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by Cally Hall
Flex Cover, 160 pages
Dimensions (inches): 8.3 x 5.5 x .5
Published by Dorling Kindersley, 1994
Packed with more than 800 vivid full-color photographs of more than 130 varieties of cut and uncut stones, organic gemstones, and precious metals. With authoritative text, clear photography, and a systematic approach, this concise guide to identification enables you to recognize each gemstone instantly.
Each expertly written entry combines a precise description with annotated photographs to highlight the gemstone's chief characteristics and distinguishing features. Additional color illustrations and photographs show uncut stones, color variations, and a wide range of popular cuts. Easy-to-use, color-coded bands provide at-a-glance facts for quick reference. Also included is a concise glossary. This is the clearest identification guide to natural and synthetic gemstones for beginners and established enthusiasts alike.
This is a very readable handbook on gemstones, organized well with excellent photos, combined with informative narrative and essential data, not to mention coverage on some rarer gemstones as well. While Schumann's Gemstones of the World is still the standard, this Smithsonian handbook is recommended for beginners as well as those who shy away from the more technical approach in favor of user-friendliness.
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