Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World by Aja Raden (Paperback, 2016)

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What makes a stone a jewel?. What makes a jewel priceless?. And why do we covet beautiful things?. What moves the world is what moves each of us: desire. Masterfully weaving together pop science and history, breaks history into three categories Want, Take, and Have and explains what the diamond on your finger has to do with the GI Bill, why green-tinted jewelry has been exalted by so many cultures, why the glass beads that bought Manhattan for the Dutch were initially considered a fair trade, and how the French Revolution started over a coveted necklace.