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  • Title: Hope: Adventures of a Diamond
  • Author: Marian Fowler
  • ISBN: 9780345444868
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Born scores of miles below the earth s surface eons ago, the great gem known today as the Hope diamond has been crisscrossing countries and cultures for than two thousand years, bringing fortune and disaster alike to its many owners Marian Fowler reconstructs the flawless blue diamond s long journey from its discovery in the mines of northern India to Europe and onBorn scores of miles below the earth s surface eons ago, the great gem known today as the Hope diamond has been crisscrossing countries and cultures for than two thousand years, bringing fortune and disaster alike to its many owners Marian Fowler reconstructs the flawless blue diamond s long journey from its discovery in the mines of northern India to Europe and onward to America Along the way she looks at the strange mania for gem collecting among Europe s nobility noting, for instance, that French monarch Louis bought 16 million worth of jewels in the year 1687, to his treasurer s great consternation studies a remarkable gang of jewel thieves who used the turmoil of the French Revolution to their highly profitable advantage and examines the career of the American entrepreneur and gem collector Harry Winston, who became obsessed with owning all the world s largest, most famous diamonds, and whose largesse, though self serving, made the great gem part of the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Fowler s tale has all the twists and turns of a good mystery, and gem fanciers and history buffs alike will enjoy following the Hope diamond s curious career through her pages Gregory McNamee
    Hope Adventures of a Diamond Born scores of miles below the earth s surface eons ago the great gem known today as the Hope diamond has been crisscrossing countries and cultures for than two thousand years bringing fortune and d

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    1. This book was very well researched and debunked much of the spurious history of the stone The fabled curse is imaginary bad things have happened to its owners, but bad things happen to everyone, and some owners invited catastrophe by their behavior.

    2. Meticulously researched, and with a touch of creativity to bring historical figures to life Over the centuries this gem has laid bare humanity s most passionate qualities, our romanticism and craftsmanship, our greed and vanity A truly amazing journey in a very readable and well crafted history book.

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