In the end, Judge Castel refused toprevent the sale of the apartment, anddismissed the appeal.

So ended the case of the diamond merchant who would be king. And what is Kalisch doing now? Well, he's out of the diamond business, according to a friend of his who still works at the old Diamond Exchange on West 47th Street. He's working with special-needs children, the friend said.

Garimpeiros at work, photographed from a federal police helicopter in 2004.
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Garimpeiros at work, photographed from a federal police helicopter in 2004.

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