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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DK; Re-issue (PB, round corners) edition (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405357975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405357975
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gemjunior on 28 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is good if you are just starting out looking at gemstones and gemmology. However it does not give much more than a brief outline of each stone with a few nice pictures which leaves you wanting more! Good reference charts at the back of the book. Other than the charts, no real visual identifying tips of any real value imo ie. microphotos etc or tips on id synthetics etc. Still a nice book to have and does contribute something when compared with other books.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Max Milligan on 29 Nov. 2005
Format: Paperback
This handbook is essential reading for any new jewellers and provides the basics needed for product knowledge. Well laid out information, multiple illustrations. A definitely GOOD starting point.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eve Ladysmith on 19 Nov. 2009
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This book has been a great help in identifying the various gemstones I come across. It has excellent pictures, sorted by colour, of individual gems, and these lead you to a page which gives copious further details about each gem including the chemical composition and identifying features. There are often notes about possible synthetic reproductions, but here the fact that this book was published in 1994 is a handicap.
A table giving hardness, structure,specific gravity and refractive index will appeal to the specialist and encourage the amateur to study the subject further.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Flanagan on 20 Dec. 2005
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Like all DK books, this is beautifully illustrated and informative. It's the kind of book you'll probably find yourself dipping into now and again, rather than reading cover to cover in one go. User friendly and doesn't baffle with unnecessary science.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 58Logopädie on 9 July 2011
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I bought the book "Gemstones" by Cally Hall because I would like to improve my English vocabulary on this subject. Since I am not a native English speaker I find it a challenge to read specialised literature. I like the book for its high quality photos and its short but appropriate and informative descriptions. It is not easy to take pictures of gemstones but the ones in the book are fine and show the gems as they are and easily recognisable. The book is a good bargain and I will have a look at some other "Dorling Kndersley Handbooks"
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. K. Miles on 9 Oct. 2006
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this book is great for the beginner and those a little more expert
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Price on 8 April 2009
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This small compact book offers a good first insight to collecting gems. It clearly explains all that is required to start and gather together a selection of the worlds' gems. Very good reference book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Segurado on 15 Mar. 2011
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This book is so great in all the aspects. It is easy to reffer, nicely done, helpful information and untill today after a couple of years in gemmology i still reffer back to it. If you are starting now do not ignore this smal but important book!
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