- Author: William Makepeace Thackeray
- Copyright: Public domain
- Published in: 1848
- Word count: 50,190 words (≈ about 3 hours)
The narrative dwells on the importance gained by an individual through his possession of a diamond. The highs and lows of this important phase of his life are discussed. The materialistic approach of the people and the protagonist's realization of facts are related in a charming manner.