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The international Diamond undefined: Economics and improvement brings jointly a suite of papers masking quite a few features of the diamond together with economics, legislations, background, sociology and improvement throughout volumes.

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M. H. Gans, Juwelen en mensen: de geschiedenis van het bijou van 1400 tot 1900, voornamelijk naar Nederlandse bronnen (Jewellery and people: the history of the bijou from 1400 to 1900, primarily from Dutch sources), Schiedam: Interbook International, 1979, p. 173. 35. Jan Walgrave, ‘Diamond cuts in the 17th century’, in A sparkling age: 17thcentury diamond jewelleryy (exhibition catalogue), Antwerp: Diamantmuseum, 1993, p. 47; see also Pointon, Brilliant effects, pp. 26–7. 36. Journal of Indian Art, t 1, 14, 1886, p.

47 The regular cuts favoured by European jewellers were ill-fitted to Indian tastes. Moreover, customers in Persia and the Arabian Peninsula appear to have liked the multifaceted Indian stones far more than the regular European ones. 3 A rose-cut diamond Source: Lenzen, History of diamond production, p. 79. for finished stones may help to explain geographical shifts between finishing centres, beginning with a shift that saw part of the finishing industry in India relocate to Europe. 5 From India via Venice to Antwerp In 1503, exactly a century after the previously mentioned Jewish merchant in Venice published his price list, Bartolomeo di Pasi issued a list of commodities traded in the same city, including diamonds being brought there by individual merchants via various land routes.

Murray, 1911, pp. 113–14 and 172–5. 6. According to Howard, ‘Description’, pp. 907–9, several rajas and sultans in South India had (some of) their mines dug out only privately. 7. Kanakalatha Mukund, ‘Mining in South India in the 17th and 18th centuries’, Indica, 52–3, 1991, p. 17. , Working on labor: essays in honor of Jan Lucassen, Leiden: Brill 2012, pp. 19–46. 8. , Indian travels of Thevenot and Careri: being the third part of the travels of M. de Thevenot into the Levant and the third part of a voyage round the world by Dr.

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