The King of Gems: How the Diamond Became the Most Precious Stone

  • Dina Siegel


This chapter shows how in the course of history the diamond became the most valuable precious stone. Legends, myths, scandals, and dramas: all contributed to the growth of its value. The diamond became a symbol of love, wealth, power, passion, and survival. In the modern consumer society, the symbolic value of the diamond is changing. It is no longer an exclusive product for the rich or women. The creation of the diamond value goes farther than the reach of producers or consumers. Political and economic processes conducted and manoeuvred by powerful diamond multinationals are the most important reason why the value of the diamond remains so high.


Synthetic Diamond Rock Crystal Precious Stone Engagement Ring Rough Diamond 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Utrecht Willem Pompe InstituteUtrechtNetherlands

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