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Legendary Gems or Gems that Make History

Bruton, Eric

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ISBN 10: 0801975115 / ISBN 13: 9780801975110
Published by Chilton Book Company, Radnor, PA, 1986
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Hardcover. A fine copy in a very good jacket with 2 1/2 in tears at the top of the jacket near the spine. 239 pages, index, bibliography, 10 pages in full color, and many in black and white. Mostly Diamonds other stones are discussed. Wars, love, legends, even Dealers are mentioned. This is a book of facts and romance. Bookseller Inventory # 007892

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Title: Legendary Gems or Gems that Make History

Publisher: Chilton Book Company, Radnor, PA

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Gems still exert a powerful influence on the modern world, enlightened though it is said to be: once poverty-stricken, Botswana has recently found sudden wealth under the desert sands, where diamonds have been hiding for a hundred million years. In the Congo, Zaire, and Angola, civil war in our times has been inspired partly by mineral riches. And the rivalry of East and West over the African continent is concerned almost entirely with natural resources. This absorbing and often astonishing history of legendary gems is told with style and wit by expert gemologist Eric Bruton. Amid legends and intrigue are hard facts about gems?classification, valuation, and engraving. Prospecting and mining details, plus the inside (and sometimes sordid) stories of how enormous stones were cut and dispersed in great secrecy, make this book a must read for the gemologist and jeweler.

About the Author:

Eric Bruton was the editor of Industrial Diamond Review, the founder of the trade newspaper Retail Jeweller, and the author of Diamonds and The History of Clocks and Watches. Much of the background for Legendary Gems was gleaned first hand by the author in the gem mines of India, Africa, Asia, and South America. 

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