Simon & Schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious Stones
|Rating||:||4.12 (810 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||384 Pages|
"A standard for gemologists!" according to WanderWonder Gems (firstname.lastname@example.org). This is an excellent gem book. It has gorgeous color pictures on every page. Very informative and easy to understand! I give it a four instead of five only because it doesn't cover many of the rarer gems. However, I do recommend it to beginners and hobbyists!. Interesting but lacking variety Went to a gem show and saw that many folks had this book. Made a mistake and bought it here. I had a MUCH MUCH better book titled Gemstones by Cally Hall. The Simon and Schuster book has fascinating sections on how artificial gems are made and such like info (Doesn't include Moissanite.). However, it does not have any info on many many gemstones readily available today, such as Sphene, Sunstone (state gem of Oregon I'm told)and many others. (You can find these in the Simon and Schuster Rocks a. Linda D'Angelo said Five Stars. I'm having fun referring to the book over and over. Very informative!
Language Notes Text: English, Italian (translation)
Additional sections describe the process of cutting gemstones and the techniques professional gemologists use to evaluate a stone's weight and optical properties. Simon & Schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious Stones provides both the connoisseur and the casual collector with a compact, easy-to-use volume describing more than 100 rare varieties of minerals whose beauty and mystery have possessed our imaginations from time immemorial. More than 450 brilliant photographs accompany profiles of each gem, covering such aspects as appearance, physical properties -- density, hardness, refraction -- occurrence, and how to judge quality and value. Detailed and comprehensive, this book is essential for anyone interested in the study of gems and precious stones.