Would you know the difference between prehnite, variscite, and jade? Or a diamond or cubic zirconia?
Newly published in a fifth edition, 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 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!
- Precious and Semiprecious Stones
- 1,900 Photos of Gems in Rough and Polished States
- Complete Physical Properties and Characteristics
- Finding, Mining, and Cutting