Secrets Of The Gem Trade

Author: Richard Wise
Publisher: Brunswick House, Csi
ISBN: 9780972822329
Size: 13.24 MB
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Completely revised and expanded with 10 new chapters: Jade / Demantoid Garnet / Natural Nacreous Pearls / Conch Pearls / Sunstone / Moonstone / Peridot / Cobalt Blue Spinel / Red -Pink Spinel / Golconda (Type IIa) Diamonds. Five new introductory essay: Blue-white diamonds / Jadeite / Natural Pearls / Spinel / Feldspars. Plus 165 color photographs (50 additional) which include exclusive images from major museum collections and the latest auction market icons. The definitive book for anyone wanting to learn how the best gemologists in the world evaluate precious gems, and what makes one stone merely a good stone versus a truly fabulous museum quality gem. The author, Richard Wise, is one of the world's foremost gemologists.

Secrets Of The Gem Trade

Author: Richard W. Wise
ISBN: 9780972822381
Size: 45.71 MB
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This is the first comprehensive gemstone grading manual. The book divides into two parts. Section I describes the criteria used to quality grade faceted gems, cabochons, pearls, opals, star stones and Catseyes. Section II applies the grading criteria to 35 of today's most important gemstones. The book covers diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, tourmaline, garnet, pearl, agate and opal. The book includes 1st person travelogues from Mr. Wise's trips to the major gem bearing areas of the world, including Africa, Asia, Australia and South America.

Simon Schuster S Guide To Gems And Precious Stones

Author: Kennie Lyman
Publisher: Touchstone
ISBN: 9780671604301
Size: 36.19 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Simon & Schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious Stones provides both the connoisseur and the casual collector with a compact, easy-to-use volume describing more than 100 rare varieties of minerals whose beauty and mystery have possessed our imaginations from time immemorial. More than 450 brilliant photographs accompany profiles of each gem, covering such aspects as appearance, physical properties -- density, hardness, refraction -- occurrence, and how to judge quality and value. Additional sections describe the process of cutting gemstones and the techniques professional gemologists use to evaluate a stone's weight and optical properties. Detailed and comprehensive, this book is essential for anyone interested in the study of gems and precious stones.


Author: DK
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1465462120
Size: 19.65 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
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Gem is a dazzling visual guide to precious stones, organic gems, and precious metals that weaves together beautiful, specially commissioned images and science, natural history, mythology, and true stories of adventure and discovery. From diamonds to sapphires to limestone, this comprehensive guide profiles all the key gemstones and other precious materials, and stunning images show the jewels in their different cuts, colors, and uses. The stories, myths, and legends that surround the most celebrated gems and jewel-laden artifacts from around the world are revealed, from their journeys in the company of royalty, film stars, and thieves to the curse of the Hope Diamond. Additionally, a reference section at the end of the book highlights a variety of other rocks and non-precious stones. Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution, Gem combines stunning photographs with expert knowledge, making it perfect for gift giving.

Ruby And Sapphire

Author: Richard W. Hughes
ISBN: 9780964509719
Size: 25.26 MB
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From the dawn of time, ruby and sapphire have both attracted and fascinated humans in ways that few other items could.While objects of desire are found throughout the natural world, physical beauty is too often ephemeral. From the allure of a man, woman, flower or butterfly, through the fleeting moments of a sunset, there is little that lasts and practically nothing that can be passed down to our descendants. The exception is precious stones. Not only are they the most durable creations of mother nature, but their visual splendor is truly eternal.In this companion to his 2013 book, Ruby & Sapphire--A Collector's Guide, Richard Hughes examines these gems from the gemological standpoint, delving into these gems not just from the aesthetic, but also from the scientific point of view.The product of nearly 40 years of firsthand experience, it covers every aspect of the subject from A-Z. History, sources, prices, quality analysis, synthetics and treatments, everything is here. Ruby & Sapphire--A Gemologist's Guide represents the most comprehensive book ever written on a single precious stone. With over 1000 photos, maps and illustrations and 3500 references, it is nothing less than a tour-de-force of gemological scholarship.

Gemstones Of The World

Author: Walter Schumann
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402768293
Size: 17.63 MB
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Provides detailed information regarding the physical characteristics and unique traits of more than 1,800 precious and semiprecious stones, as well as discussing gemstone structure, production, name origin, and symbolism.


Author: Eduard Josef Gübelin
Publisher: Gem Guides Book Company
ISBN: 9780945005360
Size: 58.14 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Over 500 jewelry, artworks, gemstones, museum pieces showcased! From agates and beryl to tourmaline and zircon. Ideal reference book and an exciting read on gemstones. Contains sections on collecting, cutting, polishing, famous jewels, zodiac gemstones, and the magic and medicinal properties of gemstones. Written by a renowned gemologist.


Author: Brahm Janse
ISBN: 9780983632351
Size: 18.76 MB
Format: PDF
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Diamond is associated with ideals of purity, love, nobility, and wealth and with curses, corruption, and poverty. Its unique properties are studied by physicists and geologists, while its value, brilliance, and cultural importance make it a target of historians, investors, lovers, and thieves. Simple, iconic, and beautiful, diamond is the ultimate gemstone.


Author: Aja Raden
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062334719
Size: 42.54 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
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As entertaining as it is incisive, Stoned is a raucous journey through the history of human desire for what is rare, and therefore precious. What makes a stone a jewel? What makes a jewel priceless? And why do we covet beautiful things? In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history, jeweler and scientist Aja Raden tells an original and often startling story about our unshakeable addiction to beauty and the darker side of human desire. What moves the world is what moves each of us: desire. Jewelry—which has long served as a stand-in for wealth and power, glamor and success—has birthed cultural movements, launched political dynasties, and started wars. Masterfully weaving together pop science and history, Stoned breaks history into three categories—Want, Take, and Have—and explains what the diamond on your finger has to do with the GI Bill, why green-tinted jewelry has been exalted by so many cultures, why the glass beads that bought Manhattan for the Dutch were initially considered a fair trade, and how the French Revolution started over a coveted necklace. Studded with lively personalities and fascinating details, Stoned tells the remarkable story of our abiding desire for the rare and extraordinary.