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The National Gem Collection

Author: Jeffrey Edward Post; Chip Clark; National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution ; New York : in association with Harry N. Abrams, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The National Gem Collection" offers a complete overview of the world of gems, focusing on the more than 10,000 superlative gemstones and jewelry pieces in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Includes appendices & a glossary of gem-cutting terms.
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Genre/Form: Catalogs
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.).
National Gem Collection.
[Washington, D.C.] : National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution ; New York : In Association with Harry N. Abrams, 1997
(OCoLC)605139315
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Edward Post; Chip Clark; National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
ISBN: 0810936909 9780810936904 0810927586 9780810927582
OCLC Number: 36417882
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 x 27 cm
Contents: Introduction. Gems and minerals ; Gem cutting ; The measurement of gems ; The colors of gems ; The National Gem Collection --
Historical jewels in the collection. The Hope diamond ; The Napoleon diamond necklace ; The Marie-Louise Diadem ; The Marie-Antoinette earrings ; The Spanish inquisition necklace ; The Portuguese diamond ; The Hooker emerald --
Diamond, corundum, and beryl. Diamond ; Corundum : ruby and sapphire ; Beryl : emerald, aquamarine, heliodore, and morganite --
Other important gems. Quartz : amethyst, smoky quartz, rock crystal, citrine, rose quartz, chalcedony, agate, and jasper ; Topaz ; Garnet ; Tourmaline ; Peridot ; Zircon ; Spinel ; Chrysoberyl ; Spodumene ; Tanzanite --
Gems with special optical properties. Feldspar gems : moonstone, sunstone, and labradorite ; Opal ; Stars and cat's eyes --
Ornamental stones. Jade ; Lapis lazuli ; Turquoise ; Malachite --
Appendixes. Rare and unusual gems ; Birthstones ; Glossary of gem-cutting terms ; Hardness values for important gem minerals ; Diamond grading ; Some important gems in the National Gem Collection.
Responsibility: Jeffrey E. Post ; with photographs by Chip Clark.

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"The National Gem Collection" offers a complete overview of the world of gems, focusing on the more than 10,000 superlative gemstones and jewelry pieces in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Includes appendices & a glossary of gem-cutting terms.

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