'A beautiful book. Reading it is, in fact, very much like dipping into a jewel box and pulling out curious and brilliant things, different each time but always fascinating.'
'Filled with eye-catching incidents and stories ... Finlay's evidence glitters from every page'
'Glorious ... anecdote and information accumulate with marvellous abundance and a passionate sense of the fascination of jewels ... a wonderfully generous gift'
'A fascinating and exhaustive travelogue ... a prism through which the spectrum of history, geography and the sciences is refracted'
'As a first glimpse into the jewel trade, rich, ancient and bloody, it could hardly be bettered'
A tour de force ... the breadth of research and insight is dazzling
A highly companionable guide, adventurous and romantic
'Packed with stories, anecdotes and adventures. A full rainbow ... as vivid as the colours themselves' -
This is a rare and wonderful book ... I could not be more enthusiastic
It's pure pleasure to join this gutsy arts reporter-cum-scholar on her quest for historical pigments and dyes around the world