Streets lined with shops and jewelry exchanges, their windows filled with dazzling pieces. Crowded with shoppers, cops, street hustlers and courier; there was a constant state of motion.
Above and below these street level operations were back rooms where artisans toiled, cutting, polishing and sorting precious gemstones. There were more behind the scenes people, there were the graders, appraisers, designers and dealers, and lots of deals.
“Series K-7991, simply called ‘the vault,” Kuryakin noted as they were escorted downstairs in one of those shops in New York’s diamond district on 47th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
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