The Gemstones Handbook: Properties, Identification, and Use
  • Alternative view 1 of The Gemstones Handbook: Properties, Identification, and Use
  • Alternative view 2 of The Gemstones Handbook: Properties, Identification, and Use

The Gemstones Handbook: Properties, Identification, and Use

3.4 5
by Arthur Thomas
     
 

The Gemstones Handbook is the essential resource for lapidarists, serious gem collectors, and amateur enthusiasts alike.

As well as the naturally occurring minerals that have long been prized as gemstones—for example, diamonds, emeralds and rubies—the book covers organic gems, such as pearls, amber, and coral, and synthetic gems and simulants,

Overview

The Gemstones Handbook is the essential resource for lapidarists, serious gem collectors, and amateur enthusiasts alike.

As well as the naturally occurring minerals that have long been prized as gemstones—for example, diamonds, emeralds and rubies—the book covers organic gems, such as pearls, amber, and coral, and synthetic gems and simulants, also known as imitations.

 

PART 1: THE WORLD OF GEMSTONES examines the appeal of gemstones, the basic rock types, principles of crystal formation, and physical properties.

 

PART 2: A GEMSTONE GUIDE makes up the main encyclopedic section of the book and provides information on the origins, properties, and qualities of over 200 stones, as well as major world sources.

 

PART 3: THE ART OF THE GEM explores the history and popularity of collecting, the cutting and finishing processes, and the ways in which stones can be enhanced or “improved.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760794388
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
01/07/2008
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Thomas is a gemmologist and gem dealer based in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has more than 35 years of experience in the gem trade, both as a dealer and educator. He is a Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, and founder of the Gemmological Association of South Africa.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

The Gemstones Handbook 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Lizpera More than 1 year ago
When purchasing this Gemstones Handbook it was for my 8 year old son who is intrigued with gemstones and collects them. He was so happy to receive the book and loves it completely. The book is very detailed and useful information for him to read and understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mareader More than 1 year ago
amazing pictures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago