This isn't a hate-on romance, or jewelry. I love both. This is just the story of a story. In fact, it's the story of two stories. One is the story of the very first diamond engagement ring, given to the Princess Mary of Burgundy by Archduke Maximillion when he proposed in 1477 AD.
Unlike other objects, diamond rings powerfully inculcate gender differences and sexual status. They say, "I am taken," and a large ring says, "I am taken by a rich man that would crush your man, Darwinian-style."
Paper. We use it daily in one way or another; to scribble and draw on, to feed our printers or simply just to read off. But this material is capable of a lot more. This is where paper engineers like Lydia Shirreff come into their own.
In this parody from Oscar Meyer poking fun at De Beers' romanticization of diamonds, we are taken for a ridiculous ride in which bacon has its own 4 C's, and soon-to-be-engaged couples go speechless looking at strips of bacon displayed in black velvet jewelry cases.