THE STORY OF DIAMONDS by Jean Milne

THE STORY OF DIAMONDS

Age Range: 9 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A useful but hardly fascinating look at what should be an absorbing subject. Milne covers the basics of what young readers

might want to know: where diamonds are found (mostly in Africa, but lately in Australia and Russia); how they are mined (in

both riverbeds and the geological "kimberlite pipes"—igneous, carrot-shaped rock formations); and how they are used (only 20

percent in jewelry, the rest for industry). Gems were used first as talismans rather than adornment, and Milne notes with some

relish that Louis IX, King of France in the 13th century, forbade any woman to wear diamonds. (Diamond engagement rings

became popular only in the United States in the 19th century.) Cecil Rhodes's consolidation of the De Beers diamond monopoly

and the exploitation of mine workers are mentioned along with various tales of lost, supposedly cursed and famous diamonds

like the Koh-i-noor and the Cullinan. Charts and a few pictures add interest. Good for the inevitable school reports. (glossary,

related reading, index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Feb. 28th, 2000
ISBN: 0-208-02476-X
Page count: 111pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2000