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Gemstones (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Hall, Cally

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The clearest and cleanest-cut photographic field guide to over 130 gemstones from around the world This compact visual guide is packed with more than 800 vivid full-colour photographs of more than 130 varieties of cut and uncut stones, organic gemstones, and precious metals. With... authoritative text, clear photography, and a systematic approach, this concise guide to identification enables you to recognize each gemstone instantly. Each expertly written entry combines a precise description with annotated photographs to highlight the gemstone's chief characteristics and distinguishing features. Additional colour illustrations and photographs show uncut stones, colour variations, and a range of popular cuts, while bands on each entry provide at-a-glance facts for quick reference. Beginners to gem collecting will benefit from the detailed introduction that defines what a gemstone is, explains the physical and optical properties used to identify and classify gemstones, and shows how they have been fashioned and even imitated throughout history. To help with the initial stages of identification a colour key illustrates the variety of colours found within natural and synthetic gemstones, and a glossary explains the relevant scientific and technical terms.
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ISBN 9780241436189
Released NZ 5 Aug 2021
Publisher Dorling Kindersley Publishers
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Series DK Handbooks
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ISBN-13 9780241436189
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Dorling Kindersley Publishers
Imprint DK
Released 5 Aug 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Hall, Cally
Series DK Handbooks
Category Reference Works
Rocks, Minerals & Fossils
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 142mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 10mm
Dewey Code 553.8
Weight 311g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Precious stones, Precious stones
NBS Text Natural History: General
ONIX Text General/trade