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May 15, 2002
| ISBN 9780789489852
Aug 03, 2021
| ISBN 9780744020557
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May 15, 2002 | ISBN 9780789489852
Aug 03, 2021 | ISBN 9780744020557
Learn all there is to know about exquisite and precious gemstones of the world. Gemstones features over 800 incredible images and richly detailed descriptions. Included are more than 130 varieties of cut and uncut stones, organic gemstones, and precious metal. This fact-packed volume holds information on everything from gemstone shapes and their composition to where they occur and how they are fashioned. With this absolute gem from the DK Handbooks series, you will gain comprehensive insight into the identifying characteristics of different gemstones, their colours, cuts, and hardness levels. Covering radiant gemstones like amber, rubellite, and emeralds, Gemstones is led by careful research, high-quality visuals, and easy-to-understand text.This indispensable guide is the perfect companion for gemstone lovers and a comprehensive guide for collectors.
The clearest and most straightforward photographic field guide for gems of the world.This compact visual guide is 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 range of popular cuts, while color-coded bands provide at-a-glance facts for quick reference. The detailed introduction defines what a gemstone is, explains the physical and optical properties used to identify and classify gemstones, and shows how they have been fashioned and even imitated throughout history. To help with the initial stages of identification, a color key illustrates the variety of colors found within natural and synthetic gemstones. A concise glossary explains the relevant scientific and technical terms.
Cally Hall is a geology expert and an author of educational guidebooks that make the subject accessible to a variety of readers. She wrote her first book, a DK Smithsonian Handbook called Gemstones, in 1994. She has also written two… More about Cally Hall
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