The Encyclopedia of Gemstones and Minerals

The Encyclopedia of Gemstones and Minerals

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Baker & Taylor
Shows and describes the characteristics of over two hundred gems and minerals

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Lavishly illustrated with some 400 color photographs and other illustrations, this introduction to the world of gems and minerals contains some 225 alphabetical entries. Each mineral entry lists such scientific information as the characteristic mineral form, the specific gravity, the system of symmetry, the refraction, and the hardness of the mineral. Also included is a description of the mineral's physical properties, where it occurs in the environment, how it forms, its uses and value, and, particularly in the case of gemstones, its simulated and synthetic forms and how to recognize them. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Publisher: New York : Facts on File, c1991
ISBN: 9780816021772
Branch Call Number: R 553 HOL
Characteristics: 303 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Alternative Title: Gemstones and minerals


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