Published by Dorling Kindersley in association with the Smithsonian Institution, the guidebook is beautiful, informative, and accessible to readers of all levels. Additional color illustrations and photographs show uncut stones, color variations, and a wide range of popular cuts. Easy-to-use, color-coded bands provide at-a-glance facts for quick reference. Also included is a comprehensive glossary. Customer Book Reviews A handy quick reference guide that is easy to use.
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It is indepth but also a compact sturdy semi-hardback that is easy to take anywhere. I like the fact that I can easily refer to it when my customers ask me questions about the jewelry I sell. Now I can find the answers to almost any question regarding gemstones. The many colorful pictures are beautiful and the interesting descriptions are easy to read and understand. I would recommend this handbook to anyone wanting to broaden their knowledge of gemstones as I am.
I am buying a lot of gemstone jewelry on eBay to sell at flea markets and this book really helps me to identify and know the value of a lot of gemstones I previously did not know about. It is really helping to simplify and make the most of my eBay bids. I can now make more educated decisions and have more insight into the information jewelers and gemologists know. I know I will be using this book a lot so it was a great purchase.
I highly recommend this book, because it is what you would expect from the Smithsonian; like an enjoyable walk through the museum. As a matter of fact, when I recently visited the Museum of Natural Science in Houston and the natural gemstones exhibit which in the past I might not have had much interest in I was very pleased at my ability to recognize, know something about, and appreciate the vast array of incredible gemstones, because of how it raised my interest in the subject to a new level, with the information and knowledge I gained from reading the Smithsonian Gemstone Handbook.
Read full review by birthstone5 04 Dec, Smithsonian Handbooks Gemstones, Cally Hall While written with a simplicity suitable for a novice gem-lover or enthusiastic youngster, the information assembled in this unassuming little paperback is incredibly detailed, cross-referenced and beautifully organized enough to please a seasoned professional. The photographs of materials described are excellent.
I bought this book as it was recommended as a text for a gemology course, and am now motivated to give close scrutiny to anything published by Dorling Kindersley. Thanks for the opportunity to say something nice about this wonderful book So interesting. Verified purchase: Yes Condition: Pre-owned by delet I am just starting to make jewerly and thought this would be good for me.
This book is an excellent book. It shows all the gems and tells the hardness of them. I found some gems that I never heard of in this book. It showed very good pictures of them so I was able to look them up on E-Bay and get them.
I would advise anyone wanting to learn about gems for any reason to get this book. Additional site navigation.
Smithsonian Handbooks: Gemstones by Cally Hall (2002, Paperback, Revised)
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