If you had to draw a direct correlation between the five Cs of a diamond and life's five big lessons, it would be what?
I think it is not life's five big lessons but I would like to focus on the five Cs that make for a fine human being.
The first is clarity. In people, this would translate to a pure heart.
In the US, diamondiers go for the size of a rock – the bigger it is, the higher price it fetches. In the East, in countries such as China and Japan, clarity is more important than size. Here they are absolutely maniacal about flawless diamonds. Pureness in diamonds reflects purity in love.
The second is colour. I think this is all that is relative in human beings. What is white in London on a wintry afternoon is different from what is considered white in different light in the desert, for instance. I think colour is perception and deals with what you can make out about a person.
The third is cut. This has to do with how life's experiences polish you up, smoothening the edges, denting some characteristics and rounding off some traits. All of us get our individual cuts as life chisels away, for better or for worse.
The fourth is for carat. To me, this is the intrinsic value of a human being where your stature is reflected in the collective sum of your personality.
The last is certification. This is the proof of your authenticity that you earn from people around you.
As people, our reputations that we earn at home, in our circle of friends and in the work place go a long way in defining who we are.
Why is it that the most precious things in life come at a certain price? (And I don't use the term 'price' literally here.)
That is correct. What you give to one, you cannot give to another. This applies to money, time and love. We have to make choices all the way through our lives. For every decision, there is always a price to pay somewhere along the line.
Is it a human being's perception or nature's unwritten dictum that carbon is carbon by any other name, be it coal or diamond?
Although it is a human perception, and we could possibly be wearing coal instead of diamonds on our fingers; these things are dictated by the laws of rarity. The rarer a substance, the more valuable it is.
To a large extent, diamonds that were produced millions of years ago have only been discovered in the last 120 years. They are probably the rarest, most precious things on earth.
In an industry that is as hard as the diamonds it deals with, how do you keep hold of tenderness and inner brilliance in yourself?
By always being respectful, whatever the circumstances are. Rudeness does not bring anything.
It is said that is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Is the same true of diamonds (to have had some than never to be able to afford them at all)?
In the end we all lose, so it is better to have experienced than not.
Is every diamond merely waiting to be mined or do you think some diamonds are simply never meant to be discovered?
Beauty that's never discovered is probably more religious than real. Real beauty should be seen by as many people as possible.
Do you believe every human is a rough diamond and it is experience that brings out the best in him?