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Stoned : jewelry, obsession, and how desire shapes the world

Author: Aja Raden
Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2016. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Ecco paperback editionView all editions and formats
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An account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history shares insights into the role of precious gemstones in triggering cultural movements, political dynasties, and wars, while exploring how jewels reflect darker aspects of human nature.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aja Raden
ISBN: 9780062334701 0062334700
OCLC Number: 943697965
Description: xii, 356 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Contents: Want : desire, delusion, and the scarcity effect. Keep the change : the beads that bought Manhattan ; Precedents are forever : the first diamond engagement ring ; The color of money : the emerald parrot, and the making and unmaking of the Spanish empire --
Take : obsessions, possessions, and the mechanics of war. The importance of being famous : the necklace that started the French Revolution ; Hello, sailor : how sibling rivalry and a really big pearl shaped the fate of nations ; The old shell game : the golden eggs that funded the Soviet start-up --
Have : industry, innovation, and the light at the end of the tunnel. The boss's string : pearl culture, cultured pearls, and Japan's race to modernity ; Timing is everything : World War I and the first wristwatch.
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An account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history shares insights into the role of precious gemstones in triggering cultural movements, political dynasties, and wars, while exploring how jewels reflect darker aspects of human nature.

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"[Stoned] romps through the stories of eight jewels." -- New York Times "A lively, incisive cultural and social history." -- Kirkus "History enthusiasts will be entertained by Raden's knowledge of Read more...

 
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