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Gemstones of the world / Walter Schumann.

Schumann, Walter. (Author). Shea, Daniel. (Added Author). Shea, Nicole, 1976- (Added Author).


"Would you know the difference between prehnite, variscite, and jade? Or a diamond and a cubic zirconia? Could you identify the different diamond cuts, and would you choose a diamond by its cut alone? Gemstones have fascinated people for thousands of years. In ancient times they were worn as amulets and talismans, offering protection against ghosts, repulsing evil, preserving health, and warding off the plague. A link with astrology was formed, and gemstones were allocated to the signs of the zodiac. At one time, precious jewelry was a way to recognize the truly rich as opposed to mere pretenders to power and wealth. From the historical to the scientific, this extraordinary reference is filled with fascinating facts about gemstones, both precious and semiprecious. It's also a worldwide scientific survey, with stunning color photographs of each gem and its varieties. This fifth edition includes information on a total of 1,800 gemstones in all"--Dust jacket cover.

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  • ISBN: 1454909536
  • ISBN: 9781454909538 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 319 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 20 cm
  • Edition: Newly rev. fifth edition / translated by Daniel Shea and Nicole Shea.
  • Publisher: New York : Sterling, 2013.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Color map on endpapers.
Translation of: Edelsteine und Schmucksteine : alle Arten und Varietäten [der] Welt ; 1900 Einzelstücke. 15., überarb. Aufl., Neuausg. 2011.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-294) and index.
Subject: Precious stones.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.


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Gemstones of the World : Newly Revised Fifth Edition
Gemstones of the World : Newly Revised Fifth Edition
by Schumann, Walter
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Author Notes

Gemstones of the World : Newly Revised Fifth Edition

Walter Schumann is a leading expert and researcher on gemstones. In addition to the perennially successful Gemstones of the World , first published in 1976, he has authored Collins Guide to Rocks, Minerals, and Gemstones and Handbook of Rocks, Minerals, and Gemstones , among other authoritative rock and mineral identification guides. Schumann lives in Germany.

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