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By Tom Zoellner

In 2000, Tom Zoellner bought a diamond engagement ring and proposed. His female friend acknowledged, "yes" after which, without warning, walked out of his lifestyles making Tom the proprietor of a used engagement ring.  rather than hitting the self-help cabinets of his neighborhood bookstore, he hit the line vacationing to diamond mines in Africa, Canada, India, Brazil and Russia to find the real worthy of this shining gem.  He travelled to Japan to appreciate how diamonds have been associated with engagements and delved into the heritage of our personal American romance with the diamond ring. He won access to DeBeers, the London diamond retailers. He visited buying mall jewellers with starry-eyed couples. Through all of his travels, he searched for an solution to the query "How has one stone created empires, ruined lives, encouraged lust and emptied wallets all through history?" A diamond model of Susan Orleans's The Orchid Thief, Tom Zoellner's The Heartless Stone is a trip  to the chilly center of the world's most unyielding gem.

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