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Gems and Gemstones: Timeless Natural Beauty of the Mineral World Hardcover – November 15, 2009
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About the Author
Lance Grande is senior vice president and head of collections and research at The Field Museum. He is a curator in the geology department and a general content specialist for The Field’s new Grainger Hall of Gems exhibit. He is also a member of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago and is an adjunct professor of biology at the University of Illinois. Allison Augustyn, a funding specialist at The Field Museum, was previously an exhibition developer there, where she prepared such exhibits as The Ancient Americas, George Washington Carver, and The Grainger Hall of Gems.
Top Customer Reviews
My only gripe (not important enough to detract from my rating)is that materials from the Grainger Hall of Gems collection that were too soft for practical use were omitted with exceptions for commonly used organic materials, e.g. pearls, amber, ivory. This was somewhat frustrating, and I'm sure they would have used beautiful images to represent them. A condensed "too soft for jewelry" chapter would have been nice., the chapter on metals, aptly titled "Precious Metals (Primarily Gold)" only deals with gold; I expected at least silver to get an equal treatment. Of course, this book is plenty satisfying already, and a great buy for the price
There are photos of both the original minerals and jewelry made from the resulting gems.
This is one of the best books I have ever encountered on the subject, very thoughtfully organized and entertaining as well. Highly recommended !
This book is worth the money just for the pictures alone, and I did learn a few new things from the text as well. I will be leafing through this book many times for certain.
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Yes we like it and carry it with us to help identify stones.Published 21 months ago by Patsy McCleary
Bought this book for a reference book, as most books focus only on the healing properties of crystals. Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by LH
Great book for facts about gems. Great pictures also. *****
I will always keep this book for referance. Great buy!!!!
I gave this book to my daughter for Christmas. It's a beautiful book with excellent color reproductions and photography. she was thrilled.Published on January 21, 2013 by R. Richardson
This book was purchased for my neighbor who is 90 years old and the print was a light blue and way too small for him to be able to read, so it was returned. Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by Amazon Customer