Reprinted from June 1992
“Can you tell me if these are real diamonds?”
An anxious customer shifted uneasily as he brought forth a man’s ring from his pocket. His furtive behavior implied that his ring might be “hot.” He glanced over his shoulder repeatedly as though he half expected the local vice squad to burst through the door and arrest him.
RB took the ring and checked it quickly. “No,” he said in a flat tone.
“No, they’re not diamonds or no, you can’t tell me?” the customer asked.
“No, they are not diamonds!”