Gemstones of the World

Gemstones of the World

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This is truly the ultimate one-volume book every hobbyist, jeweler, jewelry maker, and rockhound will ever need!

Following the spectacular success of the first four editions of Gemstones of the World , the revised fifth edition exhibits important updates and a beautiful new cover. All the gemstones ever discovered--now over 1,900--are treated in their many variations. More than 1,500 full-color photos showcase each precious and semiprecious stone in both its rough natural state and its polished and cut renditions. Each entry offers complete information on a gemstone's formation and structure, physical properties and characteristics, methods of working, cutting, and polishing. You'll find full treatments of lesser-known gems, from andalusite to vesuvian, and a special section devoted to rocks as precious stones, including alabaster, onyx, obsidian, and fossils. Organic gem materials, such as coral, ivory, amber, and pearl, are also covered along with new-on-the-market stones like charcoite. Additionally, this all-inclusive volume includes imitations, synthetics, and combined stones. Charts and tables help you identify unknown gemstones and--when you're in the market--how to check for genuineness.
Publisher: New York :, Sterling,, 2013
Edition: Newly revised fifth edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781454909538
1454909536
Branch Call Number: 553.8 S392g 2013
Characteristics: 319 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Shea, Nicole 1976-
Shea, Daniel

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Octagon8
Mar 22, 2016

I checked out several books on geology/gemstones and this one has it all. It talks about the biggest diamonds, sapphires, etc., and some of the history behind them all. It also has all the other scientific relevant things like hardness, density, where you can find them, and more. And, the pictures are great! In other gem books I found the pictures confusing or not showing enough examples. This book is great! If you are interested in gem collecting or just knowing what is out there, this is the best one.

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