Hope diamond the legendary history of a cursed gem richard kurin david j skorton on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers an entertaining and well researched history of the hope diamond since its discovery in seventeenth century india. Its a testament to the authors research abilities and how fascinating the actual history of the gem is that richard kurin can start his hope diamond the legendary history of a cursed gem by calling bullshit on that whole cursed thing and then still hold a readers attention for 300 pages. Hope diamond the legendary history of a cursed gem chapter one gift to the nation on monday morning november 10 1958 public faith in the us government was literally wrapped up in the performance of james todd a 34 year old postman and he was late. 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. Kurin debunks the notion that diamond trader jean baptiste tavernier took the gem from the eye of a hindu idol and traces its travels and owners he also addresses the persistent myth of the curse of the hope diamond and places it with cultural history and the history of the gem trade
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