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Gems of the World

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"A wonderful reference guide to the field of gemology.... Comprehensive [and] lavishly illustrated." -- Booklist

This is a practical, comprehensive guide to the identification and use of precious and semiprecious gems, novelty stones, agates and crystals. Presenting information on the gemstone industry, with an extensive section on ethical mining, conflict diamonds and the
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Firefly Books (first published February 15th 2008)
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J. Guyer
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent beginner book! It was filled with a lot of new vocabulary for me but did great teaching me what it all meant without feeling overwhelmed and it inspired me to learn more about gems which was not a big interest before reading this book.
Marie
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: geology, photography
A good overview of gemstones, from their historical significance to mining procedures to acquisition and cutting. While it does go into some scientific detail regarding the geology of gemstones, the reader won't need much of a scientific background to understand it. The book is filled with incredible pictures, and it's completely understandable if you want to check it out just to ooh and aah over all the pretty shiny things.
Lisa
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll probably buy this one day. Good color and simple overviews of every gem I could imagine.
Melanie
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fic-shiny
Informative text and vivid images make this one the perfect storm.
Nader
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rich of illustrated guide to identification, properties and use of gemstones
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