Smithsonian Handbooks: Gemstones Paperback

Smithsonian Handbooks: Gemstones Paperback smithsonian-handbooks-gemstones-paperback-may-15-2002


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Designed for beginners and experienced collectors alike, these field guides make identification of individual specimens sure, simple and straightforward. Each entry has a full color illustration as well as color-coded bands that provide at-a-glance facts for quick reference. Easy to use and beautiful to look at, this series is an invaluable resource for every collector.


This is the best basic book I’ve ever observed about the subject. It’s brimming with remarkable pictures that show pretty much everything most collector’s might need to know. It begins with an amazing and succinct segment on general jewel legend, diamond properties, and pearl taking care of.
At that point it has the best shading key to diamonds that I’ve seen. This key makes it simple to discover the data about a given gemstone without utilizing the list.

On the off chance that one prefers, there is a decent index as well. After the Color Key, there are pages about particular stones with a depiction, where they are found and comments.

All standard gem properties are shown, with brilliant pictures to show the shading, shape, cleavage, utilizes, and so on. With everything taken into account, this is the prologue to gemstones to judge others by. It’s likewise very helpful for more progressed “rockhounds” as a kind of perspective and field direct. The coupling is entirely tough and ought to allow a great deal of travel. I wish this book had been accessible many years ago. It would have been appreciated even then.