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Clarity, Cut, and Culture: The Many Meanings of Diamonds

Susan Falls


Images of diamonds appear everywhere in American culture. And everyone who has a diamond has a story to tell about it. Our stories about diamonds not only reveal what we do with these tiny stones, but also suggest how we create value, meaning, and identity through our interactions with material culture in general. Things become meaningful through our interactions with them, but how do people go about making meaning? What can we learn from an ethnography about the production of identity, creation of kinship, and use of diamonds in understanding selves and social relationships? By what means do ... More

Keywords: diamonds, American culture, material culture, New York, De Beers campaign, romance, glamour, consumers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781479810666
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479810666.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Falls, author