This is a handy guide identifying over 170 types of the world's gemstones with beautiful colour photography taken from the Smithsonian Institution's archives. "Gem Gemstones" is an indispensable guide for amateurs and enthusiasts alike. This pocket-sized book explores the fascinating history of ornamental stones, discussing their different social and cultural meanings and monetary values through the ages. Each page features specific details about the crystal system, hardness, composition, lustre and gemstone 'family' of each gem. Full colour photography for each specimen with cut and uncut examples from the Smithsonian Institution's archives are included throughout, as well as up-to-date information on where to go to view such gems. Simple illustrations show the crystal structure of each stone for ease of identification and a complete glossary and bibliography show where to go for further information.
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Cally Oldershaw has an international reputation as a leading gemmologist. She has written a large number of books on gems and precious stones for a wide-ranging audience.
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR003166605
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Book Description Collins, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Used, Internally looks Unread - Quick flick through pages could not see any issues - All Pages appear clean and unmarked. A Very Good personal reading copy. Light wear only. ; Collins Gem; 4.41 X 3.23 X 0.63 inches; 192 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 1592