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Product Details

  • Paperback: 407 pages
  • Publisher: Jewelers Press; Revised edition (April 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964355043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964355040
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Jewelers Press is proud to announce that Gems in Myth, Legend, and Lore by Bruce Knuth was selected as one of three national finalists for the 2000 Benjamin Franklin Award for the New Age (metaphysical, spiritual) category. The Benjamin Franklin Awards are sponsored by the Publisher's Marketing Association, and celebrate excellence in editorial and design content for titles published in 1999. Judges for the Benjamin Franklin Awards come from all areas of the industry: major newspaper and trade media reviewers, bookstore and library buyers and reviewers, non-competing publishers, artists and writers who serve the industry.

Gems in Myth, Legend, and Lore focuses on those gems prized for thousands of years, not only for their beauty and rarity, but their supposed mystic and magical qualities. This book, in the tradition of ancient lapidaries, traces the use of gems in religion, medicine, magic, and astrology. As judges of the Benjamin Franklin Awards wrote about Gems in Myth, Legend, and Lore:

"It is a beautiful book, very well done . . . The information is very informative, easy to read." "Very well done the pictures are great along with the folklore! A good addition for any library."

Awards were presented on Thursday, June 1st at the Chicago Marriott Downtown at which time winners were recognized for setting the standards and the pace for the publishing industry. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jeweler, gemologist, and educator Bruce G. Knuth holds a B.S. degree in fine arts and an M.A. in jewelry and metals from Western Michigan University. He has also studied at the University of Kansas, Colorado State University, The Gemological Institute of America and Colorado Mountain College. He is retired as a fine arts specialist and instructor from Adams School District 12 in Thornton, Colorado. Knuth now resides in Parachute, Colorado where he continues work as a custom jeweler and author. His Jeweler s Resource, first published in 1994 and now available in a revised edition, has become a standard reference for jewelers and jewelry students.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eve Curtis on September 16, 2006
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Written by a gemologist/jeweler, Gems in Myth, Magic and Lore, combines minerological information with a comprehensive review of gemstone lore. Knuth begins the book with a succinct, but comprehensive, review of the history of gemstone lore as it coincides with the rise of gemology as a field of scientific study.

The second part of the book details 46 of the most common gemstones. Each gemstone entry includes a large photograph of the stone, minerological information and the gemstone lore. The lore is presented very respectfully with an acknowledgment that we do not know everything and that there are factual bases to many of these beliefs. As a bonus, there are numerous, well referenced footnotes for each of the stones.

In the third part of the book, he includes information that I have not found elsewhere such mythological gems and gems in literature. There is even a compete copy of a famous Lapidarium writen in the Middle Ages. This section also has some very useful and well done charts detailing things like birthstones through the ages and the significance of gemstone shape.

In my work as a jewelry designer, many of my customers ask my advice about which stones they should use for different forms of protection or as an aid to achieve their goals. In order to help them, I began researching gemstone history and lore. I have now read about 15 books on the subject and I have found that many of them offer contradictory explanations and/or information that is too general or too vague to be of much use. For my purposes, Knuth's book has been the most helpful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Claire Toney on August 11, 2006
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This book was worth every penny. It discussed myths and legends throughout history associated with a great variety of precious and semi-precious gemstones from different cultures. Very easy and interesting to read. The pictures were not as clear as I expected from a library bound book, but it doesn't really distract from the quality of information. The best book that I have found so far on the subject of gemstone lore. If you are gemologist, this is worth including in your library, as it is a welcome deviation from the science that most gemstone books cover.
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Now in a new revised and reformatted edition, Gems in Myth, Legend, and Lore is an in-depth examination of the supposed mystic and magical qualities humanity has attributed to forty-six different gems throughout history. Written by jeweler, gemologist and educator Bruce G. Knuth, Gems in Myth, Legend, and Lore covers writings on gems throughout history, birthstones, literature concerning gems, the entire translated text of Marbode's eleventh century gem treatise, and much more. A cross-culture treasury of legends, and a first-rate addition to mythology and folklore reference shelves.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Good on August 15, 2000
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Fantastic book. Full of gemstone lore that will dazzle, and impress. Great selling tool for anyone in the jewelry or gem trade.
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