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Hope Diamond The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem

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ISBN-10: 0060873515

ISBN-13: 9780060873516

Edition: 2006

Authors: Richard Kurin

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From the diamond mines of India and the royal palaces of Europe to the jewelers of Fifth Avenue and the exhibit halls of the Smithsonian, the true story behind the most infamous gemstone in the world Since its discovery in seventeenth-century India, the Hope diamond, a glimmering deep-blue gem weighing more than 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. The Hope diamond's history is tied to the French Revolution, the machinations of British King George IV, the Gilded Age in America, and a number of adept jewelers, including Pierre Cartier…    
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 5/9/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Foreword
Introduction
Prologue
Gift to the Nation
Legend Delivered
The East
Tavernier's Quest
Golconda's Wealth
Cosmic Gem
The West
The French Blue
Insignia of the Golden Fleece
Stolen Crown Jewel
Revolutionary Bribe
Caroline's Legacy
Contraband
George's Trophy
Hope's Collectible
Brunswick's Obsession
from Heirloom to Valuable
Ornament of the East
Love Commodity
Unlucky Inventory
Cartier's Story
McLean's Temptation
Modernity's Curse
Yohe's Prop
High Society Talisman
Winston's Baby
Tax Deduction
America's Diamond
Museum Specimen 217868
National Treasure
Collection Keystone
Missing Pieces?
Pop Icon
Epilogue
Exorcising the Curse
Hope Diamond Timeline
Prices for the Blue Diamond
Acknowledgments
Credits and Sources: Photographs and Illustrations
Credits and Sources: Text Excerpts and Lyrics
Endnotes and References
Index