For your weekend reading enjoyment, I highly recommend this recent New Yorker profile of Eira Thomas, co-founder and CEO of diamond-mining upstart Lucara, which has developed a knack for discovering particularly large stones:
Gren Thomas dismissed the idea that Lucara had been lucky. His
daughter, he said, was both a workaholic and a rigorous scientist.
Although it was “beyond anyone’s dreams” that the biggest diamond
since the Cullinan would be discovered at Karowe, he felt that
Eira had an unteachable talent for discovery. “She has a good
smell for things that are liable to be successful,” Gren told me.
“She has a good nose, as they say in our business.”
The whole story is fascinating: from the security of modern diamond mines to the history of the marketing that keeps diamond prices high. And, just a week after publication, Lucara found another very large diamond.
★ Sunday, 16 February 2020