diamond merchant. On the face of it it looks like one of those
mysterious occupations that you cannot work up to. There are no
correspondence courses for learning to be a president or a diamond
merchant, and no "assisted passages".
you do not need much money, despite appearances, to be a diamond
merchant—provided you have the necessary credit. Ever since the first
struggling days when I first established myself I have enjoyed two
vital things: good health and good credit. Nevertheless, it was not
through any effort on my part that I first handled diamonds. It was in
the days when I was still handling amethysts, peridots, opals,
sapphires, anything, in fact, that came along, but was already deep in
my lifelong attachment to pearls. A man named Brodnik came to see me.