Gemstones of the World

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2009 - Nature - 319 pages
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Gemstones of the World is the single, cornerstone volume that every hobbyist, jeweler, jewelry maker, and rockhound needs. And this updated edition contains a new chapter on the treatment of gemstones, expanded information on what’s “New on the Market,” and 400 additional stones.

More than 1,500 full-color photos showcase each precious and semiprecious stone in its rough, natural, polished, and cut renditions. Each entry offers complete information on the gemstone’s formation, structure, physical properties, and characteristics, along with the best methods of working, cutting, and polishing it. There are even full treatments of lesser-known gems; a special section on rocks as precious stones; and organic gem materials. Charts and tables (including the “double fraction” figures that experts want) help collectors identify unknown gemstones and check for genuineness.

 

  

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Contents

Preface
7
Origin and Structure
14
Properties of Gemstones
20
Deposits and Production
61
Cutting and Polishing of Gems
68
Classifications of Gemstones
82
BestKnown
86
Corundum Species
98
Rhodonite
184
LesserKnown Gemstones
194
Gemstones for Collectors
220
Rocks as Gemstones
244
Organic Gemstones
250
Imitation and Synthetic Gemstones
266
New on the Market
276
Symbolic and Beneficial Gemstones
283

Beryl Species
106
Chrysoberyl
114
Garnet Group
120
Quartz
132

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