Cover art for Stoned
Harper Collins, March 2017
Softcover, 368 pages
20.3cm × 13.5cm × 2.1cm

Stoned Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World

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What makes a stone a jewel What makes a jewel priceless And why do we covet expensive jewelry In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history, jeweler and scientist Aja Raden tells an original and often startling story about our unshakeable addiction to beauty and the darker side of human desire.

With sharp wit and a light touch, Raden weaves together history, science, and economics to explore our enduring love affair with beautiful things, and shows us that just like their glittering surfaces, jewels have a singular power to reflect our desires back to us and show us who we really are.

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