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Tears of Mermaids

The Secret Story of Pearls



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Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls by Stephen G. Bloom
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For "Tears of Mermaids", Stephen G. Bloom traveled 30,000 miles to trace a single pearl - from the moment a diver off the coast of Australia scoops from the ocean floor an oyster containing a single luminescent pearl to the instant a woman on the other side of the world fastens the clasp of a strand containing the same orb. Bloom chronicles the never-before-told saga of the global pearl trade by gaining access to clandestine outposts in Japan, China, the Philippines, French Polynesia and Australia. Bloom infiltrates high-tech pearl farms and processing facilities guarded by gun-toting sentries, and insinuates himself into the lives of powerful international pearl lords. Bloom farms for pearls in rural China, goes behind scenes at million-dollar auctions in Hong Kong, trails pearl brokers and Internet entrepreneurs in Asia, hires himself out as a deckhand on an Australian pearling vessel, and goes backstage at Christie's for a fast and furious auction of the most expensive pearl ever sold. Teeming with rogue humor and uncanny intelligence, "Tears of Mermaids" weaves a nonstop detective story of the world's most enduring gem.

Author Biography

STEPHEN G. BLOOM, a professor of journalism at the University of Iowa, is author of "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America, "and co-author (with Peter Feldstein) of "The Oxford Project." He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
Release date Australia
June 22nd, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
St Martin's Press
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