Gem: The Definitive Visual Guide

Gem: The Definitive Visual Guide Author DK
ISBN-10 1465453563
ISBN-13 9781465453563
Year 2016-10-04
Pages 440
Language English
Publisher DK
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A dazzling visual guide to precious and semiprecious stones organic gems and precious metals that showcases beautiful specially commissioned images as well as science natural history mythology and true stories of adventure and discovery From diamonds and sapphires to emeralds and obsidian Gem profiles all the key gemstones and other precious materials Its stunning images show the jewels in their different cuts colors and uses See the exquisite jewelry pieces of royalty around the world high society women and Native American traditions Visit the Russian Amber Room study the details of a Faberg egg and find out what characteristics are needed for a record breaking gem The stories myths and legends that surround the most celebrated gems and jewel laden artifacts from around the world are revealed from their journeys in the company of royalty film stars and thieves to the curse of the Hope Diamond Follow the history of the world s most famous jewelry houses and their designers including Cartier Harry Winston Tiffany Co and more For additional information about the world s natural treasures an 80 page reference section at the back of the book highlights a variety of other rocks and minerals and a color guide directory groups gems according to their main color Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution and featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Aja Raden Gem combines lavish photographs with expert knowledge making it perfect for gift giving

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