Diamond Trading

Tavernier was fascinated by the silent way in which business was conducted in the large trading hall - probably in the Carawan-i Sahu Bazaar in Golconda - so that only the would-be seller and potential buyer knew of the prices. Hands together as if in a handshake, and hidden under a cloth, they would exchange appropriate signals. 

'When the feller takes the purchaser by the whole hand, that signifies a thousand, and as often as he squeezes it, it means so many thousand Pagods or Roupies.' Lower values were done on the fingers; all five indicated 500, down to 100 on one; the knuckle of the middle-finger indicated 50 and 10, if only the fingertip.


All historical texts above from: Een Streling Voor Het Oog, Antwerpen 1997 





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