Are diamonds really scarce? Can anyone tell the difference between synthetic diamonds & natural diamonds? Does De Beers control the global diamond trade? These questions and more will be discussed in Craig Mudge’s photo-illustrated presentation entitled “Diamond Myths and Realities” Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St. This event is free and open to all.

Mudge spent the last five years of his business career as an executive director at De Beers Consolidated Mines of Johannesburg, South Africa and The Diamond Trading Co. of London. During his seven years at BHP Ltd. in Melbourne, Australia, BHP developed Canada’s first diamond mine, Ekati, located north of Yellowknife near the Arctic Circle. Mudge's early career was spent at General Electric. He held executive positions with Motorola in Chicago and London prior to moving to Australia. He and his wife, Pamela, are year-round residents of Camden.

Tthis event is offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 29th Annual Camden Conference: The New Africa, Feb. 19 to 21

For more information, visit camdenconference.org, email info@camdenconference.org, or call 236-1034.