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Breathtaking color photographs, especially commissioned and in a fresh new layout that's completely revised from earlier editions, capture the glistening beauty of gemstones from around the world--stones used for jewelry and magical rites as far back as 20,000 years ago. This feast for the eyes shows uncut stones and gems in their natural state, details how they are formed and mined, and also includes such exquisite jewel-adorned creations as a Spanish Renaissance pendant with Columbian emeralds, the Black Prince's ruby set in the British Imperial State Crown; a Mayan jadeite mask, and the Koh-i-Noor diamond. For a full understanding of their fascination, look beyond their visible magnificence to the gems' structure and physical attributes. Besides the most popular gemstones, you'll find fascinating descriptions of common imitations and synthetics--and advice on distinguishing the real from the fake.
Note: This book is published in cooperation with the prestigious The Natural History Museum.
Breathtaking color photographs capture the glistening beauty of gemstones from around the world—stones used for jewelry and magical rites as much as 20,000 years ago. View uncut stones and gems in their natural state and learn how theyre formed and mined. Admire the most popular gemstones and find fascinating descriptions of common imitations and synthetics as well as advice on distinguishing the real from the fake.
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