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Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World

by Aja Raden

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Aja Raden describes how jewels shaped the course of history. She looks into the role of precious gemstones in triggering cultural movements, political dynasties and wars, and explores how jewels reflect darker aspects of human nature.

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According to Aja Raden, a Hungarian countess commissioned the first wristwatch from watchmaker Patek Philippe around 1868. "[It] was a spectacularly expensive piece of jewelry," the author says. Courtesy of the Patek Philippe Museum via Harper Collins hide caption

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From Trading Beads To The First Wristwatch, A History Of Shiny Objects

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