Precious objects: a story of diamonds, family and a way of life
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New York : Scribner, 2011.
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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.In Precious Objects, twenty-six-year-old journalist Alicia Oltuski, the 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: an Elvis-impersonating dealer, a duo of diamond-detective brothers, and her own eccentric father.With insight and drama, Oltuski limns her family’s diamond-paved move from communist Siberia to a displaced persons camp in post–World War II Germany to New York’s diamond district, exploring the connections among Jews and the industry, the gem and its lore, and the exotic citizens of this secluded world. 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, providing an unforgettable backstage pass to an extraordinary and timeless show.
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viii, 356 pages ; 22.
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English
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9781416545125, 1416545123

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A fascinating look at one family's journey from diamond dealing in Communist Siberia to the historic diamond district on New York's 47th Street. "Alicia Oltuski is an intrepid journalist able to write with precision and insight about the big issues in the diamond trade and the intimate details of life on Forty-Seventh Street."--Tony Hall, U.S. Representative.
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Oltuski, A. (2011). Precious objects: a story of diamonds, family and a way of life. New York: Scribner.

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Oltuski, Alicia. 2011. Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family and a Way of Life. New York: Scribner.

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Oltuski, Alicia, Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family and a Way of Life. New York: Scribner, 2011.

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Oltuski, Alicia. Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family and a Way of Life. New York: Scribner, 2011. Print.

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