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Guide to Gems


An illustrated guide to the identification, properties and uses of gemstones. This book is a 5" x 7 3/4" paperback with 224 pages. Loaded with photos and page-by-page descriptions for major and minor gems.

Guide to GemsTable of Contents

Foreword4
Introduction
Gem formation6
Mining10
Crystal Structure12
Optical properties16
Physical properties20
Fashioning and cutting24
Imitation and synthetic stones28
Enhancement31
History of gems32
Famous diamonds34
Gemlore36
Birthstones37
Color key38
Classification45
GEMS46
Maps of gem locations211
Glossary220
Useful addresses and acknowledgments221
Index222