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Hope Diamond
The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem
By (author): Richard Kurin Foreword by: David J. Skorton
9781588344182 Paperback, Trade English General Trade ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES / Jewelry Feb 28, 2017
$21.95 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 1 in 400 pages 50 BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS Smithsonian Books
An entertaining and well-researched history of the Hope diamond

Since its discovery in seventeenth-century India, the Hope diamond, a glimmering deep blue gem weighing over 45 carats, has been shrouded in mystery and steeped in intrigue. In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Richard Kurin goes beyond the speculation to reveal the truth behind a legendary stone.

Kurin, a cultural anthropologist, spent more than a decade on the trail of the legendary gem. But the ’curse’ that surrounds it, which Kurin puts to rest once and for all, is only one small piece of a long and lustrous story that moves between ancient religion and modern magic, royal power and class rivalry, revenge and greed. Richly illustrated, Hope Diamond works in a grand historical tradition: depicting the specific to reveal the universal.

RICHLY ILLUSTRATED: Includes 50 photographs and illustrations that bring the gem’s story to new life.

TRUTH BEHIND THE TREASURE: Kurin debunks the myths and rumors, presenting the whole storied past of one of the world’s most famous gems.

OBJECT APPEAL: The Hope Diamond is one of the Smithsonian’s most popular attractions, drawing lovers of history, jewelry, and material culture alike.

RICHARD KURIN is the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution. A former Fulbright fellow with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, he is the author of The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects; Madcap May: Mistress of Myth, Men, and Hope; and Reflections of a Culture Broker: A View from the Smithsonian. Kurin has been awarded the Smithsonian Secretary’s Gold Medal for Exceptional Service and the American Folklore Society’s Botkin Prize for lifetime achievement.

Author Residence: Washington, DC

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“A page-turner, much in league with The DaVinci Code. But it is all true.” -Washington Times

“During his chronicle, the author, director of the Smithsonian’s national programs, describes the history of the diamond trade, how precious stones were classified, the long-circulating myth that a curse was attached to the Hope diamond and royal politics of the times, for a serious but fascinating look at cultural and gemological history.” -Publishers Weekly

“Kurin’s solid research is his strength in this account of the jewel’s provenance and popular allure.” -Booklist

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