Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family and a Way of Life, by Alicia Oltuski

The author blends her family’s story with a look at all aspects of the diamond industry in the United States and abroad. There are chapters on historical and contemporary diamond mining, “blood diamonds” and the efforts to reform mining in Africa, the use of diamonds in science, the efforts to manufacture diamonds inthe lab and how the cutting of diamonds is changing with the use of lasers. Her father is a veteran jeweler in New York City’s 47th Street Diamond District so we get the insider’s viewpoint on one of the major centers of the industry. I listened to the book on CD which was read by the author.

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RATING: * * * A good read
Reviewed by: kh

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