Famous Diamonds / Christie's (inc. Fancy Coloured; World's Largest Cut; Star of South Africa; Koh-i-Noor; Hope; Queen of Holland; Polar Star; Tiffany; Victoria; De Beers; Great Mogul; Mirror of Portugal; etc)


----------hardcover, about 9.5w x 12h inches, ---overseas shipping (anywhere outside of Canada and the USA ) will require additional charges, a Near Fine example in a Near Fine dustjacket, looks new, 320 pages, colour as well as some b&w photos throughout, 264 illustrations with 150 in colour ---"The history of great diamonds is intimately interwoven with the lives of emperors and conquerors, great kings and queens, with statesmen and soldiers, the rich and worldly - but also, inevitably, with those who lead more shadowy lives. They have been objects of passion, sometimes of war, violence and theft. As well as being objects of exceptional beauty and rarity, they were once thought to possess magical properties which protected their owners from enemies. Initially a male prerogative, reflecting status and authority, they later adorned the wives of powerful men, and at times were offered as influential gifts. Few were immune to the temptation of diamonds; many sacrificed their lives and souls to them. In the past decade some historical diamonds have resurfaced, whilst the market has also seen an unprecedented arrival of 'fancy-colour' and modern gemstones, amongst them some of the biggest and finest ever seen. In this updated fourth edition of Famous Diamonds, Ian Balfour tells the fascinating stories of almost eighty of these remarkable gems. Some have detailed histories that can be traced from the present day back to the moment they were mined, while others have a more mysterious past or have disappeared from view. Also included are shorter entries on a further selection of some forty notable diamonds"---, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo ///NOT SIGNED - GUARANTEED to be AVAILABLE///

Title: Famous Diamonds / Christie's (inc. Fancy Coloured; World's Largest Cut; Star of South Africa; Koh-i-Noor; Hope; Queen of Holland; Polar Star; Tiffany; Victoria; De Beers; Great Mogul; Mirror of Portugal; etc)

Author Name: Balfour, Ian; Preface By Francois Curiel; Foreword By Harry Oppenheimer / Christie's

Illustrator: Photo Cover

Categories: Antiques, Collectibles,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, England, London, UK: Christie's ( Christie, Manson and Woods Ltd.), 2000, 4th Edition, 1st Printing: 2000

ISBN Number: 090343265X

ISBN Number 13: 9780903432658

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine (see description)

Jacket Condition: Near Fine (see description)

Type: NOT Price Clipped

Inscription: Not Signed

Seller ID: 163315

Keywords: Famous Diamonds / Christie's (inc. Fancy Coloured; World's Largest Cut; Star of South Africa; Koh0i-Noor; Hope; Queen of Holland; Polar Star; Tiffany; Victoria; De Beers; Great Mogul; Mirror of Portugal; etc)