Brazil: A Man of Many Facets

Wherever they wander in Latin America, travelers can seldom escape the enticements of a short, slender Brazilian named Hans Stern, the continent's king of diamonds. At the most important South American airports, in the best hotels and on the broad boulevards of cities from Buenos Aires to Caracas, Stern's jewelry showrooms are in glittering evidence. His 136 boutiques span from the Sugar Loafs peak to the depths of the Amazon Valley (at Manaus, Brazil), also float on 37 ships at sea, where Stern men are planted among the passengers to talk up lapidary lore. Stern has already opened a...

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