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    06/09/2016 - 7:00pm

    This event takes place in our Brooklyn location.

    Ever wondered...

    • Why the allegedly cursed Hope Diamond beguiled its owners and the American public alike;
    • How Hollywood got in on the action—the contemporary practices of product placement in movies and lending jewels to actresses for high-profile events actually started in the1940s;
    • How besotted suitors and husbands, especially Richard Burton, showered Elizabeth Taylor with diamonds, resulting in a legendary collection containing the Krupp Diamond and La Peregrina among other exquisite pieces;
    • How the Australians emerged as legitimate players in the trade;
    • How Jay Z, Kanye West, and other superstars made diamonds cool and a must-have for a new generation of consumers;
    • Why the “blood diamond” issue rages on, posing problems for sellers, buyers, and most of all, innocent civilians;
    • And why the manufacture of lab-grown diamonds threatens the very foundation of the industry by impinging on the market and jeopardizing the origin story that diamonds are magical treasures from the earth.


    So has Rachelle Bergstein, and she's going to be talking about her new book Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds at WORD Brooklyn!

    The author of Women from the Ankle Down, Rachelle Bergstein works at a literary agency in New York. She lives with her husband and their son in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For more information, please follow her on Twitter @RaBergstein and visit her website,

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    Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780062323774
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    Published: Harper - June 7th, 2016

    From the author of Women from the Ankle Down comes a lively cultural biography of diamonds, which explores our society’s obsession with the world’s most brilliant gemstone and the real-world characters who make them shine.