Sunday, March 30, 2008

Tanzanite, the new blood diamond

Tanzanite was a mineral I've never heard of, until I read of a massive miner death. These people dig single shafts hundreds of feet deep, and when the rains come, they all drown like worms. Tanzanite has had a checkered history, sometimes pulled off the shelf, and put back when things cool down.

Of course, we all know that diamonds nowadays are all 'pure' as 'legal' ivory. Since Tanzanite is all heat-treated anyway, I'd rather buy synthetic ruby as a gemstone....

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