Dear Peter, Karen, Ron, Philip,
Thank you very much for your on topaz-citrine. I know
that these are different stones. I also know that citrine has been
sold as topaz (as Rene Newman notes in one of her books - it was not
my intention to suggest that Rio does so).
There was no article in "Wired".....it was an advertisement.
I clicked on a link (given by, I think, Beth Rosegard) and read an
article about an Carter Clarke, who founded Gemesis in FL, and is now
making diamonds (in collaboration with the uni. of FL) of which he
claims that they have the same physical, chemical and optical
properties than diamands which come out of the earth. I was wondering
if anyone has seen or used this diamonds and how customers react to
(S)ince you are Belgian, I wonder if you might have any
insight into the great Antwerp Diamond Bourse robbery which took
place awhile back. I find it hard to believe that one of the
largest robberies of all time could have been shoved under the
table as if it had never happened.
Ron, I live in PA for the moment and, since there is nothing to do
here, I’m basically working myself to death (not that I am
complaining - as Heidegger, who hated to give biographical
once said about Aristotle, ‘Aristotle got born, he
thought, he died’ (now, let’s move on)). Watching the news, Fox News
for example, is a danger to my health as it makes me epileptic (are
these presentators on drugs??).
All I know is that the Antwerp Diamond Trade Center is a very closed
world. Behind the glitter are situations no one ever talks about, as
for example the low wages for the people who do the cutting and the
tax evasions. It is a public secret that the Diamond Trade in Antwerp
has been very liberal (to use an euphemism) with paying taxes, while
the government, in turn, has been very liberal towards them, as they
were/are afraid that important sellers would leave Antwerp if they
wouldn’t be generous. Antwerp is an anomaly in the Belgian political
geography anyhow. Yes, it is possible that the Trade Center was too
embarrassed to expose the truth, but I don’t know.
With best regards,