Diamonds and Precious Stones

New Horizons

Diamonds and Precious Stones

  1. Patrick Voillot
  2. Translated by Jack Hawkes
  • ISBN 9780500300862
  • 17.70 x 12.50 cm
  • Paperback
  • 128pp
  • Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white
  • First published 1998
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Diamonds and Precious Stones examines the incredible transformation of precious stones from works of nature to works of art.

Here are the legends associated with such famous stones as the Koh-i-Noor diamond in the British Crown Jewels and the immense Star of India sapphire.


Equally absorbing are the people whose lives have been entwined with famous gems, personalities as diverse as Aztec rulers, Great Mughals, film stars and duchesses in exile – an irrestible mixture of magic and science, history and romance.