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Hope Diamond The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem

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ISBN-10: 0060873523

ISBN-13: 9780060873523

Edition: 2007

Authors: Richard Kurin

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Since its discovery in seventeenthcentury 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…    
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/4/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
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