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Not all diamonds sparkle

Ross Ferguson


I READ a story on the BBC News website today. It was about a lady that bought a ring for £10 at a car boot sale 30 years ago, and wore it day-to-day as she thought it was a piece of costume jewellery.

Her thinking was that the diamond couldn’t possibly have been real as it was too large and it was rather dull – real diamonds are supposed to be sparkly after all.

Turns out the ring was a 19th century, 26 carat, cushion-shaped diamond and it’s expected to sell at Sotheby’s for £350,000 in July.

Community pharmacists and their teams are diamonds hidden in their communities – 6 million people visit pharmacies every day in the UK. We quietly get on with our work, we don’t broadcast our achievements well enough, but we are appreciated by the people that use our services day-after-day: we have real value to them and make a difference in their lives.

Sometimes you don’t know the value of something until it’s too late – by that time it’s been cast aside for something shinier and it’s lost forever, but this story serves to remind us that not all diamonds sparkle.

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