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Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World by [Raden, Aja]
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“[Stoned] romps through the stories of eight jewels.” (New York Times)

“A lively, incisive cultural and social history.” (Kirkus)

“History enthusiasts will be entertained by Raden’s knowledge of famous names as well as her narrative approach to the topic. Occasional injections of humor will keep readers interested.” (Library Journal)

“Raden’s commentary on the often ugly side of human desire through the ages is consistently captivating, and her witty delivery makes the material shine.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Riveting, erudite.” (MORE Magazine)

“Raden brings impeccable credentials to the task at hand. She also writes with a blithe and breezy deftness, peppering her narrative with snarky but substantive footnotes that recall the insouciance of Mary Roach. A gem of a study into all that enchants and bewitches.” (Booklist)

“Aja Raden must be a kick at dinner parties … She’s also an appealingly informal, effortless storyteller, fascinated by the stories she tells.” (Seattle Times)

“a populist history told with humor and great relish. . . . Profanely funny.” (David Duchovny, author of Holy Cow)

“Money, power, sexual politics, and jewelry! Isn’t this what makes the world go ‘round? What more could I ask for in a book (Madonna)

“’Stoned’ has its own special vitreous luster, just as any emerald worth its salt - an illumination into what makes us irrationally human.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

From the Back Cover

What makes a stone a jewel? What makes a jewel priceless? And why do we covet expensive jewelry? In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history, jeweler and scientist Aja Raden tells an original and often startling story about our unshakeable addiction to beauty and the darker side of human desire. With sharp wit and a light touch, Raden weaves together history, science, and economics to explore our enduring love affair with beautiful things, and shows us that just like their glittering surfaces, jewels have a singular power to reflect our desires back to us and show us who we really are.


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  • File Size: 4623 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (December 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2015
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UG7YLVG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,093 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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