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The Curious Lore of Precious Stones Paperback – June 1, 1971

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ISBN-13: 978-0486222271 ISBN-10: 0486222276 Edition: New edition

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (June 1, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486222276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486222271
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Gael Sylvia Costigan jlf@maptel.es on May 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
Geoge Frederick Kunz's contribution as a gemmologisy at the beginning of the century earned him universal fame and respect, even to the point that one the most popular stones in modern energy work is named after him: Kunzite. Dover has published a reprint of his 1913 monument to the "hidden" side of gems: The Curious Lore of Precious Stones. This 400 page volume contains a wealth of material based on medieval lapidary tomes, history, folklore,the Bible, the Eddas, archeological findings, and oral traditions still alive at the time of Kunz's writing. The casual or serious reader cannot help but be impressed by the depth of understanding Kunz deplayed in page after page of riches associated with all aspects of gems and their uses. Thank you, Dover, for allowing us access to this remarkable book.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Cita on March 30, 2002
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I bought this book because I enjoy buying gemstones and rocks and just for fun I wanted to know more about the traditional properties that were associated with them. This book written in 1912 and was last reprinted in 1971. Author, George Frederick Kunz, was no doubt the leading expert of his time. The book is full of all kinds of information, from every religion and culture, and was very well researched. He quotes literature from ancient times through what was known up to his time. His writing style is also consistent with his times, so modern readers may find it a little stiff. There are newer lapidaries available...this is a good and entertaining reference.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Arwen VINE VOICE on June 15, 2001
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I keep going back to this to research this stone or that one. Mr. Kunz is a bit on the dry side, but his information is superlative. Many of the pagan books of today don't give enough resources... Mr. Kunz does. I realize he is not a pagan author, but this is a useful resource for pagans interested in stone work. Here is where Scott Cunningham got much of his lore!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eve Curtis on September 16, 2006
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I bought this book because Kunz's work has been the basis for much of what we know about ancient gemstone lore. Kunz's lifelong passion for rocks and gemstones began in childhood and as a gemologist and geologist, he was able to collect and organize vast amounts of gemstone lore. He was also a collector of stones, amulets and magical charms, many of which were donated to the American Museum of Natural History. His enthusiasm for the subject is evident and even though this book is nearly 100 years old, I found it surprisingly easy to read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Pearson VINE VOICE on October 5, 2006
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This book ought to be required reading for all studying the occult aspects of gemstones, and even those that are interested in crystal healing. The material presented in this book is very informative, albeit outdated in some respects. Nonetheless, it is necessary to learn what the formative principles are in this field of study, and this book is an excellent look into the earlier work published solely on the topic of gemstones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristopher Reisz on April 22, 2014
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I bought a second-hand copy of this as a lark, and was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Kunz is a pretty fascinating man in his own right, a self-taught gemologist who would up a vice president of Tiffany's. His love of gems and their history is evident in just about every entry in this book.

This book is mainly about folklore and folk-beliefs surrounding various gems. Kunz occasionally focuses on a particular gem or piece of jewelry. The whole book is full of interesting anecdotes and stray bits of history. Even though I bought it mainly as a reference book, I ended up reading it almost cover to cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Prettysmartideas on January 22, 2014
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This is an old book. It was old when I first read it. It is older now. I got it because I collect old books about stone lore. If you are looking for a modern book where you look up, say, Lapis, and it tells you the properties, leave this one alone.
It is more for people who want to know some of the historical background of stones.
Still and all, it was the first book about stones that I ever got my hands on, and it does give a lot of interesting information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Ann Saporito-Murdock on May 7, 2014
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I love studying about gemstones and the meaning behind them , I'm very happy with this book, its the best one I've found
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