Rubies and Sapphires by Fred Ward. Fourth edition. From the Fred Ward Gem Book Series.
Rubies and sapphires are the two gem varieties of the mineral corundum. These precious stones are among the most valuable and desirable gems on the market. They are cut into beautiful faceted stones and wonderful cabochons that display a variety of opical phenomenon. Fred Ward tells you the history of these gemstones, how they are mined, how they are evaluated and how they are cut. Included is a description and history of lab-grown stones and simulants. He also gives great advice on how to buy them and how to properly care for them. Loaded with fantastic photos. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 65 pages.