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Gemstones of the World Hardcover – 15 Jun 2007

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Rev Ed edition (15 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402740166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402740169
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,251,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book many years ago and have used it so often it is untrue. The lay out is easy to understand and the stones are grouped logically, with everything from crystal formation to MOH hardness to chemical formula. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in gemmology, as it contains the detailed information for professionals, as well as plenty of information for the enthusiastic amateur. In short it's a comprehensive reference book that I keep turning to again and again, and though I have other gem books, this one is all you need. If you're going to buy a gem reference book, buy this one.
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Format: Hardcover
This Book is the ultimate book for collectors.
It describes the Origin and Structure of Gemstones.
A fare index of the worlds gemstones. Full page pictures of gemstones almost on every secound page. It shows the color range of each stone, I personally find this book perfect. Other books have one picture the most know color and only write about the other colors. I would recomend this book to anyone and already have ! And not to mention the low price for this fine book !
Gemology is a wonder of nature !
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This book is an ideal reference guide for anybody with a passing interest in gemstones, a more serious hobbyist, or even a professional jeweller. Originally published in 1977, then re-printed a few times since then. I had an original copy for many years which I eventually lent to a friend and never got back, so ended up buying a used copy to replace it. There are also new revised editions with some extra content available, which you might possibly prefer instead of this edition - but this still meets most needs.

Initial chapters briefly explain some of the industrial and chemical nature of gemstones, their extraction, cutting, polishing, measuring hardness and purity, attempts to develop man-made artificial gemstones, etc.

The bulk of the book is devoted to colour photographs with descriptions of the more well-known gemstones of the world, plus some of the rarer and lesser-known types. There is an ample index. So if you wish to see the appearance of e.g. an "antique cut", you can; or you can compare and see the differences between rhodocrosite and rhodonite; or look up tables containing transparency, or refractive index. I've not counted them myself, but the book's cover claims there are 1,500 stones illustrated and described - which seems very perfectly likely. Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
An extraordinary book !
A book full of color photographs. The text and photos enormously helpful in the classification of gems. Very useful for the beginner to the professional. Worth several times the value that cost. Highly recommended.
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Björn Hemmingsson, Sweden
This is a brilliant book about Gemstones!
Its a must have!
I have two!
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Format: Hardcover
As with the companion book , "Minerals of the World" , this book is superb . It is fully illustrated with splendid photographs of the various types of mineral . The front section of the book has a fairly comprehensive and explicit treatise on the technical and scientific aspects to minerals . Thus , the book can be a companion to the professional , or to the collector , or to the amateur mineralogist . The quality of presentation is superb and I highly recommend this book . The price of the publication is misleadingly low .
K. A. Whittington FICE , FGS .
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This book is one of the most excellent texts dealing with this subject , that I have read and I have read many . The introductory section which discusses the various properties is an excellent and understandable lead into the book . The remaining section of the book which describes an enormous collection of gems in all their forms is outstanding . The many coloured photographs keep the reader interested from front to back of the book .
I highly recommend this book to all interested in mineralogy , or gemology , or just from a hobbyists point of view .
Outstanding .

K. A. Whittington FICE , FGS .
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