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(PBS)   Feeling good about yourself because your concern about "blood diamonds" caused you to forego the traditional engagement ring and opt for a plain gold band instead? Ummm, yeah, about that gold   (pbs.org) divider line 162
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2013-07-10 09:27:44 PM

Agnes Gonxha's Confidant: But look at those abs! I don't feel bad for that kid at all.

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I know, right? He must be a total gym rat.
 
2013-07-10 10:01:34 PM
On the good side, slave labour being used to mine gold made Pat Robertson lots and lots of money.
 
2013-07-10 10:47:10 PM
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2013-07-10 11:20:44 PM

limeyfellow: On the good side, slave labour being used to mine gold made Pat Robertson lots and lots of money.


Im sure Pat has no qualms about that.
 
2013-07-11 12:29:04 AM
Plain silver for me, stainless steel for the wife (allergic to precious metals).
 
2013-07-11 01:15:52 AM

abfalter: I was disappointed that there was no actual blood in the diamonds...


Talk to these guys.
 
2013-07-11 04:00:31 AM

belhade: Plain silver for me, stainless steel for the wife (allergic to precious metals).


That always weirds me out.  How can you be allergic to a non-reactive substance like Gold?  I mean, it has no valence electrons, or its highest-energy orbitals are full (RIP Bohr).  So how in the world is it going to cause any sort of reaction in anything?  Is it the trace amounts of Mercury or something?

I have a friend with antimony poisoning.  That's weird, too, but Chem 101 proffered sufficient explanation.
 
2013-07-11 07:46:51 AM

super_grass: manimal2878: God Is My Co-Pirate: Don't use your iPhone to get all snitty about jewellery.

Except an cell phone at least serves some functional purpose where as jewellery is stupid.

Jewelry is like a good suit or well-designed car. It elevates you socially and improves your standing among peers No it doesn't.  This is the kind of thing poor ignorant people believe.  Wearing the same thing that a rich socially connected person does, does not make you the same., helping you secure future social and monetary advancements.

It is as useless as a peacock's feathers.


You sound like a woman, guess what, no straight man cares who designed your purse, it's just a bag.
 
2013-07-11 10:44:45 AM

Wangiss: How can you be allergic to a non-reactive substance like Gold?


Rings are not pure gold. Anything less than 24kt is alloyed with other stuff.
 
2013-07-11 01:33:43 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Carousel Beast: To The Escape Zeppelin!: Wangiss: Skirl Hutsenreiter: Or you can buy antique jewelry secure in the knowledge that whoever was mutilated in its manufacture is long dead.

Also, unlike those places that advertise nonstop on the radio, you are actually getting something unique. But too many people think used jewelry is somehow tainted.

The people who died for it may be long dead but it was the materials for old jewelry were probably mined in the most horrific conditions imaginable. Spanish mines in the Americas, where most silver is from, made the conditions in the article look like a holiday resort.

Is there a statue of limitations for blood items? It's not ok to but them directly but to buy them second hand years later is fine?

You understand that your comfy, modern civilization was built upon millennia of what you'd consider the most abhorrent barbarism, right? So, either accept that bad things happened in the past and you can't change it, and focus on prevention of bad things in the future, or just go kill yourself so you're not exploiting thousands of generations of poor, suffering humanity so you can post on Fark.

Wow. I was asking a semiserious question but it's ok, go ahead and freak out. When do blood minerals stop being blood minerals? When those who initially profited from them are dead? At some point we get to stop feeling bad about making jewelry out of blood diamonds so when does that happen?


Doh!

Sorry, that came across way more intensely than I meant. Sounds like an attack, and what I mean to say is, if it's in the past, and you can't change it, then don't sweat it. Don't buy something in the present like a "blood" material if it concerns you, so that you're not reinforcing the behavior. But when you get to a secondhand sale - even if it's only seconds old - the original transaction has already reinforced the behavior, and yours just isn't.

Again, that's if you care. I don't buy jewelry or precious metals that aren't components of my electronics, and frankly, even if I did, I wouldn't care about the conditions of those that had to procure them.
 
2013-07-11 04:20:23 PM

BATMANATEE: If you must have diamonds, just buy Canadian. All we do is fark over the <B>Natives</B> and Territories for their fair share of the mineral rights, so It's more of a <B>twisted arm</B> diamond than a blood diamond. Also, they have little polar bears etched on 'em!


Was that an Indian burn reference?  If so, nice.
 
2013-07-11 04:22:32 PM

Ivo Shandor: Wangiss: How can you be allergic to a non-reactive substance like Gold?

Rings are not pure gold. Anything less than 24kt is alloyed with other stuff.


I addressed that.
 
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