Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What would you do with a 400-year-old diamond?

Sotheby’s is auctioning off a 35 carat diamond that’s 400 years old, estimated 2-4 million dollars. I think the diamond’s history is pretty darn neat, but really, what do you do with a diamond like that? I mean, seriously, would you set it as a pendant and wear it to a party?

A jewel like that is probably only for display. If it goes to a private collector, it’ll be in some private vault or display case that maybe a couple hundred people will ever see. That kind of saddens me, but I guess that’s the way things go with valuable jewels like that.

I think I’d rather spend the money buying books. Yes, I have just confessed my plebian tastes to the entire blogosphere.