Gems and Minerals: Earth Treasures from the Royal Ontario Museum

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A profusely illustrated and remarkably comprehensive guide to nature's most stunning jewels.

Under the right conditions, over millions of years, geological activity can form extremely striking and amazing minerals. Once they have formed, these rare giants can be destroyed by the very forces that created them. Few survive, and even fewer are discovered and collected undamaged. This book is a comprehensive illustrated guide to 260 outstanding ...

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Overview

A profusely illustrated and remarkably comprehensive guide to nature's most stunning jewels.

Under the right conditions, over millions of years, geological activity can form extremely striking and amazing minerals. Once they have formed, these rare giants can be destroyed by the very forces that created them. Few survive, and even fewer are discovered and collected undamaged. This book is a comprehensive illustrated guide to 260 outstanding examples of gems and minerals from the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum.

When Theophrastus described 16 minerals in his textbook De lapidibus, around 300 BCE, he laid the foundation for the science of mineralogy. Advances in the 20th century, particularly the use of X-ray crystallography, now allow the crystal structure of most minerals to be described at the atomic level. The informative introduction of
Gems and Minerals explains some of this science, providing definitions of many of the book's technical terms. The book then describes each mineral, accompanied by a photograph. The mineral's chemical and physical properties are identified, as well as how it was formed and where it can be found.

Gems and Minerals contains more than 400 photographs and focuses on the beauty of the mineral kingdom. It contains many images of spectacular crystals and gems as well as magnificent manufactured objects made from gold, silver and gemstones. Historical background, the origin of the mineral's name and interesting lesser-known facts complete this guide to a fascinating aspect of the natural world around us.

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Editorial Reviews

Rock and Gem - Bob Jones
A very handsome and colorful quick reference on many of the minerals and gems of the world.... With superb photographs and excellent mineral references, this text joins a host of other books on gems and minerals and is a fine addition to anyone's reference shelf or coffee table.
Rock and Gem - Bob Jones
A very handsome and colorful quick reference on many of the minerals and gems of the world.... With superb photographs and excellent mineral references, this text joins a host of other books on gems and minerals and is a fine addition to anyone's reference shelf or coffee table.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554078806
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,359,953
  • Product dimensions: 12.90 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Kimberly Tait is the associate curator of mineralogy at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. She is also assistant professor of geology (status only) at the University of Toronto.

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