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Newly Revised Fifth Edition
by Walter Schumann
Hardcover, 319 pages
Dimensions (inches): 7.8 x 5.2 x .8
Published by Sterling Publications August, 1997
This definitive guide to gems for over 20 years takes the mystery out of appreciating, buying, and selling all kinds. It covers everything from the romance and history of more than 1,400 gemstones to their geographical locations, scientific, physical, and color properties, and they way they are formed, structured, and mined. With many charts and diagrams, Schumann offers full coverage of the optical features of gems - light and color, luminescence, refraction, and inclusions - and about densities and the chemical elements of each stone, with fascinating details on different cuts, polishing, synthetic and imitation gems, hardness, cleavage, classification, trade names, rarity, and much more - all with an easy-to-understand text. And then there are the magnificent photographs of the stones themselves in brilliant full-color, with full data on the facing page. If you wanted only one book on gemstones in your library, this would be the one!
This is the best handbook on gemstones, featuring an unusually large number of species, including many rare members. This book is worth the higher price.
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