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Did you know that a block-long enclave in New York City handles more than 90 percent of all diamonds entering the United States? Or that the Jewish bond with the diamond trade was forged centuries ago when they were excluded from all commercial guilds except one? Or that diamonds can be created from the ashes and hair of the deceased? Oltuski, a journalist and the daughter of a diamond dealer, grew up surrounded by the myth, lore, and culture of one of the world's most sought after prizes. The diamond men her father deals with are masters of secrecy and discretion, speaking their own private language, sealing their deals with a blessing instead of a signature, and doing business in ways that carry deep connections to an ancient religious past. Oltuski's access to this mysterious, closed world is unparalleled. Into the story of the world's most coveted gem, she skillfully weaves the saga of her own family's journey from Siberia to postwar Germany to Manhattan's 47th Street. Combining family history, reportage, and meticulous research, she tells the story of the industry's inner sanctum and its eccentric, sometimes dangerous characters. Oltuski has written an absorbing exploration of this fascinating journey over several continents that is as delightful as it is informative.