Jewels

A Secret History

Author: Victoria Finlay

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780345493354

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 2076

Throughout history, precious stones have inspired passions and poetry, quests and curses, sacred writings and unsacred actions. In this scintillating book, journalist Victoria Finlay embarks on her own globe-circling search for the real stories behind some of the gems we prize most. Blending adventure travel, geology, exciting new research, and her own irresistible charm, Finlay has fashioned a treasure hunt for some of the most valuable, glamorous, and mysterious substances on earth. With the same intense curiosity and narrative flair she displayed in her widely-praised book Color, Finlay journeys from the underground opal churches of outback Australia to the once pearl-rich rivers of Scotland; from the peridot mines on an Apache reservation in Arizona to the remote ruby mines in the mountains of northern Burma. She risks confronting scorpions to crawl through Cleopatra’s long-deserted emerald mines, tries her hand at gem cutting in the dusty Sri Lankan city where Marco Polo bartered for sapphires, and investigates a rumor that fifty years ago most of the world’s amber was mined by prisoners in a Soviet gulag. Jewels is a unique and often exhilarating voyage through history, across cultures, deep into the earth’s mantle, and up to the glittering heights of fame, power, and wealth. From the fabled curse of the Hope Diamond, to the disturbing truths about how pearls are cultured, to the peasants who were once executed for carrying amber to the centuries-old quest by magicians and scientists to make a perfect diamond, Jewels tells dazzling stories with a wonderment and brilliance truly worthy of its subjects. From the Hardcover edition.
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Jewels

A Secret History

Author: Victoria Finlay

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780340830147

Category: Jewelry

Page: 482

View: 9210

Uncovering the secret histories of precious stones, Victoria Finlay's search takes her to Egypt to find the lost emerald mines of Cleopatra, to the Australian opal fields with their underground towns, to Burma where she is spied on by the military junta, and to a secret location to meet a diamond cutter. Originally published: 2006.
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Jewels

A Secret History

Author: Victoria Finlay

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 0345466950

Category: History

Page: 472

View: 8012

A history of gemstones brings together the lore and legends of fabulous jewels from ancient times to the present day, offering tales, trivia, and secrets about diamonds, rubies, sapphires, pearls, opals, and other precious and semi-precious stones.
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Jewels

A Secret History

Author: Victoria Finlay

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 9780345466945

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 472

View: 9669

A history of gemstones brings together the lore and legends of fabulous jewels from ancient times to the present day, offering tales, trivia, and secrets about diamonds, rubies, sapphires, pearls, opals, and other precious and semi-precious stones.
Posted in Antiques & Collectibles

Buried Treasure

Travels Through the Jewellery Box

Author: Victoria Finlay

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780340830130

Category: Precious stones

Page: 482

View: 3904

An intrepid journey to uncover the secret histories of precious stones. Victoria's search takes her to Egypt to find the lost emerald mines of Cleopatra, to the Australian opal fields with their underground towns, to Burma where she is spied on by the military junta, and to a secret location to meet the world's best diamond cutter. She reveals the wealth of human stories behind gemstones, and discovers, with the advent of synthetics, an industry on the brink of crisis.
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The Brilliant History of Color in Art

Author: Victoria Finlay

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 1606064290

Category: Art

Page: 166

View: 2487

The history of art is inseparable from the history of color. And what a fascinating story they tell together: one that brims with an all-star cast of characters, eye-opening details, and unexpected detours through the annals of human civilization and scientific discovery. Enter critically acclaimed writer and popular journalist Victoria Finlay, who here takes readers across the globe and over the centuries on an unforgettable tour through the brilliant history of color in art. Written for newcomers to the subject and aspiring young artists alike, Finlay’s quest to uncover the origins and science of color will beguile readers of all ages with its warm and conversational style. Her rich narrative is illustrated in full color throughout with 166 major works of art—most from the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Readers of this book will revel in a treasure trove of fun-filled facts and anecdotes. Were it not for Cleopatra, for instance, purple might not have become the royal color of the Western world. Without Napoleon, the black graphite pencil might never have found its way into the hands of Cézanne. Without mango-eating cows, the sunsets of Turner might have lost their shimmering glow. And were it not for the pigment cobalt blue, the halls of museums worldwide might still be filled with forged Vermeers. Red ocher, green earth, Indian yellow, lead white—no pigment from the artist’s broad and diverse palette escapes Finlay’s shrewd eye in this breathtaking exploration.
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A Perfect Red

Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire

Author: Amy Butler Greenfield

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061980893

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 6633

A Perfect Red recounts the colorful history of cochineal, a legendary red dye that was once one of the world's most precious commodities. Treasured by the ancient Mexicans, cochineal was sold in the great Aztec marketplaces, where it attracted the attention of the Spanish conquistadors in 1519. Shipped to Europe, the dye created a sensation, producing the brightest, strongest red the world had ever seen. Soon Spain's cochineal monopoly was worth a fortune. Desperate to find their own sources of the elusive dye, the English, French, Dutch, and other Europeans tried to crack the enigma of cochineal. Did it come from a worm, a berry, a seed? Could it be stolen from Mexico and transplanted to their own colonies? Pirates, explorers, alchemists, scientists, and spies -- all joined the chase for cochineal, a chase that lasted more than three centuries. A Perfect Red tells their stories -- true-life tales of mystery, empire, and adventure, in pursuit of the most desirable color on earth.
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Jewels by JAR

Author: Adrian Sassoon,Joel Arthur Rosenthal,Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 1588395316

Category: Jewelry

Page: 112

View: 1539

Called "the Fabergé of our time" by Diane von Furstenberg, Joel A. Rosenthal, who works in Paris under the name JAR, is one of the most acclaimed jewellery designers of the past thirty years. JAR is known for his use of precious and semi-precious stones resplendent with myriad shades of vibrant colour and set in organic shapes: one brooch, for instance, features lifelike petals in subtly differentiated hues, made from a thousand pavé sapphires and amethysts. The New York Times has described his jewellery as "belligerent, stubborn, audacious, funny, contradictory", while JAR himself has characterised his work as "somewhere between geometry and a bouquet of flowers". This book, featuring nearly 70 pieces from throughout JAR's career, provides a concise, accessible, elegantly designed retrospective of the best of his jewellery creations, and is the only book of its kind on his work available in English.
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Color

A Natural History of the Palette

Author: Victoria Finlay

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780307430830

Category: Art

Page: 464

View: 2326

In this vivid and captivating journey through the colors of an artist’s palette, Victoria Finlay takes us on an enthralling adventure around the world and through the ages, illuminating how the colors we choose to value have determined the history of culture itself. How did the most precious color blue travel all the way from remote lapis mines in Afghanistan to Michelangelo’s brush? What is the connection between brown paint and ancient Egyptian mummies? Why did Robin Hood wear Lincoln green? In Color, Finlay explores the physical materials that color our world, such as precious minerals and insect blood, as well as the social and political meanings that color has carried through time. Roman emperors used to wear togas dyed with a purple color that was made from an odorous Lebanese shellfish–which probably meant their scent preceded them. In the eighteenth century, black dye was called logwood and grew along the Spanish Main. Some of the first indigo plantations were started in America, amazingly enough, by a seventeen-year-old girl named Eliza. And the popular van Gogh painting White Roses at Washington’s National Gallery had to be renamed after a researcher discovered that the flowers were originally done in a pink paint that had faded nearly a century ago. Color is full of extraordinary people, events, and anecdotes–painted all the more dazzling by Finlay’s engaging style. Embark upon a thrilling adventure with this intrepid journalist as she travels on a donkey along ancient silk trade routes; with the Phoenicians sailing the Mediterranean in search of a special purple shell that garners wealth, sustenance, and prestige; with modern Chilean farmers breeding and bleeding insects for their viscous red blood. The colors that craft our world have never looked so bright. From the Hardcover edition.
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Stoned

Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World

Author: Aja Raden

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062334719

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 368

View: 9634

As entertaining as it is incisive, Stoned is a raucous journey through the history of human desire for what is rare, and therefore precious. What 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 addiction to beauty and the darker side of human desire. What 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 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 necklace. Studded with lively personalities and fascinating details, Stoned tells the remarkable story of our abiding desire for the rare and extraordinary.
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The Secret History of Mermaids and Creatures of the Deep

Author: Ari Berk,Wayne Anderson,Gary Chalk

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 076364515X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

View: 6611

Describes the history of mermaids and other sea creatures in folklore and mythology, discussing their anatomy, magic, language, and encounters with humans.
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Five Centuries of Jewelry in the West

Author: Jean Lanllier,Marie-Anne Pini

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Jewelry

Page: 327

View: 7469

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An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry

Author: Harold Newman

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500274521

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 334

View: 5667

Shows examples of antique and modern jewelry from around the world and defines terms related to jewelry and jewelry making
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Colour

Travels Through the Paintbox

Author: Victoria Finlay

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444719882

Category: Travel

Page: 512

View: 3192

Part travelogue, part narrative history, Colour unlocks the history of the colours of the rainbow, and reveals how paints came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. This remarkable book remembers a time when red paint was really the colour of blood, when orange was the poison pigment, blue as expensive as gold, and yellow made from the urine of cows force-fed with mangoes. It looks at how green was carried by yaks along the silk road, and how an entire nation was founded on the colour purple. Exciting, richly informative and always surprising, Colour lifts the lid on the historical palette and unearths an astonishing wealth of stories about the quest for colours, and our efforts to understand them.
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Secrets of a Jewel

Author: Juliet C.

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692833735

Category: Advice columns

Page: 226

View: 3433

Love & Hip Hop NY's JuJu gives real life examples of how to unleash your inner jewel.
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The Secret History of the American Empire

Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global Corruption

Author: John Perkins

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780525950158

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 365

View: 407

Presents an expose of international corruption activities as reported by some of the world's top assassins, journalists, and activists, in a cautionary report that makes recommendations for safeguarding the world.
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The Jewels of Paradise

Author: Donna Leon

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802120636

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 4351

Donna Leon has won heaps of critical praise and legions of fans for her best-selling mystery series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti. With The Jewels of Paradise, Leon takes readers beyond the world of the Venetian Questura in her first standalone novel. Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Manchester, England. Manchester, however, is no Venice. When Caterina gets word of a position back home, she jumps at the opportunity. The job is an unusual one. After nearly three centuries, two locked trunks, believed to contain the papers of a baroque composer have been discovered. Deeply-connected in religious and political circles, the composer died childless; now two Venetians, descendants of his cousins, each claim inheritance. Caterina’s job is to examine any enclosed papers to discover the “testamentary disposition” of the composer. But when her research takes her in unexpected directions she begins to wonder just what secrets these trunks may hold. From a masterful writer, The Jewels of Paradise is a superb novel, a gripping tale of intrigue, music, history and greed.
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Solomon Snow and the Stolen Jewel

Author: Kaye Umansky

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763627933

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 245

View: 9107

While trying to rescue Prudence's father from prison, Solomon, Prudence, the Infant Prodigy, and Mr. Skippy the rabbit find themselves caught up in the mad plans of the villainous Dr. Calimari to steal a fabulous and cursed ruby.
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Midnight Jewels

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

Publisher: Grand Central Pub

ISBN: 9780446606844

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 9075

Bookstore owner Mercy Pennington gets more than she had bargained for when she acquires a rare edition of erotica entitled "The Valley of Secret Jewels" and a crafty martial arts expert sets out to seduce her in order to acquire it himself
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Spice

The History of a Temptation

Author: Jack Turner

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307491226

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 725

In this brilliant, engrossing work, Jack Turner explores an era—from ancient times through the Renaissance—when what we now consider common condiments were valued in gold and blood. Spices made sour medieval wines palatable, camouflaged the smell of corpses, and served as wedding night aphrodisiacs. Indispensible for cooking, medicine, worship, and the arts of love, they were thought to have magical properties and were so valuable that they were often kept under lock and key. For some, spices represented Paradise, for others, the road to perdition, but they were potent symbols of wealth and power, and the wish to possess them drove explorers to circumnavigate the globe—and even to savagery. Following spices across continents and through literature and mythology, Spice is a beguiling narrative about the surprisingly vast influence spices have had on human desire. Includes eight pages of color photographs. One of the Best Books of the Year: Discover Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle
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