Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds

Brilliance and Fire A Biography of Diamonds From the author of Women from the Ankle Down comes a lively cultural biography of diamonds which explores our society s obsession with the world s most brilliant gemstone and the real world character

  • Title: Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds
  • Author: Rachelle Bergstein
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  • Page: 401
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  • From the author of Women from the Ankle Down comes a lively cultural biography of diamonds, which explores our society s obsession with the world s most brilliant gemstone and the real world characters who make them shine A diamond is forever Who among us doesn t recognize this phrase and, with it, the fascination that these shiny gemstones hold in our collective imaginFrom the author of Women from the Ankle Down comes a lively cultural biography of diamonds, which explores our society s obsession with the world s most brilliant gemstone and the real world characters who make them shine A diamond is forever Who among us doesn t recognize this phrase and, with it, the fascination that these shiny gemstones hold in our collective imagination as symbols of royalty, stars, and eternal love But who gave us this catchphrase Where do these gemstones and their colorful legacies originate How did they become our culture s symbol of engagement and marriage Why have they retained their coveted status throughout the centuries Rachelle Bergstein s cultural biography of the diamond illuminates the enticing, often surprising story of our society s enduring obsession with the hardest gemstone and the people who have worked tirelessly to ensure its continued allure From the South African mines where most diamonds have been sourced since the late 1890s to the companies who have fought to monopolize them from the stars who have dazzled in them to the people behind the scenes who have carefully crafted our understanding of their value Brilliance and Fire offers a glittering history of the world s most coveted gemstone and its greatest champions and most colorful enthusiasts.Brilliance and Fire is illustrated with 16 pages of color photographs.

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    1. I like the idea of reading about the history of diamonds, but unfortunately the author focused on superficial research and events. It read more like a shallow timeline than anything else.


    2. This is an innocuous book mostly about how diamonds have been marketed, with a bit of history. There is virtually nothing about their science or any of the usual guy-oriented stuff I tend to like.


    3. Definitely an interesting read, although not extremely deep, or well rounded. Bernstein focuses on a few people involved in each era or aspect of the diamond industry, and tends to give a little too much focus to the back story of the individual rather than their contributions to the diamond industry. In the beginning of the books I was highly annoyed by how she minimizes Cornelia Bradshaw Martin's party as merely an excuse for Cornelia to wear her jewels, brushing aside her efforts to stimulate [...]


    4. I re-discovered this book when I transferred all my unread books to my new Kindle at Christmas, and started it up as a nice non-fiction option. I really enjoyed the book and found it interesting and well-laid-out with a mix of factual data and flashy recollections/suppositions. The book covers the rise of the modern diamond industry, starting from the first mining in kimberlite pipes in Africa in the 1800s through to the early 2000s, from both a physical "get the diamond and make it into somethi [...]


    5. I liked this more than I expected to, having been in a hurry and grabbing it off the "What's New" display at the Library. Bergstein takes us through the history of diamonds, but concentrating on the decades since Cecil Rhodes started up in South Africa, and the rise of De Beers as the long-time worldwide choke-holder of supply, and thus price. Since diamonds' popularity waxes and wanes, she discusses the usually effective marketing and advertising campaigns by De Beers. The big name dealers, lik [...]


    6. 5 stars for author Rachelle Bergstein. She is an incredibly talented writer who brings to light a history of diamonds in a fascinating way. Looking forward to more books from this author.



    7. I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. Rachelle Bergstein provides us with a fascinating cultural biography of the diamond. Largely focusing on the diamond from the nineteenth century onward, this work of non-fiction details the source of diamonds, the diamond engagement ring's rise to prominence, famous jewelers known for selling diamonds, the marketing and image of the gem, and many stories of the famous individuals who are known for their jewels. Although Bergst [...]


    8. Today's post is on Brillinace and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds by Rachelle Bergstein. It is 384 pages long and is published by Harper Collins. The cover is blue with white lines making diamond shapes and cuts. The intended reader is someone interested in the history of diamonds both scientifically and socially. There is no foul language, no sex, and no direct violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.From the back of the book- A diamond is forever." Who among us doesn’t recognize this ph [...]



    9. Summary: This engaging story that used a single object to tell great personal stories, as well as talking about larger social issues and historic moments, was everything I want from a microhistory.Diamonds have long fascinated people far beyond their value and the diamond industry has worked hard to keep it that way. Throughout history, they have been associated with everything from critical wartime manufacturing to genocides but still advertising and an artificially limited supply have fairl [...]


    10. This is a pretty quick read, jumping from the history of how high society felt about wearing diamonds, to Cecil Rhodes's and de Beers's shenanigans, to makers of diamond substitutes or lab-made diamonds, to the rise of bling culture in hip-hop. As you might expect from that sort of breadth, it's not deep or ground-breaking in any of these things. It also definitely suffers from the "I was able to interview Person X, so I'll spend a lot of time talking about her even though she's not really that [...]


    11. Bergstein details a brief history of diamonds through recounting famous anecdotes and people in the last century or so of diamonds. I had heard many of these things before, but Bergstein recounts them in an engaging and very readable way. You'll find this a quick read and possibly learn a few new things about diamonds along the way. Just a warning, though, that reading this may leave you wanting to have some diamonds!


    12. Bergstein examines the diamond and its cultural implications from roughly the nineteenth century on, moving through the tumultuous past, the iconic Diamond Is Forever campaign, the notorious "Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond?," and the scandal of blood diamonds—all with admirable nuance, great thoughtfulness, and fascinating anecdotes, making Brilliance an engrossing read.


    13. This book was really engaging and interesting to read!! The writing is very easy going and makes everything really easy to understand. I really enjoyed the chapters and how the book was set up. I think this book would be awesome as like a documentary or a mini series with like an episode per chapter!


    14. I've always been fascinated by diamonds and this book does a good job of explaining the industry. It starts with 1800's on. Does not go into any exploration of ancient cultures relation to diamonds.



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