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Jewels: A Secret History

Victoria Finlay

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Precious metal, precious stones & jewellery: artwo, Prose: non-fiction, History, Natural history, Travel & holiday

When we put on jewels, what are we really wearing? In this scintillating book, Victoria Finlay embarks on her own globe-circling search for the real stories behind some of the gems we prize most.

'Glorious . . . anecdote and information accumulate with marvellous abundance and a passionate sense of the fascination of jewels' Spectator

Amber is the tears of prehistoric trees.
One gem links Queen Victoria and a skeleton.
Cleopatra drank a pearl to win a bet.
A man turned into a diamond.

When we put on jewels, what are we really wearing?
Victoria Finlay travels the world to tell the true stories of these miraculous oddities of nature.

'Filled with eye-catching incidents and stories . . . Finlay's evidence glitters from every page' Sunday Telegraph

'A fascinating and exhaustive travelogue' Times Literary Supplement

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Victoria Finlay

Victoria Finlay worked as a journalist in Hong Kong for eleven years, five of which were spent as arts editor for the South China Morning Post. Colour was her first book; since then she has also written Jewels: A Secret History, A Brilliant History of Color in Art, and Fabric: The Hidden History of the Material World. She studied social anthropology and as well as travelling around the world in search of stories about her subjects, from pigments to jewels to art to fabric, has also worked for an international environment charity. She lives near Bath.

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