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Gems of the World


An introduction to gemstones. Includes information about how they are mined, cut, and prepared for sale. How to buy and identify them. Hundreds of photos and illustrations give you a detailed description for major and minor gem varieties. This book is a 7 1/2" x 9 5/8" paperback with 256 pages.

Gems of the WorldTable of Contents

Foreword4
INTRODUCTION
Gem Formation6
Mining10
The Diamond Industry14
Diamond Cutting and Trading Centers20
Conflict Diamonds - Ethical Sourcing22
Crystal Structure24
Optical Properties28
Physical Properties32
Fashioning and Cutting36
Gemstone Cuts for Diamonds42
Buying a Diamond46
Buying Colored Gemstones50
Imitation and Synthetic Gemstones58
Gemstone Enhancement61
History of Gems64
Famous Diamonds66
Caring for Gemstones and Jewelry68
Color Key70
Classification77
GEMS78
Important Gem Locations of the World243
Glossary252
Index253
Useful Addresses and Acknowledgements256