By Dina Siegel
The educational learn of diamonds is as multi-faceted because the priceless stones themselves. Mineralogists and geographers have written approximately them, as have historians and economists and scholars of paintings and style. They each one shine their mild on a unique point of this resource of luminous radiance. yet who could enterprise to explain the whole complex around the globe process beginning within the diamond mines and finishing with the patrons of Western metropolises?
In The Mazzel Ritual: tradition, Customs and Crime within the Diamond Trade, Russian-Israeli cultural anthropologist and criminologist Dina Siegel follows the course of a diamond from the mines of Africa to the department stores of Europe and the U.S., because it passes via numerous palms and locations and is smuggled, stolen, reduce, polished, offered, exchanged and, ultimately, worn as jewellery. during this lengthy and interesting trip, a variety of humans face every kind of dangers and illegal activity, in addition to quite a few ethical and moral judgments. Siegel describes the variety of ethnic teams which are lively within the diamond alternate and the tradition and customs which are particular to this company. She analyses the hazards and threats to the and goals to discover the thoughts and strategies to house them. ultimately, this tale of threat, belief and crime examines the vulnerability of diamond construction and distribution to illicit and legal activities.
This ebook is set the diamond company itself in addition to approximately these interested in it. It tells the tale of people that easily can't avoid this pricey and inviting commodity.