Hope Diamond: The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem
An entertaining and well-researched history of the Hope diamond
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 legendary gem. But the 'curse' that surrounds it, which Kurin puts to rest once and for all, is only one small piece of a long and lustrous story that moves between ancient religion and modern magic, royal power and class rivalry, revenge and greed. Richly illustrated, Hope Diamond works in a grand historical tradition: depicting the specific to reveal the universal.
High Society Talisman
AMERICAS DIAMOND 26 Museum Specimen 217868
From Heirloom to Valuable
Ornament of the East
Exorcising the Curse
Hope Diamond Timeline
Prices for the Blue Diamond
Photographs and Illustrations
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