|At the entrance to the De Beers Mines in Northern Cape, South Africa|
This morning I visited the Big Hole, which is the great diamond mine of De Beers in Kimberley, Northern Cape.
The weather was very warm and I initially was not planning to look at diamonds at all.
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A CITY BUILT BY DIAMONDS
However, Kimberley is a city whose fate is completely tied to diamonds, so it's inevitable that you get drawn into thinking about diamonds -- and buying them.
So when I walked into the Big Hole, I was already of half a mind to at least look for a pink diamond.
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MY BIG PICTURE WISHLIST
That's on my Big Picture wishlist although it's not urgent; and I thought that if I found a pink diamond for a bargain -- is there ever such a thing? -- I might make some attempts to take out the credit card.
|This was on the wall of the De Beers Big Hole Museum. Haha.|
So I wasn't really thinking straight -- I blame it on all the rooibos tea and the talk of life in Kimberley and its connection to diamonds in the past two days.
ALL'S WELL, END'S WELL
|This is an eight carat unpolished diamond|
Anyway, in the end, I ended up not buying any diamonds.
I didn't even look at stones except for five minutes, to see what an eight carat unpolished gem looks like.
|This was the two-carat top-grade diamond ring|
I also tried on a US$50,000 diamond ring which was two carats of the best quality.
Of course this was not something I was even remotely thinking about, but I just had to see what such a beautiful diamond on my finger was like.
And with all the sadness in our part of the world, this certainly isn't the time to be buying anything extravagant.
A LOVELY LOCAL ARTWORK
|I bought this tree for my dining table|
I even thought I might put appetizers on it when I host a dinner, a la El Celler de Can Roca.
Now all I have to do is find time to host such a dinner in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.