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Hope Diamond by Richard Kurin
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Jan 08, 2008

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bookshelves: nonfiction, 2006, bc2006
Read in June, 2006

I was starting to feel a little cursed myself while reading this book, since every time I tried to pick it up life would interfere. But alas, I and the book have prevailed and the reading is complete.
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 conversations overheard at the Smithsonian when folks go into to see the Hope. Because when I finally saw it I remember that I thought, "Gee, it's a lot of hoopla for something so small".
Since I don't know a lot of French history, the sections devoted to the French Revolution and the theft from the Royal warehouse made for fascinating reading.
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