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Created: 1999
Original mandala: gel pen
8in x 8in (21cm x 21cm)
Background: Photoshop

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  The darkness of diamonds  
NO MATTER how dazzling it may appear, hidden deep within and between the flashing and flaring facets of a cut diamond, there are shadows. There are dark surfaces that turn away from and resist the light, that remain unknown, running like seams of darkness through the brilliance of the white stone. It has to be so, for without these shadowy obstructions, how is the light to fall in such delicately defined shapes within the diamond’s depths? Such it is with all things in life – the darkness is not less necessary than the light, for light canno

cannot exist without the darkness against which it can be seen.

But there is another darkness in diamonds also – the worldly darkness of greed, the greed that has cost the lives and wellbeing of so many thousands of workers in the mines down the centuries, the greed that has led to vicious wars and fuelled countless dirty deeds done for the sake of these small pieces of stone.


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