New Internationalist Publications, 2006 - 96 pages
The many facets of diamonds reflect on the ridiculously rich and the world's poorest people, across continents from Russia to South Africa (nearly always through a small city in Belgium). These simple pieces of carbon have, over centuries, turned into the ultimate rocks: desired, possessed, traded, stolen and, literally for many, to die for. From engagement ring to bling, via mining corporations, free trade and the black market, van der Gaag reveals the dark stories hidden behind the sparkle.

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Nikki van der Gaag is a freelance writer, editor and evaluator on development issues. Prior to this she was editorial director at the Panos Institute and co-editor of the New Internationalist magazine.

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