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Diamond's Journey (Paperback) (Susanne Steiner)
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The Diamond's Journey is an historical fiction, following a group of diamonds from discovery in their raw, unpolished state. The diamonds travel from hand to hand for many reasons to different people - collectors, lovers, and survivors. The polished stones are cut by a master and set in a new, modern setting at the turn of the century. The ring continues to travel and play an important role in the life of each person who has the opportunity to spend time with it. The story begins with the current holder of the diamond ring, a young mother who has inherited it from her mother-in-law. In researching the value of the ring, she discovers the ring is much older than she imagined, and the diamonds are hand-cut in a style known as the "ideal cut." This discovery launches the story of the diamond trader who trains an assistant to help him find the diamonds he is looking for. Their adventure beings in India and continues halfway across the world to obtain the diamonds the trader is enchanted with. Their story ends in Lisbon, Portugal, as the diamonds change hands and travel to Paris. From Paris their journey brings them to America and a champion in JP Morgan, collector of minerals ad gemstones. They are used in an engagement ring and forgotten in a drawer, traded for freedom, given as a gift, bartered for food, given as a gift again and used to secure a relationship. Their journey is long, and they continue to sparkle and entrance, in dire situations as well as at joyous occasions.