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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This book is fabulous! All the scientific information you can think of on gemstones is in this book and along with all the information are wonderful photographs of the gemstones too.
It is easy to cross reference information in this book.
Excellent for those interested in the physical and scientific aspects on gemstones where most books only have limited information but plenty on the metaphysical aspects.
A must have for all gem lovers!
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.
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 2nd July 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.4 x 12.4 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 5
Edition Type: Revised