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Butterworth-Heinemann, 1999 - Reference - 326 pages
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This second edition 'Gemmology' has been expanded and updated throughout by the well known writer and editor of Butterworth-Heinemann's gemmology series, Peter Read. This is a much needed update of a classic text and new syllabus information and sample examination theory papers for the Gemmological Association's Preliminary and Diploma courses are included. The additions also incorporate more recent developments, such as the introduction of synthetic moissanite and the De Beer's instruments for distinguishing between natural and synthetic diamonds.'Gemmology' still serves as a useful reference guide for gemmologists detailing the latest natural and synthetic gem materials and is an invaluable text for anyone in the gemmological profession.

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Great book, a pity that Peter Read fails to acknowledge that David Minster of Pretoria South Africa was the inventor of the LED light source as an alternative to the sodium light source as mentioned in his article on alternate light sources for refractometers on the Journal of Gemmology in 1979, and in in his book, Gemmological instruments (first edition) - fatal omission Peter
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