Genre: Reference - Gemstone
Author: Walter Schumann
Pages: 319 - Hardcover
Gemstones of the World
This 5th edition, definitive guide takes the mystery out of appreciating. buying, and selling gemstones. It covers everything from the romance and history of more than 1,800 gemstones to their geographic locations; scientific, physical, and color properties; and the way they are formed, structured, and mined. The book also fully covers the optical features of gems: light and color, luminescence, refraction, and inclusions, and key information about the densities and chemical elements of each stone, with fascinating details on different cuts, polishing gems, as well as their hardness, cleavage, classification, trade names, rarity, and more. There are also many charts and diagrams as well as magnificent color photographs of the stones with data about them on the facing page.
This hardcover book is an invaluable reference source for rockhounds of all ages! It explains everything about gemstones, and explains everything about them in an easy to read format that is perfect for everyone from the expert to the layman. If you choose to only have one book on gemstones in your library, this would be the one.