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Gems and gemstones : timeless natural beauty of the mineral world  Cover Image Book Book

Gems and gemstones : timeless natural beauty of the mineral world / Lance Grande and Allison Augustyn ; with photography by John Weinstein and Lance Grande.

Grande, Lance. (Author). Augustyn, Allison. (Added Author). Weinstein, John. (Added Author).


"Gems and Gemstones features nearly 300 color images of the cut gems, precious and semiprecious stones, gem-quality mineral specimens, and fine jewelry that are all part of the new Grainger Hall of Gems at The Field Museum. The book and exhibition explore the relationship between finished gems and their natural origin: while beautiful as faceted and polished pieces of jewelry, gems are often just as lovely - or even more so - as gemstones in their natural state. For example, an aquamarine or emerald as originally found in a mine with its natural crystal faces can be as stunning as any cut-and-polished gem prepared for a ring, bracelet, or necklace. Thoughtful of both ancient and modern times, Gems and Gemstones also includes fun-filled facts and anecdotes that broaden the historical portrait of each specimen. And for anyone who has ever marveled at the innovations of top jewelry designers, Gems and Gemstones features an array of polished stones, gold objects, and creations from around the world."--Book jacket.

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  • ISBN: 9780226305110 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0226305112
  • Physical Description: 369 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
  • Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-359) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction to gems -- The formation of gems -- The classification of inorganic gems -- Inorganic gem types -- Inorganic gems not described here -- Organically dervived gems -- Organic gem types -- Precious metals (primarily gold) -- Synethetic gems, simulant gems, and augmentation -- Mining -- Ethics -- Folkore, mysticism, and magic -- Birthstones -- History of The Field Museum's Gem Halls -- Exhibition team for the Grainger Hall of Gems.
Action Note:
cat 20090415 asg/mpl
cat 20090415 asg/mpl
Subject: Precious stones.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.

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