Robyn Hawk's Reviews > Exotic Gems: v. 2: How to Identify & Buy Alexandrite, Andalusite, Chrysoberyl Cat's-Eye, Kyanite, Common Opal, Fire Opal, Dinosaur Gembone, Tsavorite, ... & Other Garnets

Exotic Gems by Renee Newman
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Mar 16, 12

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These Exotic Gems book are fast becoming my favorite series from the large library of reference and consumer books by Gemologist, Renee Newman.

Jewelry Designers are using more and more of these unusual, rare and exotic gems to set their work apart...and Jewelers are hesitant to stock them because their customer doesn't know what they are or are reticent to believe it is a natural gem.

Solution! Exotic Gems Volumes One and Two! Jewelers should not only buy a copy for the shop so their employees are informed, but should stock these in a little reference area for customers to buy! We are dealing with a customer today that is not only researching prices - but also information on the internet - why not support those efforts and offer them a small reference library to purchase?

The best thing about this series is the focus - Newman manages to include enough information and photographs from the likes of John Koivula (of the Gemological Institute of America) interspersed with fun facts, metaphysical properties, history and ancient lore and so many photos that everyone from Gemologists to Jewelry Lovers will relate, understand and treasure these books.

One really outstanding feature of these books is the Master Cuts pictorial. In Volume One Newman looked at Zultanite and in Volume Two it is a gemmy Almandine Garnet, from a piece of rough gem/mineral to the final faceted gem, in the hands of Master Gem Cutter, Clay Zava. I think that professionals and consumers alike will gain a new respect for the amount of man hours and knowledge that goes into the cutting of one faceted gem!

My favorite thing about these books is that Newman is not afraid to cover many of the opaque gems that have so long been overlooked as well as sourcing the latest, newest, and the sometimes controversial, gems in the field.

Thanks for another winner Renee!
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