Gemstones: Understanding, Identifying, Buying
|Rating||:||4.49 (832 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||176 Pages|
Keith Wallis, a qualified gemmologist, is a firm believer in demystifying the complexities of the world of gemstones.
. About the Author Keith Wallis, a qualified gemmologist, is a firm believer in demystifying the complexities of the world of gemstones
Technical terms such as refraction and fluorescence are explained and some basic identification tests are introduced. Gemstones helps to answer these questions in simple and easy to understand terms. Informative appendices include a glossary of terms, tables of specific gravity and refractive index, and the comparative value of different stones. The clear, uncomplicated presentation makes this book a must for anyone interested in gemstones, whether as an investment or simply as a hobby.. With such a wide choice - from amethyst to zircon - which should you choose? What is it worth, and how do you even know it is real? All that glitters is not gold, as they say, and all that sparkles is not diamond. As well as diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires, over 100 gems are featured, with full descriptions, technical details, and tips on how to check for fakes. -A new, updated edition of this bestselling guide to understanding, identifying and buying gemstones -Includes many new images, updated text and a new section on jewelry -A clear, uncomplicated approach to the subject, illustrated in color throughout, making the identification of gems simple Whether buying gem-set jewelry or loose stones, you will be faced with a colorful array of beauty and value. The book is illustrated throughout with fabulous color photographs to make identification easier. A helpful tour aro
great if limited James Benson I bought this book and received the volume immediately. The book is slender but has a great set of pictures of the different gems. The book is set up like a dictionary with a discussion of each major (and many minor) gem usually with a review of how to identify it and how to distinguish some of the more common fakes.My only objection is that the book wasn't long enough.I liked the book a lot and would recommend it to anyone who loves gems.. Not Worth It Rose M. Welch The book was factually incorrect in several places and outdated in several others. The photos were alright but not worth the price. Skip it.. Great detail! Lee D. If you need a book on Gemstones, this is the one. Awesome pictures and great detail on discribing the many different gems around the world. If you are a collector of gemstones, this is a MUST HAVE!"