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Smithsonian Handbooks: Gemstones

Smithsonian Handbooks: Gemstones


A great book for reading or reference, this handy (6.0" x 8.5") handbook presents interesting facts and full-color photos for hundreds of different gemstones. Contains 160 pages with a glossary, gemstone properties chart and index. High School and up.

Smithsonian Handbooks: GemstonesTable of Contents

Introduction6
Author's Introduction6
How this Book Works9
What are Gemstones10
How Gemstones are Formed12
Where Gemstones are Found14
Physical Properties16
Crystal Shapes18
Optical Properties20
Natural Inclusions24
Faceting26
Polishing, Carving, and Engraving28
Gems Through the Ages30
History and Folklore32
Synthetic Gemstones34
Imitation and Enhancement36
Color Key38
Precious Metals48
Cut Stones54
Organics138
Table of Properties150
Glossary156
Index158
Useful Addresses160
Acknowledgements160