Diamonds are Forever

In Analysis by Michael Rae

“We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders,”
~ G.K. Chesterton 
Forged miles beneath the earth’s crust. 
Eternal—or as close as we get in this vale of tears. 
Objects of endless fascination and avarice, the diamond is at times witness to bloody conflict in its production and exchange (more on that below). 
Diamonds have proven irresistible to the scholar’s pen (admittedly, a low bar) and the professor’s lecture (admittedly, a lower bar).
They’re also my answer to a friend’s question recently posed to me.
“Suppose you had to teach a semester-long class,” he began. 
“So far, so good,” I’m thinking. 
“Using examples from only

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