THE AMERICAN STAR


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Iain Kelly

In the Catoca diamond mine in Angola, a worker named Enano do Nascimento uncovered a rare pink diamond. It was the largest pink diamond yet discovered. He was given a bonus of 1,000 Angolan kwanza (about $6). That night he celebrated with his family and his children ate well for a month.

The mining conglomerate auctioned the pink diamond, ‚ÄėThe Angolan Star,‚Äô at Sotheby‚Äôs in London. ¬†Several collectors, governments and companies bid, but the CEO of a Silicon Valley tech company won.He paid $30 million.

He renamed the¬†pink diamond ‚ÄėThe American Star‚Äô. It sat in his office in Santa Clara for six months.

Then the diamond was shipped to China. At a factory, it was broken down and used to make 5000 limited edition mobile phones with ultra strong pink shaded screens. They sold at $10,000 each and sold out within one day.

Three months later all the limited edition mobile phones were recalled after…

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