Color Encyclopedia of Gemstones
|Rating||:||4.77 (986 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||248 Pages|
This book should be of interest to gemologists; gem collectors; jewellers; gem cutters; gem dealers; anyone interested in gemstones.
Five Stars Theresa Integlia Book was in great condition, very happy with it, as described.. Absolutely essential for gemology at all levels While there are dozens of excellent books out there on the subject of gemology, there are really only a couple that I would consider to be required reading. The Color Encyclopedia of Gemstones is one of them. Even though the book has been out of print for awhile, it still manages to provide more information n one volume than just about every other book out there.With clear and concise entries of just about every gemstone available to the collector, as well as color photos of each gem described, this book contains pretty much all the information you would need to identify your gemston. Ray Barnes said although the rest are very fine, this is still the best. It is a real shame that this book is presently out-of-print, I borrowed it from the local library some 5 years ago, and to this date have yet to see anything better in this genre. The technical data about precious stones - such as dispersion, types of refraction, specific gravity, types of cutting, and so on - are well covered, with specific commentaries on individual stones presented in encyclopaedic format. It's very useful not only for specific reference but just for general browsing. What sets this book apart, on the other hand, is the quality and quantity of the gem photography.