Smithsonian Handbooks: Gemstones

Overview

The visual guide to more than 130 gemstone varieties.

The Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Gemstones 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.
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Overview

The visual guide to more than 130 gemstone varieties.

The Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Gemstones 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.
Photo-Encyclopedic Approach: 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.
Identification Made Easy: For beginners and established enthusiasts alike, the Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Gemstones explains what a gemstone is, how and where gemstones occur, what natural properties they possess, and how they have been fashioned and imitated through the ages. to help you in the initial stages of identification, a color key illustrates the variety of colors found within natural and synthetic gemstones. A concise glossary explains relevant scientific and technical terms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789489852
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Smithsonian Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 218,731
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Author's Introduction 6
How this Book Works 9
What are Gemstones? 10
How Gemstones are Formed 12
Where Gemstones are Found 14
Physical Properties 16
Crystal Shapes 18
Optical Properties 20
Natural Inclusions 24
Faceting 26
Polishing, Carving, and Engraving 28
Gems Through the Ages 30
History and Folklore 32
Synthetic Gemstones 34
Imitation and Enhancement 36
Color Key 38
Precious Metals 48
Cut Stones 54
Organics 138
Table of Properties 150
Glossary 156
Index 158
Useful Addresses 160
Acknowledgments 160
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