Jewels

Jewels

A Secret History

eBook - 2006
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A history of gemstones brings together the lore and legends of fabulous jewels, from ancient times to the present day, offering tales, trivia, and secrets about diamonds, rubies, sapphires, pearls, opals, and other precious and semi-precious stones.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780345493354
0345493354
9781299080904
1299080901
0345466942
9780345466945
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 472 pages) : illustrations

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humbleworm
Sep 26, 2018

Fascinating. I would highly recommend her other book "Color: A Natural History of the Palette" (also published as "Colour: Travels Through The Paint Box") too, although the library no longer has a copy of it.

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owlycatgirl
Jul 04, 2013

This is a great read. The author takes you on an armchair journey through the often mysterious and fascinating world of the world's most precious gem stones. Well written and researched, it answered many questions I have long wondered about. In the last pages she even reveals how DeBeers has controlled the diamond industry, and keeps prices of the relatively common diamond at prices far higher than they should be.

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