Diamonds Across Time

Diamonds Across Time

Diamonds Across Time

- Diamonds Across Time features ten essays by scholars in love with the stone - They present new discoveries, explore historic collections, investigate the trade in diamonds, explain the spectrum of colors, and, most important, discuss the human stories that underpin the adoration for diamonds - The book is illustrated with incredible photographs of rarely seen gems and jewels from closely held collections and reconstructions of historical diamonds, done with the help of state-of-the-art computer technology Diamonds tell stories that are captivating and timeless. On the one hand, they are just stones, pieces of pure carbon with optical properties that make them glitter and sparkle like stars. On the other, they are mystical entities hypnotically drawing the viewer into a time machine as it were, wherein a cinematic montage of their journey unfolds. Diamonds Across Time presents a sweeping overview of diamonds across time and space, featuring ten essays by world-renowned scholars in love the stone. Here, these authors present new discoveries; explore extraordinary collections; investigate histories, science, and trade; the nature of diamonds; legendary gems, jewelry collections, and great designers. Above all, they tell the human stories that underpin the adoration of diamonds. Diamonds Across Time is a richly illustrated publication with high-quality images of gems and jewels, archival documents, rare drawings, and fabulous photographs. The volume places diamonds in the context of the time in which they were discovered, and on the political, social, and cultural stage on which their histories were etched. In a rapidly changing world, diamonds are eternal. They were created by nature and grew in the womb of the earth. They tell stories, and they record history. With this book, diamonds will finally have their own storytellers. The book was compiled and edited by the World Diamond Museum's chief curator and world-renowned jewelry expert Dr. Usha R Balakrishnan. She and nine other distinguished authors wrote ten monographs written in the order in appearance: Introduction; The Nizam Diamond: Bala Koh-i-Noor, in the Sacred Trust of the Nizam of Hyderabad - Usha R. Balakrishnan; Diamonds of the French Crown Jewels: Between East and West - François Farges; A Concise History of Diamonds from Borneo - Derek J. Content; Indian Diamonds and the Portuguese Duriing the Rise of the Mughal Empire - Hugo Miguel Crespo; Two Large Diamonds from India - Jack Ogden; The Romanov Diamonds: History of Splendour - Stefano Papi; The Londonderry Jewels, 1819-1959 - Diana Scarisbrick; Dress to Impress in Southeast Asia - René Brus; Powerful Women, Important Diamonds - Ruth Peltason; One in Ten Thousand: The Unique World of Coloured Diamonds - John M. King.

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Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
Author : Usha R Balakrishnan
Publisher : World Diamond Museum Limited
Release : 2020
Total Pages : 432 Pages
ISBN : 1838048405


Blood Sweat And Earth

Blood Sweat And Earth

A sweeping history of our enduring passion for diamonds—and the exploitative industry that fuels it. Blood, Sweat and Earth is a hard-hitting historical exposé of the diamond industry, focusing on the exploitation of workers and the environment, the monopolization of uncut diamonds, and how little this has changed over time. It describes the use of forced labor and political oppression by Indian sultans, Portuguese colonizers in Brazil, and Western industrialists in many parts of Africa—as well as the hoarding of diamonds to maintain high prices, from the English East India Company to De Beers. While recent discoveries of diamond deposits in Siberia, Canada, and Australia have brought an end to monopolization, the book shows that advances in the production of synthetic diamonds have not yet been able to eradicate the exploitation caused by the world’s unquenchable thirst for sparkle.

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Genre : History
Author : Tijl Vanneste
Publisher : Reaktion Books
Release : 2021-09-16
Total Pages : 400 Pages
ISBN : 9781789144369


Blood Diamonds

Blood Diamonds

First discovered in 1930, the diamonds of Sierra Leone have funded one of the most savage rebel campaigns in modern history. These "blood diamonds" are smuggled out of West Africa and sold to legitimate diamond merchants in London, Antwerp, and New York, often with the complicity of the international diamond industry. Eventually, these very diamonds find their way into the rings and necklaces of brides and spouses the world over. Blood Diamonds is the gripping tale of how the diamond smuggling works, how the rebel war has effectively destroyed Sierra Leone and its people, and how the policies of the diamond industry - institutionalized in the 1880s by the De Beers cartel - have allowed it to happen. Award-winning journalist Greg Campbell traces the deadly trail of these diamonds, many of which are brought to the world market by fanatical enemies. These repercussions of diamond smuggling are felt far beyond the borders of the poor and war-ridden country of Sierra Leone, and the consequences of overlooking this African tragedy are both shockingly deadly and unquestionably global. Updated with a new epilogue.

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Genre : History
Author : Greg Campbell
Publisher : Basic Books
Release : 2012-04-03
Total Pages : 336 Pages
ISBN : 9780465029921


Barren Lands

Barren Lands

First published in 2001, Barren Lands is the classic true story of the men who sought—and found—a great diamond mine on the last frontier of the far north. From a bloody 18th-century trek across the Canadian tundra to the daunting natural forces facing protagonists Chuck Fipke and Stewart Blusson as they struggle against the mighty DeBeers cartel, this is the definitive account of one of the world’s great mineral discoveries. Combining geology, science history, raw nature, and high intrigue, it is also a tale of supreme adventure, taking the reader into a magical—and now fast-vanishing—wild landscape. Now in a newly revised and updated edition.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author : Kevin Krajick
Publisher : Open Road Media
Release : 2016-02-02
Total Pages : 460 Pages
ISBN : 9781504029162


Precious Objects

Precious Objects

In the middle of New York City lies a neighborhood where all secrets are valuable, all assets are liquid, and all deals are sealed with a blessing rather than a contract. Welcome to the diamond district. Ninety percent of all diamonds that enter America pass through these few blocks, but the inner workings of this mysterious world are known only to the people who inhabit it. In Precious Objects, twenty-six-year-old journalist Alicia Oltuski, the daughter and granddaughter of diamond dealers, seamlessly blends family narrative with literary reportage to reveal the fascinating secrets of the diamond industry and its madcap characters: an Elvis-impersonating dealer, a duo of diamond-detective brothers, and her own eccentric father. With insight and drama, Oltuski limns her family’s diamond-paved move from communist Siberia to a displaced persons camp in post–World War II Germany to New York’s diamond district, exploring the connections among Jews and the industry, the gem and its lore, and the exotic citizens of this secluded world. Entertaining and illuminating, Precious Objects offers an insider’s look at the history, business, and society behind one of the world’s most coveted natural resources, providing an unforgettable backstage pass to an extraordinary and timeless show.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Alicia Oltuski
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2011-07-19
Total Pages : 368 Pages
ISBN : 143917170X


Graff

Graff

In the spirit of Harry Winston, Baccarat, and Cartier, Rizzoli's Graff showcases the unrivaled sophistication and elegance of the jewelry house's collections, past and present. Drawing from a mix of archival images and stunning new images of contemporary jewelry designs, this specially designed book shows a world of treasure and rarity that can only come from the House of Graff: from famed precious gems, elegant designs, and unique timepieces to the majesty and mystery of diamonds in natural history and legend.

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Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
Author : Suzy Menkes
Publisher : Rizzoli Publications
Release : 2015
Total Pages : 272 Pages
ISBN : 9780847844814


Shattered Diamonds

Shattered Diamonds

It’s possible that Brunswick Bay Harbor's hottest single dad, Alex, killed his missing wife. But he needs a nanny, and Josie needs a job. So, wish her luck... Claire has been missing for nearly a year… …and the accusing looks tear Alex apart. Can he rebuild his life? Josie was the darling of Brunswick Bay Harbor. The locals rallied around her dreams of Olympic gold in swimming. It wasn’t to be and her life crashed down around her. Can she find meaning again? Alex misses his wife. Heartbroken and barely hanging on, he must raise his daughter alone. Living each day as the prime suspect in the scandal of the century is more than he can bear. How could they believe it was him? He needs help. Josie needs a job, and the only one she's qualified for is being a nanny to Alex's adorable daughter, Hannah. Will working for the town's most notorious murder suspect bring Jo the purpose she craves, or will it prove to be a deadly mistake? Can two lost souls save each other? Read this suspenseful small town romance book now for FREE. If you love Meghan Quinn, Melanie Harlow, Ivy Smoak, Lauren Landish, or L.J. Shen, dive into Ann Omasta’s small-town contemporary romance books. Brunswick Bay Harbor Gems: 1) Shattered Diamonds (FREE!) 2) Shining Pearls 3) Shimmering Emeralds 4) Shadowed Rubies 5) Shocking Sapphires 6) Shaded Amethysts

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Ann Omasta
Publisher : Ann Omasta
Release : 2020-08-10
Total Pages : 216 Pages
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Not All Diamonds And Ros

Not All Diamonds And Ros

THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! “I like to think of NOT ALL DIAMONDS AND ROSÉ as the ultimate reunion. I know readers will be surprised, entertained, and even shocked at what’s in store." - Andy Cohen Dave Quinn's Not All Diamonds and Rosé is the definitive oral history of the hit television franchise, from its unlikely start in the gated communities of Orange County to the pop culture behemoth it has become—spanning nine cities, hundreds of cast members, and millions of fans. What is it really like to be a housewife? We all want to know, but only the women we love to watch and the people who make the show have the whole story. Well, listen in close, because they’re about to tell all. Nearly all the wives, producers, and network executives, as well as Andy Cohen himself, are on the record, unfiltered and unvarnished about what it really takes to have a tagline. This is your VIP pass to the lives behind the glam squads, testimonials, and tabloid feuds. Life’s not all diamonds and rosé, but the truth is so much better, isn’t it? Includes Color Photographs

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author : Dave Quinn
Publisher : Andy Cohen Books
Release : 2021-10-19
Total Pages : 272 Pages
ISBN : 9781250765796


Diamond In The Rough American Heiresses Book 2

Diamond In The Rough American Heiresses Book 2

To save her family from financial ruin, Miss Poppy Garrison accepts an unusual proposition to participate in the New York social season in exchange for her grandmother settling a family loan that has unexpectedly come due. Ill-equipped to handle the intricacies of mingling within the New York Four Hundred, Poppy becomes embroiled in one hilarious fiasco after another, doomed to suffer a grand societal failure instead of being deemed the diamond of the first water her grandmother longs for her to become. Reginald Blackburn, second son of a duke, has been forced to travel to America to help his cousin, Charles Wynn, Earl of Lonsdale, find an American heiress to wed in order to shore up his family estate that is in desperate need of funds. Reginald himself has no interest in finding an heiress to marry, but when Poppy's grandmother asks him to give etiquette lessons to Poppy, he swiftly discovers he may be in for much more than he bargained for.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Jen Turano
Publisher : Baker Books
Release : 2019-09-03
Total Pages : 352 Pages
ISBN : 9781493420292


A Dream Across Time

A Dream Across Time

A Dream Across Time is the first novel in a saga about a family with deep roots in the Caribbean. The second book in the series, A Circle of Dreams will be published in June 2006.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Annie Rogers
Publisher : Bivens & Jensen Publishing
Release : 2005-11
Total Pages : 306 Pages
ISBN : 9780977018307