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Gemstones: Symbols of Beauty and Power

Gemstones: Symbols of Beauty and Power

by Eduard Gubelin and Franz-Xaver Erni

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This book, Gemstones: Symbols of Beauty and Power, could serve as a textbook for learning about gemstone geology, properties, manufacture, uses and characteristics. It has a section on almost every important gemstone variety, investigating their history, beauty and current uses. A large-format book loaded with photos, diagrams, charts and more.

Gemstones: Symbols of Beauty and Power
Table of Contents

    Flowers of the mineral kingdom
7
Gemstones: their characteristics and their origin
8
    The exquisite rarity
8
    The causes of color variety
16
    A commitment to eternity
20
Gemstones: their extraction and processing
24
    The extraction of gemstones
24
    The cutting of diamonds
32
    The cutting of color gemstones
34
    Polishing agate
36
    Glyptography
37
Portraits of the gemstones
40
    The beauty of color gems
42
    The beauty of the phenomenon gems
44
    Diamond: king of gemstones
46
    Corundum: the colorful palette
56
    Ruby: divine crystal spark
60
    Sapphire: symbol of the firmament
66
    Beryl: the palette of pastel colors
72
    Emerald: glittering like leaves in May
76
    Chrysoberyls: an exquisite trio
82
    Feldspars: a major company
86
    Garnets: a courtly household of noble vassals
90
    Opal: hummingbird and firebird
94
    Peridot: green-golden ray of sunshine
100
    Quartz: bustling globetrotter
104
    Spinel: the corundum's disguised twin
108
    Spodumene: phoenix from the ashes
112
    Tanzanite: blue patrician from black Africa
114
    Topaz: chalice of golden crystal
118
    Tourmaline: alpha and omega
122
    Zircon: dizzying quick-change artist
126
Portraits of ornamental gems
130
    The beauty of ornamental gems
132
    Agate: fire and flames
134
    Charoite: reed pipes from the Russian karst
136
    Jade: metaphor for luck
138
    Lapis lazuli: incarnation of the starry firmament
142
    Malachite: master of the green shades
144
    Rhodochrosite and rhodonite
146
    Sugilite: budding mallow spur
148
    Turquoise: morning fresh bloom of heaven
150
Gemstones: symbols of authority and power
152
    Exquisite treasures
174
    Noble gems for the word of god
180
    Votive and consecration crowns
188
Beauty, magic, and medicine
194
    Famous jewels and their histories
194
    Of seals, amulets, and talismans
202
    Stones of the month - birthstones
208
    Gemstone medicine
214
The fascination of internal life
218
A passion for collecting
222
Natural or not? Synthetics, composites, imitations
226
  Glossary
230
  Bibliography
233
  Picture credits
234
  Index
240