"Gems and Gemstones" features nearly 300 color images of cut gems, precious and semiprecious stones, gem-quality mineral specimens, and fine jewelry to be unveiled in the new Grainger Hall of Gems at the Field Museum in Chicago.
The reader is led to a fascinating tour through a wonderful world of rare and precious gems. It describes how by wearing appropriate gems, your dame fortune could deliver wonders, solve everyday problems and offer protection from evil influences of planets, and also enhance their beneficial effects. The author tells you about appropriate gems suitable for each individual born under a particular zodiac sign. It remains a very reliable reference guide with an extensive list of crystals and gems, followed by respective interpretations. The book also discusses auspicious time and days for wearing gems or stones, and about the performance of rituals needed for attaining best results. The chapters focus on: *Gems and disease, Gems for professional success. *Crystal and Gems for the new millennium.
Provides detailed information regarding the physical characteristics and unique traits of more than 1,800 precious and semiprecious stones, as well as discussing gemstone structure, production, name origin, and symbolism.
The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide : how to Select, Buy, Care for & Enjoy Sapphires, Emeralds, Rubies, and Other Colored Gems with Confidence and Knowledge
Author: Antoinette Leonard Matlins
Publisher: Gemstone Press
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Purchasing coloured gemstones can be a magical experience, filled with excitement and anticipation. But lack of information, error, or misrepresentation can make buying gemstones confusing, intimidating, overwhelming, and costly. With more varieties than ever before to choose from, including altogether new gems, revolutionary new cuts, and new ways to buy gems -- such as internet auctions and TV shopping -- there has never been a more exciting time to buy or collect coloured gemstones. But there are also new high-tech treatments and sophisticated frauds to look out for. Lack of information, error, or misrepresentation can make the thrill of buying a gem or piece of jewellery confusing, intimidating, overwhelming, and costly. Buyers need a source of expert guidance. To help you avoid the pitfalls and keep the magic, Antoinette Matlins, an internationally respected expert on buying gems, puts her insider knowledge to work for you in this easy-to-read, easy-to-use guide. Practical, comprehensive, and easy to understand, the guide offers in depth all the information you need in order to know what to look for and what to look out for, including: what qualifies as a 'gemstone'?; how to evaluate colour -- and its impact on price; deciding between a natural gem and an enhanced gem; coloured gemstone synthesis and treatment; what to ask when buying the stone; what to get in writing; how to get what you want within your budget; price guides for popular gems, opals, and synthetic stones; And much, much more!
Gemstones: A Thai Love Story presents an essential reference guide to the world of Thai gems, for every level of interest. In four beautifully illustrated sections, the book furnishes buyers with all they need to know about buying gems in Thailand, in an easy-to-read format, set in a context of Thai history and culture. The buyer's guide is designed to cut through the complex process of gem identification and authentication. Each gem is described precisely, highlighting its distinguishing characteristics and variations, as well as its man-made imitators. The guide also acquaints readers with the history and origin of each gem and provides useful tips on how to make a good purchase, and look after the gem subsequent to purchase. An introduction to the Thai gem manufacturing process and key markets gives the layman some insight into the gem industry in Thailand, and the intricacies of gem trading, equipping the reader with the knowledge he requires when he visits one of the most exciting gem markets of the world. Finally, a concise glossary gives understanding of the technical terms used within the book.
This is the most comprehensive guide to the chemical and subtle nature of gemstones and their use throughout history. Johari includes detailed instructions for the creation of gem talismans and the rituals surrounding the use of gems to obtain desired effects. He also uses Hindu astrology to explain the gems you should wear to maximize your physical and psychological well-being. New edition of a popular classic. This is the first book in this subject area to draw on the ancient Hindu sciences of Tantra, Ayurvedic medicine, and astrology, as well as on the author's own family tradition of gemology.
Gemstones is the first attempt in English to bring together the geological, mineralogical and gemmological developments that have taken place during the last thirty years. Though there have been many gemstone books published in that time, most have been concerned, understandably and rightly, with the science of gem testing and have covered that area very well. Details of the geological occurrence of many of the classic gemstones, and of nearly all those which have only recently been discovered, have been less adequately dealt with. Coverage has been restricted to a number of papers in a wide variety of geological and mineralogical journals. Gemstones hopes to get the balance right. In the preparation of the book all the journals and monographs in the field have been consulted so that the book should stand for some years as the authority to which gemmologists and others turn in the first instance. Ease of reference and depth of coverage make Gemstones both a reference book and a bench book. Acknow ledgements I am grateful to Brian Jackson of the Department of Geology, Royal Museums of Scotland who read the manuscript and painstakingly indicated places where amendment or alteration was needed. I am also grateful to the publishers of the books on which the line illustrations are based. The colour plates present in the book derive from a number of sources, which I would like to acknowledge as follows. Plates 1, 4-15 and 17 Crown copyright reserved.