Category Archives: Diamonds

SUKKOT / BET ON CRAZY

Two years ago the Diamond District on 47th Street was dead on the high holiday of Sukkot. All throughout the shetls of Williamsburg families were commemorating the Hebrews’ wandering in the desert after the Exodus in Egypt by setting up sukkahs or outside dwelling to symbolize the tents on that decades-long journey to find someplace […]

BET ON CRAZY – THE FOUR CS By Peter Nolan Smith [Kindle Edition]

In 1990 a friend in the New York’s Diamond District asked me to help him at his exchange. I knew nothing about diamonds other than Superman could squeeze coal to create them. Coal was a diamond after intense pressure changed its density. At first that was all I knew, but I slowly learned about the […]

BET ON CRAZY by Peter Nolan Smith / The 4Cs – Color

The last week of January I was hurrying down the sidewalk on West 47th Street. I had been on the job since my friend Richie Boy had busted both his knees skiing at Jackson Hole. My watch read 9:35. I was late for the third time this week and it was only Wednesday. Lenny the […]

BET ON CRAZY / CARAT WEIGHT by Peter Nolan Smith

The day after Christmas Manny’s longtime partner, Lee, was showing a 7.04 Cushion Cut Round Diamond to a retired couple from West Palm Beach. The sixtyish woman wore a fashionable Dior outfit, though her nasal accent betrayed Brooklyn roots with an envious coo, “I don’t know, it’s so bigggg!” Her husband’s skin color of an […]

BET ON CRAZY / The Blue Diamond Affair

In the autumn of 2008 Richie Boy opened our jewelry store in the Plaza Hotel’s Retail Collection. I thought we were going to coin a fortune. The Plaza was a legend. Rich people stayed there. It didn’t take me long to see a disaster looming on the horizon. The American economy was in the can […]