Firefly Guide to Gems
A reference guide to gems, semi-precious stones and crystals.
Gemstones and crystals are used for jewelry, industry, lasers and precision technology. Firefly Guide to Gems is a practical, compact guide to the identification and use of precious and semi-precious stones, novelty stones, agates and crystals.
An introduction explains geology, chemistry and gemstone properties in clear and accessible terms. Key aspects of gemstones are explained such as crystal structures and optical and physical properties.
The first section of the book focuses on precious gems in their many forms, with illustrations of priceless jewelry. Practical information includes:
The second and main section supplies complete descriptions of a wide range of gems, organized by chemical composition, for instance:
A fascinating profile of each gem is accompanied with color photographs of the raw crystal, common cuts, and finally polished for use in jewelry. At-a-glance charts provide technical details such as refractive index, crystal group, luster, hardness and cleavage for each gem.
Easy-to-read and abundantly illustrated, Firefly Guide to Gems is ideal for collectors and rockhounds.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - billsearth - LibraryThing
This book stretches the term "gems" to include pearls carved shells, and various other carvings, even metal artwork. That takes it out of the gem reference world and puts it on the coffee table pile ... Read full review
Wonderful referenceUser Review - theginster - Overstock.com
This is a great reference book clear and precise in descriptions. I refer to it a lot. Read full review
Maps of gem locations