Author(s): Victoria Finlay
Victoria Finlay's intrepid journeys to discover the secret history of gemstones, from the Baltic Amber Road to the emerald mines of Afghanistan.
'A beautiful book. Reading it is, in fact, very much like dipping into a jewel box and pulling out curious and brilliant things, different each time but always fascinating.' -- Nadeem Aslam, author of Maps for Lost Lovers, on JEWELS: A SECRET HISTORY 'Filled with eye-catching incidents and stories ... Finlay's evidence glitters from every page' -- Lawrence Norfolk, Sunday Telegraph 'Glorious ... anecdote and information accumulate with marvellous abundance and a passionate sense of the fascination of jewels ... a wonderfully generous gift' -- John de Falbe, Spectator 'A fascinating and exhaustive travelogue ... a prism through which the spectrum of history, geography and the sciences is refracted' -- Anna Swann, Spectator 'As a first glimpse into the jewel trade, rich, ancient and bloody, it could hardly be bettered' -- The Tablet 'A tour de force ... the breadth of research and insight is dazzling' -- Glasgow Herald 20030607 'A highly companionable guide, adventurous and romantic' -- Independent on Sunday 20030607 'Packed with stories, anecdotes and adventures. A full rainbow ... as vivid as the colours themselves' - -- Sunday Express 20030607 'This is a rare and wonderful book ... I could not be more enthusiastic' -- Simon Winchester, author of THE PROFESSOR AND THE 20030607 'It's pure pleasure to join this gutsy arts reporter-cum-scholar on her quest for historical pigments and dyes around the world' -- Independent 20030607
Victoria Finlay studied social anthropology at St Andrews University, specialising in Asian culture. She worked as a journalist in Hong Kong for eleven years, five of which were spent as arts editor for the South China Morning Post. She now lives in Derbyshire.