Category Archives: About Jewels

A riotous romp with rocks

Stoned by Aja Raden

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This distinctive book makes for a fascinating read. In a heady mix of history, psychology and insider knowledge of the jewellery trade, Raden sets out “to understand history through the lens of desire”. The result is a collection of  jewellery-related historical vignettes loosely strung together along a psychological thread: why humans want, why they take and why they possess. Read more…

Journey to the centre of the Earth

Jewels: a secret history by Victoria Finlay

Are you ready for a journey to the centre of the earth? Spanning five continents and millions of years, Victoria Finlay traces the history of eight precious stones in a well written book that combines scholarship with journalistic reportage. Read more…