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Gemstones ~ Symbols of Beauty and Power (Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones)

Gubelin, Franz-Zaver Erni Eduard J

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ISBN 10: 0945005369 / ISBN 13: 9780945005360
Published by Geoscience Press, 2000
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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!0 X 12's inches high. 240 pages. Condition of the book this Very Good; text and illustrations are very clean, finding is tight. Condition of the dust jacket Very Good; booksellers sticker on rear cover, otherwise excellent. Jewelry and gems stack 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 8463

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Title: Gemstones ~ Symbols of Beauty and Power (...

Publisher: Geoscience Press

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Edition: First English language edition

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This gorgeous coffee table book is distinguished from many other gem books by providing both a visually stunning format as well as an in depth geological perspective. Over 370 gloriously colorful photographs of gems and painstaking descriptions of their creation within the earth's crust give you intimate knowledge of gems. Additional chapters cover jeweled treasures used by royalty, historically important jewels, and gemstone lore.

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Noted geologist G belin and freelance scientific writer Erni distinguish their work from other gem books by providing geological perspective. "The purpose is to guide the layperson into one of nature's most fascinating puzzles without any need for a specialist's knowledge." They accomplish this purpose through over 370 gloriously colorful photographs of gems and painstaking descriptions of their creation within the earth's crust. They focus on 18 clear gemstones, from diamond to zircon, and eight opaque "ornamental stones," from agate to turquoise. The authors present fascinating microscopic investigations of stones and comparisons with human-made gems; additional chapters cover jeweled treasures used by royalty and clergy, historically important jewels, plus gemstone lore. A subtle social message is conveyed through the contrast of luxurious finished jewels with photos and descriptions of actual gemstone mining and polishing by native workers around the world. Rich in beauty and content; recommended for public and academic libraries. Therese Duzinkiewicz Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green
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