Shifting trajectories of diamond processing: from India to Europe and back, from the fifteenth century to the twentieth*

  title={Shifting trajectories of diamond processing: from India to Europe and back, from the fifteenth century to the twentieth*},
  author={Karin Hofmeester},
  journal={Journal of Global History},
  pages={25 - 49}
Abstract Diamonds have a long global history in which India plays a pivotal though little-known role. Indeed, it was in India that diamonds were first mined, finished, and worn. Diamonds and their finishing techniques reached Europe in the fifteenth century. Subsequently, part of the industry moved from India to Europe, where manufacturing shifted from one city to another, before returning to India in the twentieth century. These shifts, I argue, are determined by changes in one or more… Expand
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