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Gemstones of the World: Newly Revised Fifth Edition

Gemstones of the World: Newly Revised Fifth Edition by Walter Schumann 1454909536 9781454909538
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This is truly the ultimate one-volume book every hobbyist, jeweler, jewelry maker, and rockhound will ever need!

Following the spectacular success of the first four editions of Gemstones of the World, the revised fifth edition exhibits important updates and a beautiful new cover. All the gemstones ever discovered--now over 1,900--are treated in their many variations. More than 1,500 full-color photos showcase each precious and semiprecious stone in both its rough natural state and its polished and cut renditions. Each entry offers complete information on a gemstones formation and structure, physical properties and characteristics, methods of working, cutting, and polishing. Youll find full treatments of lesser-known gems, from andalusite to vesuvian, and a special section devoted to rocks as precious stones, including alabaster, onyx, obsidian, and fossils. Organic gem materials, such as coral, ivory, amber, and pearl, are also covered along with new-on-the-market stones like charcoite. Additionally, this all-inclusive volume includes imitations, synthetics, and combined stones. Charts and tables help you identify unknown gemstones and--when youre in the market--how to check for genuineness.

Author: Walter Schumann

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 320

Publisher: Sterling

Publication Date: 2013-07-02

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