (millions of years) in to a chunk of carbon or graphite.
I think that means technically graphite is forever? we should all we walking around with mechanical pencil lead on our rings from now on?
Post # 6
Makes me glad that my boyfriend bought a preowned ring, orginally purchased for $31,000 (by the original owner) for $18500.
Post # 7
Very interesting. I knew that diamonds were valuable just because people have forced value onto them. I originally wanted a moissanite ring but when I received it..yuck. So I got a diamond from the pawn shop and I LOVE IT. Diamonds are still pretty, even if they are worthless 🙂
@Dell79: Wow, that’s still quite a purchase! Must be gorgeous.
Post # 8
Such an interesting article!