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By: Cally Oldershaw, Christine Woodward and Roger Harding
76 pages, Col photos
Explores the nature of gems, their beauty, rarity and durability, and the mineral properties that govern these qualities. It describes the most popular stones in detail, shows how gem materials form, where they are found and mined, and how they are identified.
'Aesthetically pleasing, enjoyable, accurate, succinct... One could say a gem among books of its kind.' New Scientist on the first edition.
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