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Rough cut: How the global diamond trade shaped New York’s skyline

Rough cut: How the global diamond trade shaped New York’s skyline

There are figurative cutthroat businesses, and there are literal ones. Yitzchak Tessler knows the difference. Chain-smoking in his Midtown office, he recalled his days flying from South Africa into civil war-torn Angola to buy gemstones. In the 1980s, “blood diamond” hadn’t yet become a rallying cry for human-rights groups, and traders could work in war zones with impunity. The country’s capital, Luanda, was a woebegone place — sewage in the streets, no running water in […]


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