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By Dina Siegel

The educational learn of diamonds is as multi-faceted because the worthy stones themselves. Mineralogists and geographers have written approximately them, as have historians and economists and scholars of paintings and model. They each one shine their gentle on a special point of this resource of luminous radiance. yet who could enterprise to explain the full complex around the globe approach 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 direction of a diamond from the mines of Africa to the malls of Europe and the USA, because it passes via numerous fingers and locations and is smuggled, stolen, reduce, polished, bought, exchanged and, ultimately, worn as jewellery. during this lengthy and intriguing trip, a variety of humans face all kinds of hazards and illegal activity, in addition to a variety of ethical and moral judgments. Siegel describes the diversity of ethnic teams which are energetic within the diamond exchange and the tradition and customs which are particular to this enterprise. She analyses the hazards and threats to the and goals to discover the techniques and strategies to house them. eventually, this tale of probability, belief and crime examines the vulnerability of diamond construction and distribution to illicit and felony activities.

This booklet is ready the diamond enterprise itself in addition to approximately these eager about it. It tells the tale of people that easily can't avoid this dear and welcoming commodity.

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The diamond industry includes specialists, such as geologists, geophysicists, and chemists. It includes business people: mine owners, bankers, investors, dealers, and brokers. It includes diamond workers, from diggers and other mine workers to cleavers, cutters, and butters. It includes government officials, security, customs, and police. And it includes smugglers, illegal traders, and underground bankers. Today the organisation of the diamond industry is mainly presented as a diamond pipeline, the continuous process from the production countries to retail and jewellery shops.

1 This is one of the numerous Jewish gold and diamonds shops in Chinatown of Bangkok. ). Bangkok. October 2006. Photo: Dina Siegel Since the Indian government made rough diamonds import duty-free, licensing is no longer needed. However, the traditional ways of trade and transport still prevail. The old Indian angadia (literally, ‘one who carries valuables’) system, involves couriers who do not use any modern technology; trust is the main and only guarantee that diamonds will arrive safely to the cutting shops.

Bangkok. October 2006. Photo: Dina Siegel Since the Indian government made rough diamonds import duty-free, licensing is no longer needed. However, the traditional ways of trade and transport still prevail. The old Indian angadia (literally, ‘one who carries valuables’) system, involves couriers who do not use any modern technology; trust is the main and only guarantee that diamonds will arrive safely to the cutting shops. The only paper is a waybill, a jhangad, and a packet of diamonds. The couriers play an important role in transporting diamonds from Mumbai (trade centre) to different processing factories in Gujarat.

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