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In spite of ups and downs over decades the price of diamonds has remained essentially stable and under total control of nothing short of a racket. Created and managed by the De Beers cartel, the value of what were once just rocks in the ground has risen to the point where they are now coveted and revered around the world. And once you buy one, well, it's yours - forever! In the February 1982 issue of The Atlantic magazine, noted author Edward Jay Epstein laid out how it all began in a piece entitled: Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond? The story is both fascinating and revealing.

Originally posted on The Dog is Loose blog October 4, 2007.

ATM-Exaggerator-Online, your online source for up-to-the minute information about the ATM industry recently interviewed Les Worthington, President of Consolidated Regional ATM Partners.