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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (113 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alicia Oltuski Narrator: Alicia Oltuski Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the middle of New York City lies a neighborhood where all secrets are valuable, all assets are liquid, and all deals are sealed with a blessing rather than a contract. Welcome to the diamond district. Ninety percent of all diamonds that enter America pass through these few blocks, but the inner workings of this mysterious world are known only to the people who inhabit it. Alicia Oltuski, daughter and granddaughter of diamond dealers, seamlessly blends family narrative with literary reportage to reveal the fascinating secrets of the diamond industry and its madcap characters, including her own eccentric father. Entertaining and illuminating, Precious Objects offers an insider's look at the history, business, and society behind one of the world's most coveted natural resources.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barbara | 2/11/2014

    " I picked up this book because the cover looked interesting and entered into a world I knew nothing about. Alicia Oltuski really gave me a sense of being part of a very unique world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristen | 2/8/2014

    " I learned so much from this book! It is part memoir - part biography (of diamonds). It reads as a narrative and flows quickly enough to keep a reader-of-fiction like me interested all the way to the end. I felt like I really know Oltuski's family well, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeanne | 1/4/2014

    " Have you ever wondered about the journey of a diamond from the mines to jewelry stores? I've read books about the "blood diamonds" so I knew something of that part, but I never really knew (or thought much about) the diamond merchants and their families. This is the story of Alicia Oltuski, a woman in the family of the very secretive diamond merchants. Makes you look at your diamonds in a whole new sparkle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ali | 1/3/2014

    " Fascinating look into the diamond industry. Needs a tighter organization of topics. I enjoyed. "

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