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Victoria Finlay

Victoria Finlay studied social anthropology at the University of St. Andrews and the College of William & Mary, Virginia, before working for Reuters in London and Scandinavia. She spent twelve years as a journalist in Hong Kong, five of them as arts editor of The South China Morning Post, where she also presented a weekly radio program. She now lives in Somerset in southwest England, and divides her time between researching her next book and working for an international environmental charity, www.arcworld.org. Jewels is her third book.


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Color
Written by Victoria Finlay
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | December 2003
$17.00/(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7142-2 (0-8129-7142-6)

Discover the tantalizing true stories behind your favorite colors.
For example: Cleopatra used saffron—a source of the color yellow—for seduction. Extracted from an Afghan mine, the blue “ultramarine” paint used by Michelangelo was so expensive he couldn’t afford to buy it himself. Since ancient times, carmine red—still found in lipsticks and Cherry... Read more






Jewels
Written by Victoria Finlay
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | August 2007
$17.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-46695-2 (0-345-46695-0)

Throughout history, precious stones have inspired passions and poetry, quests and curses, sacred writings and unsacred actions. In this scintillating book, journalist Victoria Finlay embarks on her own globe-circling search for the real stories behind some of the gems we prize most. Blending adventure travel, geology, exciting new research, and her... Read more





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