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It's weird that diamonds lasting 'forever' is a selling point when there are also random ugly rocks that are millions of years old which the vast majority of people don't care about at all. amirite?

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Diamonds are only valuable because the people selling them act like they are

americanthaiguys avatar americanthaiguy Yeah You Are +8Reply
@americanthaiguy Diamonds are only valuable because the people selling them act like they are

Not just people selling them, but society in general. This is basically a strong selffulfilling Prophecy. Even if you don't believe that they are valuable, the fact that others perceive them valuable, makes them valuable to you, since you could sell them and buy something which is valuable to you.

@americanthaiguy Diamonds are only valuable because the people selling them act like they are

They're also valuable because over time a gigantic percentage of the population has come to believe this is true, and are willing to pay that much (or make someone else pay it as an expression of their relationship's value).

@Larny2019 They're also valuable because over time a gigantic percentage of the population has come to believe this is true...

Diamond tools aren't nearly as expensive as cosmetic items I got a diamond chisel sharpener recently for £2 does the job great.

They are not referring to the longevity of the diamond as much as what it signifies. The implied message is that if the ring is diamond it's a sign that the relationship will be enduring (because diamonds are $$ and you wouldn't blow that $$ on a trifling relationship). "Forever" also echoes the same word used in wedding vows. It's a good piece of marketing.

My main stone on my ring my husband gave me is an opal, because it's my favorite stone and I told him I wanted something unique. It's a beautiful blue opal with 12 small diamonds on the side. When he was buying my engagement ring the lady at the seat was trying to convince him not to buy it but I'm so glad he didn't listen because this is the most beautiful piece of jewelry I've ever seen!

Diamonds are actually quite common, and aren't worth nearly as much as we pay for them. They also have to be cut, shaped and polish to look like what we expect to see.

@BigMemer Diamonds are actually quite common, and aren't worth nearly as much as we pay for them. They also have to be cut...

Yes! Also there are more diamonds sitting in vaults than there has been in jewellery, if there were more diamonds on the market they'd be worthless.

@Mrtechnohawk Yes! Also there are more diamonds sitting in vaults than there has been in jewellery, if there were more diamonds...

Thank DeBeers for holding out because they have warehouses full of them. One of their Ceos even said they're intrinsically worthless. I learned that after checking the sources on Adam Ruins Everything.

but shiny

contextrips avatar contextrip Yeah You Are +6Reply

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It's totally fabricated while simultaneously destroying countries and lives

Everyone has always liked sparkly things.

Same thing for lobsters. And purple dye.

Trash all round.

As a machinist, diamonds hold value to me because of their exceptionally useful properties when used to make cutting and abrasive tools. Lab made and natural diamonds serve identical purposes in that regard - a very hard material that can cut and grind many specialty materials. As a accessory? Eh.

Humans are attracted to things that are eyecatching; people like things like diamonds and other jewellery because they are bright and reflect a lot of light, therefore they attract and keep our attention.

Basically, jewelery is just a method to make ourselves more shiny to attract the attention of other humans. We're just glorified seagulls.

The diamond business is the biggest money racket in history.

Achilles982s avatar Achilles982 Yeah You Are +3Reply

I think the forever status is more of a reference to their resistance to wear. A diamond well look exactly the same one is cut but other stones can be written down through simple friction.

Boknows1s avatar Boknows1 Yeah You Are +3Reply

Diamonds symbolize love that lasts forever. No one cares how long the rock will last for.

@Openeyes Diamonds symbolize love that lasts forever. No one cares how long the rock will last for.

No, they symbolize marketing that succeeded in getting a common person to buy a ring they wouldn't otherwise have bought.

In the wise words of Michael from the good place: Diamonds are literally carbon molecules lined up in the most boring way. They're worthless space garbage.

dankXDs avatar dankXD Yeah You Are +3Reply

diamonds lasting forever means they dont erode as easily as other rocks.

it's so in vogue to hate on diamonds these days "debeers debeers!" and a lot of that is justified...

but it comes off more as following popular rhetoric more than it does the genuine concern for the social structures of life.

like a warrior without a cause.

They may be super common but when sold to us they certainly ain't ugly.

Thatoneduderyans avatar Thatoneduderyan Yeah You Are +2Reply

If a rock sparkles alone in a drawer with nobody around to see it, does it still sparkle?

Eventually they will degrade to graphite.

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