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  • Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World
  • Aja Raden
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  • 08 October 2017
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Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World

Free read ã Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook As entertaining as it is incisive Stoned is a raucous journey through the history of human desire for what is rare and therefore preciousWhat makes a stone a jewel What makes a jewel priceless And why do we covet beautiful things In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history jeweler and scientist Aja Raden tells an original and often startling story about our unshakeable add. This book looks at a few gemstones and discusses their history and indeed some of the lucrative items of jewelry created using these gemstones over time The book begins with a introduction into diamonds and how their perceived value was all the marketing ploy of De Beers The book gives a sweeping overview of some of major pieces of jewellery that have been created with diamonds most notably Marie Antoinettes famous diamond necklace The chapter on emeralds makes for fascinating reading from how they are formed in the earths crust to their conuest by the Spanish in ColombiaPearls get a lengthy discussion on their formation in the innards of mollusks to the famous and their history from La Peregrina to modern day cultured pearls in Japan which are still real pearls just farmed if that makes sense The story of the most expensive Easter eggs going Russian Faberge eggs are given some very detailed discussion with some fascinating insight how Armand Hammer of Occidental Petroleum played his part in bringing them to America Though I found it a bit annoyingbizarre that the story was intermittently interrupted by a paragraph on the details of one of the Faberge eggs 14 times I think It would have been better in an AppendixThe style of the authors writing is certainly uniue She has clearly pushed the publisher hard to get across her personality which includes many subjective tongue in cheek comments such as he makes my skin crawl Some may find it annoying at times but I thought it was most appropriate and actually added to the enjoyment of the bookThere are a couple of reasons why this book is only 4 star and not 5 She sometimes goes on far too long about how frivolous Marie Antoinette was in her personal life while interesting gets lost from the story of diamond necklace or indeed diamonds in general The same could be said about the love triangle involving Mary Tudor and King Philip of Spain which goes on for 10 pages without really adding to the story of the pearl At the same time her research on many aspects of history is pretty decent for someone who is not a historian But another reason for deduction of the star is that none of the historical references are referenced There is no reference list at all actually which in a book of such an amount of historical detailis a bit surprising Yes it is a pain but it is necessaryStill a hugely enjoyable book and a great job to the author and publisher

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Free read ã Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Iction to beauty and the darker side of human desireWhat moves the world is what moves each of us desire Jewelrywhich has long served as a stand in for wealth and power glamor and successhas birthed cultural movements launched political dynasties and started wars Masterfully weaving together pop science and history Stoned breaks history into three categoriesWant Take and Haveand explains what the diamon. Fantastic writing and fascinating approach on the subject of jewels luxury and desire Raden writes in such a way that you can be laughing and learning at the same time It s a great book for anyone working in Jewellery retail and has helped me understand the history of why people desire to acuire luxury and eually loading you with lots of useful history and stories to sell Great as an interest and education read I ve since passed this book on to a friend and need to get another copy Looking forward to future publications from this author

Free read Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World

Free read ã Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook D on your finger has to do with the GI Bill why green tinted jewelry has been exalted by so many cultures why the glass beads that bought Manhattan for the Dutch were initially considered a fair trade and how the French Revolution started over a coveted necklaceStudded with lively personalities and fascinating details Stoned tells the remarkable story of our abiding desire for the rare and extraordinary. Incredible book about the power of perception suggestion and how the dark side of human nature and our gullibility has determined the path and history of the world I will never see things the same againIt is well written easy to read enjoyable humorous and fun I ve just bought another copy for my 11 year old because she kept stealing mineEveryone must read this book