Jewels

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.

Author: Victoria Finlay

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0345493354

Category: History

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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.

Jewels

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 ...

Author: Victoria Finlay

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0345466942

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

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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.

The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov

10 But what of Pale Fire's crown jewels? If Zembla is some transformation of
Nova Zembla, Kinbote's attempt to transcend his real history, what kind of crown
jewels could be found there? Kinbote, for one, is absolutely sure that the agents ...

Author: Andrea Pitzer

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781453271674

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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A startling and revelatory examination of Nabokov’s life and works—notably Pale Fire and Lolita—bringing new insight into one of the twentieth century’s most enigmatic authors Novelist Vladimir Nabokov witnessed the horrors of his century, escaping Revolutionary Russia then Germany under Hitler, and fleeing France with his Jewish wife and son just weeks before Paris fell to the Nazis. He repeatedly faced accusations of turning a blind eye to human suffering to write artful tales of depravity. But does one of the greatest writers in the English language really deserve the label of amoral aesthete bestowed on him by so many critics? Using information from newly-declassified intelligence files and recovered military history, journalist Andrea Pitzer argues that far from being a proponent of art for art’s sake, Vladimir Nabokov managed to hide disturbing history in his fiction—history that has gone unnoticed for decades. Nabokov emerges as a kind of documentary conjurer, spending the most productive decades of his career recording a saga of forgotten concentration camps and searing bigotry, from World War I to the Gulag and the Holocaust. Lolita surrenders Humbert Humbert’s secret identity, and reveals a Nabokov appalled by American anti-Semitism. The lunatic narrator of Pale Fire recalls Russian tragedies that once haunted the world. From Tsarist courts to Nazi film sets, from CIA front organizations to wartime Casablanca, the story of Nabokov’s family is the story of his century—and both are woven inextricably into his fiction.

Secret History of the Court of England

[163] Though the executors of the late duke declared that his freehold and
leasehold estates were mortgaged beyond their intrinsic value, nothing
satisfactory was said about the jewels of his royal highness, which were valued a
very few days ...

Author: Lady Anne Hamilton

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783752330052

Category: Fiction

Page: 180

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Reproduction of the original: Secret History of the Court of England by Lady Anne Hamilton

Secret History of the Court of England from the Accession of George the Third to the Death of George the Fourth

Though the executors of the late duke declared that his freehold and leasehold
estates were mortgaged beyond their intrinsic value , nothing satisfactory was
said about the jewels of his royal highness , which were valued a very few days
after ...

Author: Lady Anne Hamilton

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105048758945

Category: England

Page: 309

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Secret history of the court of England from the accession of George the third to the death of George the fourth by lady A Hamilton Repr

Though the executors of the late Duke declared that his freehold and leasehold
estates were mortgaged beyond their intrinsic value , nothing satisfactory was
said about the jewels of his Royal Highness , which were valued a very few days
 ...

Author: lady Anne Hamilton

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:590456865

Category:

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The Secret History of the Handbag

Every major couturier in the early l920s, from Paul Poiret to Chanel and Vionnet to Schiaparelli created handbags to go with their outfits and 'The secret history of the handbag' shows these creations accompanied by the fashion ...

Author: Meredith Etherington-Smith

Publisher: Double Barrelled Books

ISBN: 0957150067

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

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From the reticules of the l8th Century to the mesh bags and chatelaines of the l9th century and from Japanese inro to the contemporary designs of the 20th Century, the history of the handbag is also the social history of the times in which these exquisite, beautifully designed models were created. Every major couturier in the early l920s, from Paul Poiret to Chanel and Vionnet to Schiaparelli created handbags to go with their outfits and The Secret History of The Handbag shows these creations accompanied by the fashion illustrations and fashion photographs of the time. Handbag designs were inspired by real women notably Grace Kelly and the famous Kelly bag as well as by events in the real world, such as Schiaparellis gas mask bag and in more recent times this tie-in with the famous and the photographed has grown every more important. Nowadays a handbag can be the foundation of fashion fortunes and certain designs, such as the Hermes Birkin are as famous in China as they are in the rue de la Paix.

Passage in the secret history of an Irish countess The bridal of Carrigvarah Strange event in the life of Schalken the Painter Scraps of Hibernian ballads

... with an accuracy which , had I been more at ease , would have furnished me
with matter of astonishment , to lay his hand upon the very spot where my SC
jewels lay ; and having possessed himself of them 92 Passage in the Secret
History.

Author: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044090345042

Category: Fantasy fiction, English

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SECRET HISTORY OF THE FRENCH COURT UNDER RICHELIEU AND MAZARIN

She did not abuse it, and after having deposited her jewels in his hands, as
formerly in those of La Rochefoucauld," she embarked with her * She afterwards
begged the Marquis de Coetguen to remit her jewels to Montrésor, who restored
them ...

Author: VICTOR COUSIN

Publisher:

ISBN: UOMDLP:aby6214:0001.001

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A History of the Late Revolution in Sweden

He farther declared , that as to the jewels which had in his name been given to
her majesty at Berlin , she could not but ... i N4 Having • The secret history of the
atates making the reviewal of the jewels so serious an affair was this : The ruling
 ...

Author: Charles Francis Sheridan

Publisher:

ISBN: BSB:BSB10452540

Category:

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The Blood of Avalon The Secret History of the Grail Dynasty from King Arthur to Prince William

Those who hold it are termed 'Prince Knight of the Rose Cross', and such
gentlemen are permitted to wear a particular type of jewel of which I found
example pictures. These featured a pelican feeding its young on one side, with
an eagle on ...

Author: Adrian Gilbert

Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers

ISBN: 9781780286280

Category: Social Science

Page: 270

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In this extraordinary book, Adrian Gilbert reveals the location of not just the true 'Avalon' or 'Glastonbury' but of many other sites crucial to the legend of the Holy Grail and King Arthur. He shows how the core teachings of Christianity were kept secret by a dynasty of Welsh kings and saints and later (after the Norman invasions) by their surviving descendants. For centuries this remnant of the Brittano-Welsh nobility, still living in 'Avalon', kept alive a hope: they prayed that one day a new Arthur, one with the holy blood of the family of Mary flowing in his veins, would sit once more on the throne of Britain. Extraordinary as it may seem, this hope may soon be realised - for through the late Diana, Princess of Wales, our own Prince William, whose middle name is indeed Arthur, is so descended.

The Fair Concubine Or the Secret History of the Beautiful Vanella i e the Hon Anne Vane Containing Her Amours with Albimarides J Hervey Baron Hervey P Alexis i e Frederick Prince of Wales Etc To which is Annexed The Lady s Last Shift Or a Cure for Shame a Tale in Verse The Second Edition

CONSIDER , Ladies , that Virtue and Chastity are the brightest Jewels that can
adorn a Woman ; their Value is inestimable , their Loss irretrievable ; consider
therefore , and confider serioully , in what great Estimation you ought to have
them .

Author: Anne VANE (Hon.)

Publisher:

ISBN: BL:A0017617872

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The Lost Jewels

Together with photographer Marcus Holt, Kate Kirby chases the history of the Cheapside gems and jewels, especially the story of a small diamond champlevé enamel ring.

Author: Kirsty Manning

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780062882035

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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From the author of The Song of the Jade Lily comes a thrilling story of a family secret that leads to a legendary treasure. Why would someone bury a bucket of precious jewels and gemstones and never return? Present Day. When respected American jewelry historian, Kate Kirby, receives a call about the Cheapside jewels, she knows she’s on the brink of the experience of a lifetime. But the trip to London forces Kate to explore secrets that have long been buried by her own family. Back in Boston, Kate has uncovered a series of sketches in her great-grandmother’s papers linking her suffragette great-grandmother Essie to the Cheapside collection. Could these sketches hold the key to Essie’s secret life in Edwardian London? In the summer of 1912, impoverished Irish immigrant Essie Murphy happens to be visiting her brother when a workman’s pickaxe strikes through the floor of an old tenement house in Cheapside, near St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The workmen uncover a stash of treasure—from Ottoman pendants to Elizabethan and Jacobean gems—and then the finds disappear again! Could these jewels—one in particular—change the fortunes of Essie and her sisters? Together with photographer Marcus Holt, Kate Kirby chases the history of the Cheapside gems and jewels, especially the story of a small diamond champlevé enamel ring. Soon, everything Kate believes about her family, gemology, and herself will be threatened. Based on a fascinating true story, The Lost Jewels is a riveting historical fiction novel that will captivate readers from the beginning to the unforgettable, surprising end.

Gathering Jewels Or The Secret of a Beautiful Life

During the first year of its history , twenty - one members were added to the
church - roll , and as an expression of her unfeigned gratitude to God for this
mark of kindness she became the mother of the same number of ministers of the
Gospel ...

Author: Rev Duncan McNeill Young

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:HX4QML

Category: Missions

Page: 282

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The Secret History of Betty Ireland

THE SECRET HISTORY OF BETTY IRELAND . osoo IT is a good family , says an
old Proverb , which has neither whore ... amounted to upwards of . ten thousand
pounds , besides plate and jewels ; and coming to England with her husband at ...

Author: Betty Ireland

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105006041482

Category:

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The Secret History of the Oxford Movement

... doth ( after the custom of such harlots ) paint herself , and deck and tire herself
with gold , pearl , stone , and all kind of precious jewels , 80 that she , shining
with the outward beauty and glory of them , may please the foolish phantasy of
fond ...

Author: Walter Walsh

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000020624729

Category: Great Britain

Page: 424

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Mills Boon Loves The Petrov Proposal The Cinderella Bride Secret History of a Good Girl Secrets and Speed Dating

... wiggle out of having to wear the jewels. “And I already have a matching
necklace.” He looked at her closely, dark eyes appraising her in a way that had
her feeling as though he was looking beneath her skin, into her soul. At all of her
secrets.

Author: Maisey Yates

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 9781408951958

Category: Fiction

Page: 704

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Mills & Boon loves the fabulous new voices of Maisey Yates, Barbara Wallace, Aimee Carson and the 2010 New Voices competition winner, Leah Ashton! Madeline Forrester has never met her boss in person, yet has been secretly seduced by the rich, Russian tones of Aleksei Petrov. They are about to come face to face. . .

The Secret History of Betty Ireland etc

THE SECRET HISTORY BETTY BETTY IRELAND . 1 t T is a ... Nevertheless , her
dowry , at the time of her marriage , amounted to upwards of ten thousand
pounds , besides plate and jewels , and coming to England with her husband at
the ...

Author: Betty IRELAND (pseud.)

Publisher:

ISBN: BL:A0017460963

Category:

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