#50 - Can The World Get Any Smaller?

Posted on Thursday, October 10th, 2019 at 5:13 am by LaLonde Jewelers

Just a few thousand years ago there were many places on earth that humans weren't aware of their surroundings even though it was only a few hundred miles away. Possibly because of a mountain range or a body of water that separated the land, it seemed like the world as they knew was so large and so far away.

Then came people like Columbus, Vasco da Gama, Captain Cook, Marco Polo, Lewis and Clark. The world started to get smaller.

Time passed, we got wagon trains, steam ships, automobiles, airplanes, telephones, televisions and even rocket ships. The world got smaller yet.
Today we have computers with internet, phones with social media, boy, is the world getting small.

Well, I hadn’t really thought about how small it was really getting until something happened to me recently.

35 years ago, in 1984, I had a Gemological Laboratory in Honolulu, Hawaii. I would go from place to place doing jewelry appraisals. I had made a swing through Anchorage, Alaska, and had appraised a diamond ring. At that time the appraisal number was 6387 meaning that it was the 6387th client I had appraised for. My sequence number today is approaching 20,000. I don’t think I have met the person who has appraised more jewelry than me. That might sound amazing, but this is more amazing.

Alexander Graham Bell

I have folks that work for me who are savvy on the computer. They have me set up with avenues on social media, web sites and so on. There are ways for people to contact me in the event they might want to sell their jewelry. Well, a person who lives in Florida reached out to me to see if I might buy her diamond. She sent me a copy of her appraisal that had been appraised 35 years earlier by a guy who owned a gem laboratory in Honolulu and had appraised the ring in Anchorage. You know what? It was me. She now lives in Florida and found me in Michigan in 2019. All through the internet. She had no idea of the connection until I emailed her back and told her. “Amazing”, she said.

I am going to tell you something that couldn’t have happened in Columbus’s day, it couldn’t have happened with the first telephones, I don’t think it could have happened with the early automobiles or the first space rockets. But it can happen today. I believe at the rate we are going the world will get a lot smaller.

Like the comedian (Steven Wright) said, “it’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to paint it.”


Written by Dan LaLonde, G.G., G.I.A.
Lalonde Jewelers & Gemologists
The Gem Expert