Film, Video The History and Curse of the Hope Diamond. History and Curse of Hope Diamond

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Title

  • The History and Curse of the Hope Diamond.

Other Title

  • History and Curse of Hope Diamond

Summary

  • They say diamonds are a girl's best friend. Yet, one such gem has been more foe to those it has touched, allegedly cursing some of them to their demise. From the diamond mines of India and royal palaces of Europe to the jewelers of Fifth Avenue and halls of the Smithsonian, Richard Kurin uncovers the mystery and the true story of the world's most infamous bauble. Kurin, director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, discussed and signed his book "Hope Diamond: The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem" as part of the Books and Beyond series hosted by the Center for the Book. A cultural anthropologist, Kurin has spent more than a decade learning about the history of the legendary gem. From its discovery in 17th-century India through its donation to the Smithsonian in 1958 by the jewelry firm of Harry Winston Inc., the Hope Diamond has been shrouded in mystery and steeped in intrigue. Kurin's groundbreaking work moves between ancient religion and modern magic, royal power and class rivalry, revenge and greed, to bring the story up to the present.

Contributor Names

  • Library of Congress.
  • Library of Congress. Center for the Book, sponsoring body.

Created / Published

  • Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 2007-11-16.

Subject Headings

  • -  Biography, History
  • -  Literature

Notes

  • -  Classification: General Works.
  • -  Classification: Geography, Anthropology, Recreation.
  • -  Classification: History (General) and History of Europe.
  • -  Classification: History: America.
  • -  Richard Kurin.
  • -  Recorded on 2007-11-16.
  • -  Kids, Families.

Medium

  • 1 online resource

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021687902

Online Format

  • video
  • image
  • online text

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Chicago citation style:

Library Of Congress, and Sponsoring Body Library Of Congress. Center For The Book. The History and Curse of the Hope Diamond. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, -11-16, 2007. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021687902/.

APA citation style:

Library Of Congress & Library Of Congress. Center For The Book, S. B. (2007) The History and Curse of the Hope Diamond. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, -11-16. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021687902/.

MLA citation style:

Library Of Congress, and Sponsoring Body Library Of Congress. Center For The Book. The History and Curse of the Hope Diamond. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, -11-16, 2007. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021687902/>.