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By: Peter G Read
320 pages, B/w photos, illus
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  • Gemmology ISBN: 9780750664493 Edition: 3 Paperback Aug 2005 Out of Print #155056
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Since Gemmology was first published, thousands of readers have used it to gain an in-depth appreciation of the science of gemmology, its history and practice. This third edition has been completely revised to cover the latest methods of gem enhancement and identification, as well as the most up to date test instruments and laboratory techniques. It includes details of the Gemmological Associations recently introduced Foundation course, and even provides sample examination questions.


The geological formation and occurance of gemstones; the chemical composition of gemstones; cystallography; cleavage, parting and fracture; hardness; specific gravity, density and relative density; colour, lustre and sheen; reflection and refraction; polarization and pleochroism; spectroscopy; luminescent, electrical and thermal properties of gemstones; the hand lens, microscope and chelsea filter; gemstone enhancement; synthetic gemstones and gemstone simulants; distinguishing between synthetic and natural gemstones; identifying inorganic gemstone simulants; organic gem materials and their simulants; the fashioning of gemstones.

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Out of Print
By: Peter G Read
320 pages, B/w photos, illus
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... this is the book I have been waiting for. It is an affordable, excellent reference book with every diagram and chart necessary for the identification of gemstones and gem material. Jewellery Time, April 2000 Reviews of first edition: 'Gemmology is a most welcome update and expansion of his Beginner's Guide to Gemmology...It fills a gap in practical gemmological literature' - Gemmological Newsletter ' is clearly well-written, factually sound, well illustrated, and combines the virtues (and fortunately avoids the mistakes) of its acknowledged predecessors such as Webster's 'Gems', Anderson's 'Gem Testing', and the GAGB's teaching notes...Well done Peter. This book is a most useful contribution to the literature and can only assist Australian student of gemmology' The Australian Gemmologist 'This readable book on gemmology is slanted to both beginning and advanced students of the science of gemmology, and like Read's previous book on this subject will probably become a standard text.' Lapidary Journal
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