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Hope diamond : the legendary history of a cursed gem

Author: Richard Kurin
Publisher: [Washington, DC] : Smithsonian Books ; New York : Collins, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Kurin
ISBN: 0060873515 9780060873516 0060873523 9780060873523
OCLC Number: 61859911
Description: xii, 388 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Gift of 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 cruse --
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 --
Exorcising the curse.
Responsibility: Richard Kurin.
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"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 and Harry Winston. In the twentieth century, the story of the Hope diamond's curse made it more famous than ever before; some six million people visit it every year at the Smithsonian Institution. But this legend, 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." "Kurin, a cultural anthropologist, has spent more than a decade on the trail of the legendary gem. His narrative is filled with fascinating places and people - from the fabled diamond city of Golconda to the fabulously rich heiress Evalyn McClean to Jackie Kennedy and her role in one of the Hope's few twentieth-century trips abroad. Richly illustrated, Hope Diamond works in a grand historical tradition - depicting the specific to reveal the universal."--Jacket.

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