Hope Diamond: The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem
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 l...more
Kurin not only captures every bit of history surrounding the Hope diamond, but the mining, trading, and cutting associated with diamonds in general. I found myself, more than once, trapping anyone around me and making them listen as I read a passage or two. I had to laugh when Kurin talks about the ...more
But cursed doesn't seem likely.
The Hope Diamond is one of the draws to Smithison Natural History museum. It forms part of a gem collection and is always surronded by people, most of whom just look at it because everyone else is. Or they think it is the biggest diamond in the world. (I like the mammal better myself, though there is something about the Hope).
Kurin's book is as ...more
Favorite quotes: "There are those who would believe that somehow a curse is housed deep in the blue of the Hope diamond. I scoff at that in the privacy of my mind, for I do comprehen ...more
In this case, there is only so much to be said can say about one gemstone, no matter how storied and beautiful. Richard Kurnin says it -- and more -- in this tome about the Hope Diamond. While there are plenty of interesting facts and vignettes in this book, it is just too long, and at times it drags insufferably. It would have been far better condensed into an article, or a couple of chapters in a book about the provenance o ...more