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Gemstones of the World : Newly Revised Fifth Edition - Walter Schumann

Gemstones of the World

Newly Revised Fifth Edition


Published: 1st September 2013
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RRP $29.99

Newly published in a fifth edition, this definitive guide takes the mystery out of appreciating, buying and selling gemstones. It covers everything from the romance and history of more than 1,800 gemstones to their geographic locations; scientific, physical and colour properties; and the way they are formed, structured and mined. The book also fully covers the optical features of gems - light and colour, luminescence, refraction and inclusions - and key information about the densities and chemical elements of each stone, with fascinating details on different cuts, polishing, gems, hardness, cleavage, classification, trade names, rarity and more. There are also many charts and diagrams as well as magnificent colour photographs of the stones with data about them on the facing page. If you want only one book on gemstones in your library, this would be the one!


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What a Jewell

By bythebye

from Sydney AU

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  • Easy To Read
  • Informative
  • Well Written


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    This was a gift for my grandson who has acquired a passion for gemstones and fossils. I asked a former colleague at Macquarie University which book would be most suitable for a 14yo, and he suggested this volume.
    My grandson immediately buried his nose into it and is most impressed with the content and layout which makes identification of samples very easy. My friends recommendation was well made.

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    ISBN: 9781454909538
    ISBN-10: 1454909536
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 320
    Published: 1st September 2013
    Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.4  x 2.4
    Weight (kg): 0.64