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Monday, September 22, 2008

All That Glitters

posted by on September 22 at 9:37 AM

News from the underworld:

Miners in Lesotho have discovered a huge gem stone which may become the largest ever polished diamond.

The stone weighs 478 carats and is the 20th largest rough diamond ever found, said Gem Diamonds.

The company said the uncut rock was recovered recently from the Letseng mine, owned by the company in Lesotho.

The diamond, which is as yet unnamed, has the potential to yield a 150 carat cut stone, and could sell for tens of millions of dollars, the company said.

This brilliant piece of news recalls an equally brilliant passage in Foucault’s The Order of Things—a passage that considers a tendency in pre-modern thought/episteme/paradigm to correspond the “terrestrial and celestial,” the heavenly with the “glittering, hidden veins where metals grow in darkness.” There was the blackness of space and the blackness of the caves; the stars in the eternal darkness of space and the “treasures buried in the earth since the creation of the world.” “The dark dangerous, and accursed glitter of metal…[and] that other glitter that sings at the far end of the night.”

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One of my deepest desires is to have a loose gem collection. I want them in a dish that I can just put my hand in, and feel them whenever I'm down.

Posted by Mikki | September 22, 2008 9:38 AM

is there a way that like, firefox ad blocker could block mudede posts?

Posted by um | September 22, 2008 9:40 AM

What cut will the worker(s) who discovered the gem get?

Posted by Trevor | September 22, 2008 9:51 AM

@ 3:

Most likely their cut will be their left ear or right hand.

Posted by Banna | September 22, 2008 10:14 AM

I like how they say it was "recovered" from their mine. I guess in this context "recovered" means "dug out of the ground by a fourteen year old indentured servant who will see exactly zero benefit from his discovery."

Posted by flamingbanjo | September 22, 2008 10:17 AM

Maybe Damien Hirst will make something out of it that a Russian can buy.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | September 22, 2008 10:23 AM

I propose that it be named the "Mudede Diamond."

Posted by Joe M | September 22, 2008 10:58 AM

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