I am seriously having second thoughts about buying a diamond engagement ring one of these days. I stumbled on this article and it put something I've now become more and more familiar with in such a way that it made me make a decision. There is a corrupt world behind those sparkly diamonds we buy to show our highest affections, and I'm not going to support it. My future wife will get something a far more unique. The article makes a very compelling argument for doing away with a long standing American tradition.