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Gemstones of the World by Walter Schumann. All the gemstones are treated in their many variations: more than 1, full-color photos showcase each precious and semiprecious stone in both its rough, natural, and its polished and cut renditions. There are even full treatments of lesser-known gems, from andalusite to vesuvian, and a special section is devoted to rocks as precious stones, including alabaster, onyx, obsidian, and fossils.
Organic gem materials are also covered, such as coral, ivory, amber, and pearl. Charts and tables help collectors identify unknown gemstones and check for genuineness. Get A Copy. Hardcover , Expanded Third Edition , pages. Published January 1st by Sterling first published November 1st More Details Original Title.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Gemstones of the World. As the author warns us, the text is small and in some cases abbreviated and condensed. One interesting note about the photos is that often average specimens, rather than be-all, end-all quality gems are depicted.
No space is wasted; even the inside covers show different gemstone cuts and a world map of gemstones respectively. Yet because of clever use of headers, shaded sections, illustrations, and white space, the text never seems cramped.
The book begins with descriptions of gemstone identification properties. Later, these concepts are referenced and quantified in specific descriptions for each gemstone. Short, useful sections on mining, polishing, and faceting follow. Physical and chemical properties of each gem or gem group is identified in a header on the top of the left page, followed by notes of interest and specific varieties. On the right page are the photos of the gems described on the left.
It is easy to see which gemstones are most closely related chemically and it is particularly interesting to see the large number and variety of colors and forms that quartz silicon dioxide exhibits in different gemstones.
The volume is well-referenced, in that if another gem or mineral is referenced the author includes a page number for ease of comparison. This formatting continues throughout the next section, the lesser-known gemstones which are becoming more popular, such as fluorite, apatite, and chrysocolla. The section called Gemstones for Collectors contains quite a few pages of gemstones that are either too soft, too brittle, endangered, or too rare to be of interest to anyone other than collectors.
This section is not very well edited and appears to be a listing of such stones in no particular order. I would like to know, for example, which stones are too soft or brittle, and which are rare or endangered. Chemical information is not always consistent either. Quite a large section on cultured pearls is included. Next is a section about the art and craft of imitation and synthetic gemstones, followed by a section on heating, irradiating, coloring, and otherwise enhancing gemstones—including what must be disclosed to the buyer, legally speaking.
The book concludes with charts of traditional astrological stones, the more recent birthstone-by-month designations, and some remarks on medicinal uses of stones clearly not recommended by the author, but added for the curious. The book ends with a chart of gemstone listings by color. Anyone who is interested in gemstones, for whatever reason, will enjoy this book.
Whether the reader wants to look at the chemistry behind the stones, find out where various gemstones come from, learn about diamonds, rubies, emeralds, jaspers, or other specific stones, or simply look at pretty photographs, this is the book to use. Oct 26, BookLever rated it it was amazing Shelves: my-library. Not a "reading" book but a must have for anyone interested in geology or jewelry. My go to guide for stones.
With amazing info from why the name and where they are found naturally to Mohs' scale and cleavages there is something for everyone, from shiny new beginner to seasoned collector. Jan 31, Muhammd Sabir rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Very good book. View 1 comment. Pretty photographs and a great reference book. I often refer to it to check gem colours or particularities.
Jul 21, Victor Ocampo rated it it was amazing. This review is for the 5th edition. Gemstones of the World is the most complete and comprehensive guide to the world of gemstones. It includes a handy identifier for collectors and mineralogical stats for gemologists and jewellers that covers over 2, species of rocks, minerals and organics. I had little money and could only afford two books. I This review is for the 5th edition.
Both have remained among my most favourite books. Dec 05, Creepyquills rated it it was amazing. Great book! A great reference book to gemstones that details everything from origins to cutting. Also gives some interesting history, has great pictures, and a map of where to find them. And considering its not a HUGE reference book I think somebody studying in this field could definitely carry this around with them!
Mar 18, Karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: gemology. View 2 comments. Gemstones of the World Hardcover. This is an excellent beginner's reference for gemstones, with introductory chapters on diamond grading, history of diamond faceting styles, mining, terminology, gemstone properties and more. Oct 02, Sara rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , jewelry-making-craft. The best little gemstone book to have on hand. Jan 04, Babak Jalilian rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-for An amazing resource for both beginners and experienced gemologists!
Great quality of photos and pretty detailed but not overly complicated! Feb 27, Bryan rated it it was amazing Shelves: all-time-favs. Sep 28, Gen rated it liked it. It's a reference book. Good book but only for beginners who are looking to gain an insight into the world of Gemstones.
Excellent reference. Inherited this book from my dad. I find it fascinating. I looove seeing the illustrations of gemstones. May 16, Kay rated it it was amazing. Jul 05, Ikhsan Saputra added it.
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