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Smithsonian Handbook of Gemstones

0.90 LBS
  • Product Description

    by Cally Hall

    Flex Cover, 160 pages

    Dimensions (inches): 8.3 x 5.5  x .5

    Published by Dorling Kindersley,  1994

    Publisher's synopsis:

    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.

    Our Review:

    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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