Gems seem to be moving to the literary forefront, with The Hope Diamond out in May and The Heartless Stone: A Journey through the World of Diamonds, Deceit and Desire due in August. In her follow-up to Color, Finlay looks at diamonds and eight more of the world's most coveted gemstones. In each chapter, she discusses the jewel's history and travels to the stone's place of origin: abandoned emerald mines in Egypt, working opal mines in Australia, a pearl-fisher's home in Scotland and an Apache reservation that holds most of the world's supply of peridot. Finlay is also fascinated by the lengths to which people will go to fabricate jewels: one company manufactures diamonds from cremated human remains. While each journey holds its own charms—Finlay's trek to Sri Lanka to uncover the pedigree of a family heirloom sapphire is particularly enjoyable—they don't fully gel into a cohesive whole, and detailed stories about, say, the way one Japanese entrepreneur transformed the world's pearl market are juxtaposed with historical trivia. Still, Finlay's winning personality may well be enough to keep readers turning the pages. 8 pages of color and b&w illus. throughout. (Aug.)
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Inspired by the engagement ring she'd received from her fiance, Finlay set off on a journey that literally took her around the world intent on uncovering the history behind some of the planet's most valuable gems. Her investigation of amber takes her to a much--diminished mining town in Russia, where Stalin once had a gulag full of people to work the mines. Finlay visits with former pearl fishers in Scotland who used to search the rivers for mussels before they became endangered. In Egypt she discovers the truth about Cleopatra's legendary emerald mines, while in Burma she goes on a more personal journey to trace the roots of a sapphire her father bought for her mother. She lays out the myth of the supposedly cursed Hope diamond before debunking it as a tall tale made up by Pierre Cartier to make a sale. Part personal journey, part historical anecdote, this rich, comprehensive book will no doubt appeal to jewelry lovers curious about the story behind the sparkle. Kristine Huntley
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This writer knows her stuff! Easy and interesting....really a must.....Published 2 months ago by Paula Bauer
Each chapter is short and sweet, with lots of wonderful treats for me.Published 2 months ago by robert ferguson
This was a really fun story about jewels, very educational and it covered so much I had not known before.Published 4 months ago by Lorie Prestyly
Really fascinating read. I didn't know half of this stuff. I highly recommend it, especially if you buy and cut your own rough.Published 11 months ago by Susan S. Carroll
As a jewelry admirer (or some would say, fanatic), I loved reading about my favorite subject. I definitely learned many interesting stories and facts and will look at some of my... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cascadiana
Great Book for those interested in the histories and background information about specific gems and pearls, as well as general technical info about them. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Debra A. Newell
I am doing research on the story of Kokichi Mikimoto, the founder of the Japanese cultured pearls. I intially bought the ebook because I was drunk and probably read the title... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Grünenberg, Reginald