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Exotic Gems: How to Identify and Buy Tanzanite, Ammolite, Rhodochrosite, Zultanite, Sunstone, Moonstone and Other Feldspars v. 1 (Newman Exotic Gem Series) [Paperback]

Renee Newman
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  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: International Jewelry Publications,U.S.; 1 Reprint edition (8 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929975421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929975429
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Exotic Gems: How to Identify and Buy Tanzanite, Ammolite, Rhodochrosite, Zultanite, Sunstone, Moonstone and Other Feldspars v. 1 Explores the history, lore, evaluation, geographic sources, and identifying properties of lesser-known gems. This volume has 288 colour photographs of mounted and loose tanzanite, ammolite, zultanite, rhodochrosite, sunstone, moonstone, labradorite, spectrolite, andesine, amazonite, bytownite, orthoclase and oligoclase. Full description

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 10 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
I have a real passion for coloured stones, and Newman's exotic gems series is a delight. Reliable information about coloured stones other than ruby, sapphire and emerald has been hard to come by or prohibitively expensive, so I am very glad of this series. I keep coming back to this book - and its successor, Exotic Gems v2.

I think Newman has done an excellent job of catering to both consumers and professionals. As a gemmologist I would have liked more photos of inclusions, clarity, colour, but as a realist I know that this would have raised the price too much, and might also have made the book too dense for the non-specialist. The gemmological information and the discussions of how to evaluate each stone are fascinating, useful, realistic and readable and there are plenty of references for further reaading.

Almost most wonderful - the photographs of stones and jewellery set with the stones. Almost equally wonderful - the sources of the photographs, often stone dealers or jewellery designers, whose websites have opened another world I hadn't yet found!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read. 2 Aug 2014
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Just brilliant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Professional to Layman...Newman Does It Again! 3 Mar 2010
By Reading It All - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Renee Newman knocks it out of the park again!!!! In her latest book Exotic Gems: How to Identify and Buy Tanzanite, Ammolite, Rhodochrosite, Zultanite, Sunstone, Moonstone & Other Feldspars (Newman Exotic Gem Series) Ms. Newman opens the world of the exotic to her loyal fans.

The great thing about any Renee Newman guide is that she writes for everyone - the professional jeweler, gemologist and hobbyist will all be able to glean important information and inspiration from her books.

In the first volume of her Exotic Gems series Newman looks specifically at Tanzanite, Ammolite, Rhodocrosite, Zultanite and several of the Felspar family of gems (Moonstone, Labradorite, Spectrolite, Sunstone and more).

In words that everyone can understand she walks you through the chemical, physical and optical qualities and then she takes you to the mines, shows you what it takes to cut some of these exotics and then finishes up with some of the most gorgeous photos of faceted gems, carved gems and gems in jewelry...and she even talks about the Metaphysical Lore of the gem.

The popularity of the television shopping networks has opened up a new era in gems in jewelry - there was a day when gem Rhodocrosite was considered to soft for jewelry and it was only found in mineral collections - those days are gone and Renee Newman's book give us the information we need to make decisions about using these materials in jewelry and for those looking to purchase them.

This book is worth buying just for the "eye candy" value - delightful to see such a great range from bridge to fine jewelry - cutters to carvers. Thanks Renee - I am looking forward to volume two!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful reference and a joy to read! 28 Nov 2010
By hoffmanjade(dot)com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Would you recognize a beautiful ammolite if you saw one? Seen any zultanites lately? If these gems sound unfamiliar, this book may be for you.

Renée Newman has authored several highly praised guides for buyers of diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and pearls. With this book she enters the realm of the more unusual gems. Newman starts off with a careful discussion of all the factors affecting price-- 10 different factors are discussed and illustrated. Then comes a brief summary of gem treatments and a quick review of gemstone terminology, all in clear English.

The first stone discussed in detail is tanzanite. You may consider this gem more mainstream today than "exotic," but have you seen yellow tanzanite? Or pink, or green? This chapter, the longest in the book at 31 pages, mostly updates Newman's previous writings on tanzanite, including its many treatments, coatings, and imitators. Especially interesting is the dramatic improvement from recutting chipped or poorly cut tanzanites; two examples are well illustrated.

Then follow chapters on zultanite (color change diaspore), ammolite, rhodochrosite (including the desirable transparent variety), and the various feldspars such as sunstone, moonstone, labradorite, and spectrolite. Ammolite, an iridescent gem found within ancient fossilized mollusks (ammonites), is an unusual and surprisingly beautiful gem that deserves wider recognition. Newman gives us a peek into the mines and shows examples of how several exotic stones are cut. Rounding out the book is advice on caring for these gemstones, their "metaphysical properties," and a chapter on selecting an appraiser.

This is a very practical guide to these unusual gems, yet has more than enough technical detail to satisfy the gemologist. It is clearly written, easy to understand, and illustrated with excellent color photographs and photomicrographs from a wide variety of sources. Both set and unmounted gems are pictured.

The first in a promised series, this book is a wonderful reference as well as a joy to read. It will leave you looking forward to Ms. Newman's next volume.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new precious gem! 8 Mar 2010
By D. Gregory - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Another marvelous book in Renee Newman's collection! Very well written, easy to understand yet so knowledgeable. A plus are the beautiful and informative pictures covering the process from the gemstones being mined to being set in finished gorgeous jewelry! A must-have book to enjoy and learn about wonderful gemstones in an always expanding jewelry field.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A choice and very highly recommended pick 12 April 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The rarest gems can be the most beautiful. "Exotic Gems" is a guide to the many rare gems around the world that have their own attraction. With tips on identifying these rare gems, where they come from and how did they form, the mythology behind them, and how to buy them without getting burned, Renee Newman gives reads a complete and comprehensive guide to these gems, making "Exotic Gems" a choice and very highly recommended pick.
3.0 out of 5 stars This Book is Ok 12 Jun 2014
By Patricia Ann Saporito-Murdock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When I found this book I throught I had found a book that would help me, its a ok one ,I am able to use is as a guide as well as its in my library
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