Seattle Simplicity broke down and went to the retail therapists at Tiffany's.
In response, I posted a website with lab diamonds which my friends showed me the other night. (The website requires Flash.) These are conflict-free diamonds which is why my ethically high and mighty friends were looking at them. But check out the prices! They are saving up for a ring set that's less than $2000.00 for a 1.5ct solitaire that's D color and VVS1 rated. Not too shabby. How's that for a good deal on an engagement ring.
As I mention this to my lovely co-worker, she tells me that Tyra Banks is the Queen of Cheap. Apparently the supermodel loves a good deal so much that she wears fake jewelry all the time. I haven't seen the video yet, but you gotta love that she thinks it's just fine to wear fakes.
It doesn't need to be *real*. It just has to *look* real.
And for what it's worth, lab diamonds are the real thing. They just didn't come out of the ground or have any moral taint. Instead they probably are made from chemicals that pollute the environment instead of the horrible strip mining/mountain leveling that takes place with diamond mining. But I guess you have to pick your evil.
From what I've read, the lab diamond process is similar to that of making semiconductors, which drive all of our computers, so I actually have no moral problem with the environmental pollution being a computer geek by trade. (I am joking about that. My business is a horribly polluting business.) Diamond transistors may be in our future, and excuse me while I unleash my inner-geek here, but how hot will that be? Pretty effing hot actually since diamonds, by their essence were produced under high heat conditions. But think of how fast these transistors can go! Oh my. Ok I'll stop now. Such talk will make me breath hot and heavy. Throw me a copy of Electronic News and EETimes and I'm in 7th Heaven.