Hope Diamond

Hope Diamond

The Legendary History of A Cursed Gem

Book - 2007 2006
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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.

Publisher: [Washington, DC] : Smithsonian Books ; New York : Harper, 2007. c2006
Edition: 1st Smithsonian Books pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780060873523
0060873523
Branch Call Number: 736.23 KUR NVD
Characteristics: xii, 388 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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