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.
“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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