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A good book for the beginner-intermediate enthusiast.
on 2 December 2017
I got this book as I've rekindled my interest in collecting gemstones of various types and was looking for a guide to help me on the way.
The book is beautifully laid out with great colour images of each type of gemstone, facts on where the gemstones are found, historical bits about the stones, hardness of stones and so much more.
It also discusses how gemstones are formed and the different processes involved in taking them from their raw form to be a beautiful stone in a piece of jewellery. Overall it's a very informative and useful book.
The reason I don't rate it five stars is that it doesn't include some modern day gemstones that have now been discovered. So do check the publishing date if buying this. I had bought some black spinel and it's not included at all in this book despite being a new, popular gemstone.
Also, the gemstones are not put in alphabetical order in the book. There is an index which is, but it would make more sense to have the whole book alphabetical in my opinion.
A good book for the beginner-medium level gemstone enthusiast or collector. Not deep enough for the more serious enthusiast.