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DetailsRelates the history of diamonds and other precious gems from ancient times to the present, discussing their rarity, symbolic value, magical properties, and exotic origins. Glittering jewels and precious stones, diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires have from time immemorial held a special fascination because of their rarity and beauty.This book examines the techniques involved in mining, cutting and trading in gems - the incredible transformation of precious stones from works of nature to works of art - and the legends associated with such famous stones as the Koh-i-Noor diamond in the British Crown Jewels, the unlucky Hope Diamond and the immense Star of India sapphire.Equally absorbing are the people whose lives have been entwined with famous gems, personalities as diverse as Aztec emperors, Great Mughals, the merchant princes of Florence, European royalty, film stars and duchesses in exile.The history of precious stones from raw mineral to finely wrought necklace, and from ancient times to today, is a fascinating one, full of legend, mystery and adventure.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: PATRICK VOILLOT is a graduate of the National Institute of Gemology of Paris, he is also a Doctor in Pharmacy and curator of the mineral collection of the Faculty Paris XI. Specialist of rare gems and gems, to satisfy his passion, he makes expeditions in four continents on land deemed "impossible" and inaccessible (Kashmir, Burma, Colombia, Borneo, Pakistan ... and many others), he meets the men who are the links of the major chains of precious stones.Few men penetrate this closed world of precious stones, Patrick Voillot weaves his contacts from the miner to the jewelers through the largest collections and museums. Patrick Voillot opens his knowledge, his discoveries and his contacts to the widest public thanks to many means of communication.He is the author of numerous books at major publishers (Gallimard, Le Pré aux Clercs, Criterion, Atlas, Hazan, Privat, Hermé, Lamartinière, François Bourin) see bookstore. He is also Author Director of television documentary series "In pursuit of the Precious Stones" and "The Great Treasures" broadcast on RFO, France 3, France 5, Planet, Odyssey and more than 25 countries. For more than 20 years I travel the planet to make you discover the mines of the most beautiful gems in the world thanks to my 21 films "In pursuit of the Precious Stones". His website, patrickvoillot.com is a networking site that brings together the skills of professionals from all over the world.
SKU Code PRK B 4611 Weight in Kg 0.2500 Brand Bookwomb Dispatch Period in Days 3 ISBN No. 9780500300862 Author Name PATRICK VOILLOT & JACK HAWKES Publisher Name Thames And Hudson