Synopses & Reviews
A remarkable study of the Earth's rocks, minerals, gems and fossils, this stunning volume reveals the beauty and wonder of these outstanding natural phenomena and the fascinating ways they have been prized and used.
Rocks, gems, minerals and fossils were forged by the most powerful events in our planet's past and revered for millenia as religious artifacts, becoming the focus of myth and legend. This book evokes the spectacular beauty of these wonders and their place in human history, from the Koh-l-Noor diamond to the fabled Amber Room of Catherine the Great's Palace.
Striking visual profiles present the entire range of rocks and minerals, with key information for accurate identification, and practical advice on how to cut, polish, and display objects, as well as an intriguing look at the many ways they have been used, from basic building blocks to fine decoration.
From glittering gemstones to fascinating minerals and fossils, Rock and Gem is an incredible celebration of the Earth's buried treasures. Including specially commissioned photographs of more than 450 illustrious specimens and information-rich text, this book illustrates each stone¹s unique characteristics and its relationship to humankind through the ages.
Including specially commissioned photographs of more than 450 illustrious specimens and information rich text, this book illustrates each stone's unique characteristics and its relationship to humankind through the ages.
About the Author
Author Ronald Luis Bonewitz, PhD, has been a geologist, prospector, miner, and gem cutter, in addition to working as a pilot and flying instructor. Still a collector, cutter, and dealer in gem crystals, he has written extensively on ancient history and mythology.
Consultant Margaret W. Carruthers is a science writer and editor based in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a B.S. in Natural Resources and an M.S. in Geology. Margaret is the author of seven Earth and space science books, and has edited numerous others.