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Gems and gemstones : timeless natural beauty of the mineral world

Author: Lance Grande; Allison Augustyn; John Weinstein
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Gems and Gemstones features nearly 300 color images of the cut gems, precious and semiprecious stones, gem-quality mineral specimens, and fine jewelry that are all part of the new Grainger Hall of Gems at The Field Museum. The book and exhibition explore the relationship between finished gems and their natural origin: while beautiful as faceted and polished pieces of jewelry, gems are often just as lovely - or even  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lance Grande; Allison Augustyn; John Weinstein
ISBN: 9780226305110 0226305112
OCLC Number: 317922657
Description: 369 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction to gems --
The formation of gems --
The classification of inorganic gems --
Inorganic gem types --
Inorganic gems not described here --
Organically dervived gems --
Organic gem types --
Precious metals (primarily gold) --
Synethetic gems, simulant gems, and augmentation --
Mining --
Ethics --
Folkore, mysticism, and magic --
Birthstones --
History of The Field Museum's Gem Halls --
Exhibition team for the Grainger Hall of Gems.
Responsibility: Lance Grande and Allison Augustyn ; with photography by John Weinstein and Lance Grande.
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Gems are objects of wealth, icons of beauty, and emblems of the very best of everything. This title provides a general introduction to gems and natural gemstones, conveying their timeless beauty and  Read more...

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"Since 1854, my family has run a small Iowa City jewelry store specializing in quality gem stones. I inherited the love for diamonds, but with my writer's salary, money's better spent on the lush Read more...

 
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