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Gems of the World

Gems of the World

by Cally Oldershaw

Only $24.95
An introduction to gemstones. Includes information about how they are mined, cut, and prepared for sale. How to buy and identify them. Hundreds of photos and illustrations give you a detailed description for major and minor gem varieties. This book is a 7 1/2" x 9 5/8" paperback with 256 pages.

Gems of the World
Table of Contents

Foreword
4
INTRODUCTION
    Gem Formation
6
    Mining
10
    The Diamond Industry
14
    Diamond Cutting and Trading Centers
20
    Conflict Diamonds - Ethical Sourcing
22
    Crystal Structure
24
    Optical Properties
28
    Physical Properties
32
    Fashioning and Cutting
36
    Gemstone Cuts for Diamonds
42
    Buying a Diamond
46
    Buying Colored Gemstones
50
    Imitation and Synthetic Gemstones
58
    Gemstone Enhancement
61
    History of Gems
64
    Famous Diamonds
66
    Caring for Gemstones and Jewelry
68
Color Key
70
Classification
77
GEMS
78
Important Gem Locations of the World
243
Glossary
252
Index
253
Useful Addresses and Acknowledgements
256