Gems: Their Sources, Descriptions and Identification

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Michael O'Donoghue
Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006 - Science - 873 pages
Since it was first published in 1962 'Gems' has become universally recognised as the most comprehensive and authoritative treatise on gem materials in the English language.In this sixth edition, chapters, appendices and tables have been revised for relevance to today's practice and include an expanded encyclopedic section.'Gems' caters for the professional jeweller and student gemmologist, collector of gems and those with an insatiable interest in precious stones. NB: The gem testing section has been removed as this is covered extensively in Gemmology 3e

*Unique comprehensive source of information on gems
*Contributing authors, at the top of the field, bring the latest developments to the reader
*The only encyclopedic reference for gemstones

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This is the best book for the historic and current sources for each variety and color of each type gemstone. Mineralogy and crystallography is discussed in detail as well as the history of each stones ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Michael O'Donoghue was among the original contributors to "National Lampoon" when it began in 1970. The original producer of "The National Lampoon Radio Hour," O'Donoghue hired Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Anne Beatts, John Belushi, Christopher Guest and a number of other performers for the show and later on, brought them to "Saturday Night Live," where he served as head writer through the glory years of 1975-1978. As a screenwriter, O'Donoghue penned "Scrooged," "Mr. Mike's Mondo Video, Gilda Live!" And a number of other unproduced masterpieces. O'Donoghue died tragically of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1994 at the age of 52.

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