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Brilliance and fire : a biography of diamonds / Rachelle Bergstein.

Bergstein, Rachelle, author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch 553.82 BERGSTEIN (Text) 33946003122616 Nonfiction . 2nd Floor Available -
Morgan County Public Library - Waverly 553.82 BER (Text) 78551000526575 Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0062323776
  • ISBN: 9780062323774
  • Physical Description: xvii, 375 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-352) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The buyers : how the American rich came to love diamonds -- The seekers : how one sickly Englishman took over the diamond industry -- The lovers : how young women came to expect diamond rings (part I) -- The show-offs : how a single stone bewitched its owners, and captivated America -- The optimists : how the industry survived two world wars and the Great Depression -- The sellers : how young women came to expect diamond rings (part II) -- The queens : how Wallis Simpson earned her diamonds -- The stars : how an advertising agency got diamonds ready for their close-up -- The winners : how Elizabeth Taylor learned to speak Italian -- The meddlers : how little stones got big -- The inventors : how to make a diamond (and provoke De Beers) -- The illusionists : how the magicians protected their tricks -- The masters : how the Australians democratized diamonds -- The stunners : how tough guys started wearing diamonds -- The critics : how a global crisis changed the meaning of "forever" -- The innovators : how to sell diamonds in a (more) enlightened world.
Summary, etc.: "Sheds new light on the enticing, often surprising, story of our society's enduring obsession with the hardest gemstone, offering a fascinating history of its origins and revealing its greatest champions and most colorful enthusiasts. 25,000 first printing,"--NoveList.
Subject: Diamonds > Social aspects.
Diamonds > History.
Diamond industry and trade > History.

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