For most people, diamonds are the centerpiece of the unique engagement rings they give to their one true love. To some of us, however, diamonds are just a quick path to easy money. The very name of the gang of diamond thieves currently generating more than their share of press attention with an enormous diamond theft valued at more than $150 million is drawn from a movie glamorizing diamond thieves.
The Pink Panthers gang have been around since 1999 and have been associated with some 100 major robberies – impressive, but obviously not really admirable. Named after the 1963 movie, remade in 2006, about a bunch of glamorous jewel thieves being hunted by a bumbling police inspector named Clouseau, police are taking pains to remind the public that the high lifestyles and good manners of gentlemen and lady jewel thieves depicted in movies like “The Pink Panther” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief” are figures of fantasy.
Real diamond thieves are probably more like the grubby goons of Quentin Tarantino’s breakthrough hit, “Reservoir Dogs” without the snazzy threads or the snappy dialogue That’s certainly the picture being painted by police, but what’s really interesting is why they feel the need to remind us of the obvious – that thieves are generally not the nicest people and that living on the run from police isn’t anyone’s idea of a swanky paradise. Why do we want to glamorize diamond thieves so?
Well, at least part of the reason, we think, is the beauty of diamonds themselves — whether seen in elaborate three stone engagement rings or individually, diamonds are just gorgeous. After all, it’s one thing to steal grubby and often literally dirty money from your fellow man, it’s quite another to deprive some fabulously wealthy diamond owner or diamond store of one of the most beautiful of nature and humanity’s creations. Whether in halo engagement rings or gorgeous pave settings, diamonds are so beautiful, we imagine that only the likes of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly are beautiful enough to steal them. If only that were the case!