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Smithsonian Handbooks: Gemstones

Smithsonian Handbooks: Gemstones

by Cally Hall

Only $20.00
A great book for reading or reference, this handy (6.0" x 8.5") handbook presents interesting facts and full-color photos for hundreds of different gemstones. Contains 160 pages with a glossary, gemstone properties chart and index. High School and up.

Smithsonian Handbooks: Gemstones
Table of Contents

Introduction
6
    Author's Introduction
6
    How this Book Works
9
    What are Gemstones
10
    How Gemstones are Formed
12
    Where Gemstones are Found
14
    Physical Properties
16
    Crystal Shapes
18
    Optical Properties
20
    Natural Inclusions
24
    Faceting
26
    Polishing, Carving, and Engraving
28
    Gems Through the Ages
30
    History and Folklore
32
    Synthetic Gemstones
34
    Imitation and Enhancement
36
    Color Key
38
Precious Metals
48
Cut Stones
54
Organics
138
Table of Properties
150
Glossary
156
Index
158
Useful Addresses
160
Acknowledgements
160