|Pages/Publication Date:||316 / 2016|
Who decided that "a diamond is forever"? How did they become such a symbol of engagement? And why have they retained their coveted status throughout the centuries? This cultural biography by the author of Women from the Ankle Down illuminates the often surprising story of our society's enduring obsession with this hardest gemstone, from the South African mines where most diamonds have been sourced since the late 1890s (and companies have fought to monopolize them) to the celebrities who have dazzled with diamonds—and the people behind the scenes who have carefully shaped our understanding of their value.