Blood Gemstones

Tonight I watched the movie Blood Diamond.

While focused on blood diamonds, my mind wandered to my trip to Sri Lanka half a decade ago. On that trip, there were several opportunities to buy quality gemstones at prices much lower than in the west. Sri Lanka also happens to have its own internal conflict between the current government and the Tamil Tigers. It made me wonder that if people buy such gemstones, would it support those groups? I know much of the fighting in Sri Lanka doesn’t merit news coverage in the west, just as it doesn’t concerning Africa.

The movie was about the discovery of a large blood diamond. Immediately after watching, it did not surprise me at all that the top Yahoo news storey was about a huge diamond from Africa.

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