KOH-I-NOOR: THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST INFAMOUS DIAMOND William Dalrymple and Anita Anand Bloomsbury, $25
The Koh-I-Noor may not be the world’s biggest diamond, nor is it the brightest, but it is certainly the most famous. William Dalrymple and Anita Anand trace its journey from the first mention of it in 1547 in India to its place among the British Crown Jewels. On the cross of the Queen Consort Crown traditionally worn at coronations, its likely next wearer, Camilla Parker-Bowles, might like to reconsider. Its wearers are said to be cursed, had their eyeballs pricked by needles, shot, stabbed and lost their minds and fortunes. This thoroughly researched account leaves the reader eager to gaze upon the real thing, albeit through protective goggles. One for the history buffs.