The Heartless Stone

The Heartless Stone

A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Documents the author's visits to diamond mines after a broken engagement, describing his efforts to understand the worth of an engagement ring, the factors that linked diamonds with engagements, and the retail diamond industry.

McMillan Palgrave
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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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.


Baker
& Taylor

Documents the author's visits to diamond mines after a broken engagement, describing his efforts to understand the worth of the ring that was returned to him, the historical and cultural factors that linked diamonds with engagements, and the retail diamond industry in America. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : St. Martins Press, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312339692
0312339690
Characteristics: 293 p. : map ; 25 cm

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Oct 11, 2015

Interesting and revealing, but after a while a bit too much.

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