Gems & Crystals
Photography by Erica and Harold Van Pelt
Delong Star Ruby
Gems & Crystals provides a comprehensive examination of gems and gem materials including discussion of their properties, history, lore, and sourcesinformation useful to novice and expert alike. The reader will discover the relationships among gems, crystals, minerals, rocks and the bewildering variety of gemstones. The extensively researched text encompasses a panorama of topics from ancient lapidaries that are filled with descriptions of gems and their virtues to the most up-to-the date scientific data.
Gems & Crystals relates both intriguing legends about the gemstones and the general history of their use and popularity in different cultures. American Museum of Natural Historys gem collection, itself the stuff of legends, is described in this comprehensive book by Anna S. Sofianides and George E. Harlow, Curator of Gems and Minerals, in the Department of Mineral Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History.
Gems & Crystals presents an accessible and entertaining text with 150 dazzling photographs to make this book a truly beautiful reflection of the gems, crystals and objets dart from one of the worlds most fabled collections.
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George E. Harlow, Ph.D., Chairman of the Department of Mineral Sciences at the American Msuem of Natural History, is an eminent mineralogist and crystallographer. While interested in a broad range of geologic topics, he specializes in the study of rock-forming minerals, particularly feldspars and pyroxenes. Recently Harlow has been carrying out research on the jadeite variety of jade, examining the source in Guatemala and the provenance of jade for New-World jade artifacts.
Harold and Erica Van Pelt are recognized among the top photographers of gems and gemstones in the world. Their work has appeared in Lapidary Journal, Gems and Gemology, Rock and Gem, and Mineralogical Record.
This book owes its magnificence to the
remarkable gem collection of the American Museum of Natural History and
to the talents of expert photographers Erica and Harold Van Pelt. One
hundred and fifty breathtaking photographs illustrate the beauty of the
museums finest specimens. It is a cant put down
book from the beginning....This book is a must for anyone whose heart
beats faster at the sight of a truly great specimen.
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A lush, full-color look at human fascination
with the beauty and allure of gems and crystals, with 150 dazzling photos.
If you cant afford the gem, buy the book instead.
...a must. This beautifully illustrated
and informed guide is a wonderful starting point for anyone with a hankering
for these gorgeous gems and crystals.
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