Gemstones of the World

Gemstones of the World

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"Would you know the difference between prehnite, variscite, and jade? Or a diamond and a cubic zirconia? Could you identify the different diamond cuts, and would you choose a diamond by its cut alone? Gemstones have fascinated people for thousands of years. In ancient times they were worn as amulets and talismans, offering protection against ghosts, repulsing evil, preserving health, and warding off the plague. A link with astrology was formed, and gemstones were allocated to the signs of the zodiac. At one time, precious jewelry was a way to recognize the truly rich as opposed to mere pretenders to power and wealth. From the historical to the scientific, this extraordinary reference is filled with fascinating facts about gemstones, both precious and semiprecious. It's also a worldwide scientific survey, with stunning color photographs of each gem and its varieties. This fifth edition includes information on a total of 1,800 gemstones in all"--Dust jacket cover.
Publisher: New York : Sterling, 2013
Edition: Newly rev. fifth edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781454909538
1454909536
Branch Call Number: 553.8 S3928g 2013
Characteristics: 319 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Shea, Daniel
Shea, Nicole 1976-

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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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