But for the people of Mosquito Coast in Cocobila, Honduras, a lobster is priced at 352 lives.
The Miskitos are a native American ethnic group in Central America, and most of them dive for lobsters to earn a living. These lobsters are no ordinary lobsters--they are considered luxury food for the European and American market, and the Miskitos literally risk their lives catching these sea critters for the rich and famous.
Now that they know the reason behind the constant headache, they still can't anything about it--they are paid because most of them can't afford an additional gauge. And most ship captains don't trust the divers to handle better kit.
Since 2003, the Association of Disabled Miskito Divers has registered 352 deaths from Decompression Sickness (DCS), but this is a conservative figure: many will have been killed at sea never to be accounted for, and hundreds more will have died at home, slowly, from diving injuries. But a beggar can't be a chooser, as the only other established industry in Honduras is drug trafficking. Not wanting to get involved with drugs, young Miskito men must continue to risk their lives diving for lobsters.
A diamond is a symbol of eternal love, and a lobster, err... luxury food.
But human lives are more valuable than either glittering stones or tasty sea critters.