Simon and Schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious Stones

Simon and Schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious Stones

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Simon & Schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious Stones provides both the connoisseur and the casual collector with a compact, easy-to-use volume describing more than 100 rare varieties of minerals whose beauty and mystery have possessed our imaginations from time immemorial. More than 450 brilliant photographs accompany profiles of each gem, covering such aspects as appearance, physical properties -- density, hardness, refraction -- occurrence, and how to judge quality and value. Additional sections describe the process of cutting gemstones and the techniques professional gemologists use to evaluate a stone's weight and optical properties.
Detailed and comprehensive, this book is essential for anyone interested in the study of gems and precious stones.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, c1986.
ISBN: 9780671604301
0671604309
9780671601164
0671601164
Branch Call Number: 553.8 Cip
Characteristics: 384 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 19 cm.

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