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Stoned AUTHOR Aja RadA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAs 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 ou. Written in a witty and easy to read manner and imparting some very interesting history and facts this is the type of nonfiction book I love to read Starting with the use of glass beads by the Dutch to buy what is now known as Manhattan through Tudor history and ueen Elizabeth's love of pearls through the infamous necklace that started the downfall of the French monarchy to the Faberge eggs of the Tzarina Alexandria and the Bolsheviks One of the parts I will not forget is the part on diamonds the DeBeers monopoly and how it came to fruition a monopoly that still holds true in current days Diamonds are a girl's best friend a motto coined by the advertising firm hired by DeBeers to ensure that diamond rings were a must for every newly engaged woman What a snow job they did on the public and we bought it and still do All our lackluster presidential candidates in the USA should run out and hire this firm Thankfully I myself have never liked diamonds being an opal and garnet type of gal Anyway many interesting factoids in this well researched books Well done

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The diamond 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 extraordinar. Just like their glittering surfaces jewels have one and only one real power They reflect our desires back to us and show us who we are This is Aja Raden's first book and she is already my ueen of non fiction By blending history humor and personal experience Raden has created something compulsively readable I think her voice could make any subject appealingEver heard that infamous tale of the Native Americans who were swindled out of the island Manhattan by the Dutch for glass beads Spoiler alert it was a good deal Anyone remember Armand Hammer the Trump before Trump who made Americans fall in love with all things Fabergé It turns out like Trump he was too friendly with Russia and an all around blackguardThese are just two of the fascinating stories but let's get into the nitty gritty of fabulous beautiful rare actually they are not rare Since 1870 over 45 billion carats have been mined That's enough diamonds to provide every single one of the approximately 7 billion people on the planet with the standard one half carat diamond ring with a billion carats left overDiamonds should be cheap but they've had the finest in advertising A Diamond Is Forever was named slogan of the century a century where the value of diamonds has never done anything but rise But any six year old with a hammer can demonstrate diamonds are not foreverThe point Raden makes is that jewelry has only the value we give it a personal expression a story Great gems unfailing have great stories This book is a gem Best of the topical non fiction genre

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Stoned AUTHOR Aja Raden Download Ù 104 â ❴Epub❵ ❤ Stoned Author Aja Raden – A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAs 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 make A NEW YORK TIMER unshakeable addiction to beauty and the darker side of human desireWhat moves the world is what moves each of us desire Jewelry which has long served as a stand in for wealth and power glamor and success has birthed cultural movements launched political dynasties and started wars Masterfully weaving together pop science and history Stoned breaks history into three categories Want Take and Have and explains what. By turns a history geology chemistry or economics lesson it deserves to be read by all nerds As an added bonus she's got a sharp wit