The Heartless Stone by Tom Zoellner
A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire

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In 2000, Tom Zoellner purchased a diamond engagement ring and proposed. His girlfriend said, "yes" and then, suddenly, walked out of his life making Tom the owner of a used engagement ring. Instead of hitting the self-help shelves of his local bookstore, he hit the road travelling to diamond mines in Africa, Canada, India, Brazil and Russia to discover the true worth of this shining gem. He travelled to Japan to understand how diamonds were linked with engagements and delved into the history of our own American romance with the diamond ring. He gained entry to DeBeers, the London diamond merchants. He visited shopping mall jewellers with starry-eyed couples. Through all of his travels, he searched for an answer to the question "How has one stone created empires, ruined lives, inspired lust and emptied wallets throughout history?" A diamond version of Susan Orleans's The Orchid Thief, Tom Zoellner's The Heartless Stone is a journey to the cold heart of the world's most unyielding gem.


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TOM ZOELLNER is the author of Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World, winner of the 2010 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award, The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit and Desire, and co-author of An Ordinary Man. He has worked as a reporter for The Arizona Republic and San Francisco Chronicle.
Published April 1, 2007 by St. Martin's Press. 352 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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With on-the-spot reporting from each of these locales and detailed portraits of individuals whose lives have been shaped by the quest for and business of diamonds, Zoellner follows a tortured trail all the way to the ring finger of an expectant bride.

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''Your right hand says 'Me.''') He interviews rising hip-hop star Sean Gemini about the culture's emphasis on bling.

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ISBN: 0312339690 St. Petersburg Times 4 of 5 Stars "Even as flawless cultivated diamonds are manufactured in the lab, the many-faceted legend of diamonds still dazzles.

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