I’ve just stumbled over a three-year old blog post by Rohin Dhar. Before you read it, please take two things into mind:

  1. Someone else’s blog post about diamond rings does not devalue the sentiment and meaning in your own.
  2. The article is about diamond rings, not rings or symbols you exchange in a wedding ceremony. This is all about the diamond.

A quote from the article:

The purpose of this post was to point out that diamond engagement rings are a lie – they’re an invention of Madison Avenue and De Beers. This post has completely glossed over the sheer amount of human suffering that we’ve caused by believing this lie: conflict diamonds funding wars, supporting apartheid for decades with our money, and pillaging the earth to find shiny carbon. And while we’re on the subject, why is it that women need to be asked and presented with a ring in order to get married? Why can’t they ask and do the presenting?

Diamonds are not actually scarce, make a terrible investment, and are purely valuable as a status symbol.

Diamonds, to put it delicately, are bullshit.

You’ve got to read this article on diamonds, it is blowing my mind. Click on to Pricenomics to read the rest.