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Gemstones: Symbols of Beauty and Power

Gemstones: Symbols of Beauty and Power


This book, Gemstones: Symbols of Beauty and Power, could serve as a textbook for learning about gemstone geology, properties, manufacture, uses and characteristics. It has a section on almost every important gemstone variety, investigating their history, beauty and current uses. A large-format book loaded with photos, diagrams, charts and more.

Gemstones: Symbols of Beauty and PowerTable of Contents

Flowers of the mineral kingdom7
Gemstones: their characteristics and their origin8
The exquisite rarity8
The causes of color variety16
A commitment to eternity20
Gemstones: their extraction and processing24
The extraction of gemstones24
The cutting of diamonds32
The cutting of color gemstones34
Polishing agate36
Glyptography37
Portraits of the gemstones40
The beauty of color gems42
The beauty of the phenomenon gems44
Diamond: king of gemstones46
Corundum: the colorful palette56
Ruby: divine crystal spark60
Sapphire: symbol of the firmament66
Beryl: the palette of pastel colors72
Emerald: glittering like leaves in May76
Chrysoberyls: an exquisite trio82
Feldspars: a major company86
Garnets: a courtly household of noble vassals90
Opal: hummingbird and firebird94
Peridot: green-golden ray of sunshine100
Quartz: bustling globetrotter104
Spinel: the corundum's disguised twin108
Spodumene: phoenix from the ashes112
Tanzanite: blue patrician from black Africa114
Topaz: chalice of golden crystal118
Tourmaline: alpha and omega122
Zircon: dizzying quick-change artist126
Portraits of ornamental gems130
The beauty of ornamental gems132
Agate: fire and flames134
Charoite: reed pipes from the Russian karst136
Jade: metaphor for luck138
Lapis lazuli: incarnation of the starry firmament142
Malachite: master of the green shades144
Rhodochrosite and rhodonite146
Sugilite: budding mallow spur148
Turquoise: morning fresh bloom of heaven150
Gemstones: symbols of authority and power152
Exquisite treasures174
Noble gems for the word of god180
Votive and consecration crowns188
Beauty, magic, and medicine194
Famous jewels and their histories194
Of seals, amulets, and talismans202
Stones of the month - birthstones208
Gemstone medicine214
The fascination of internal life218
A passion for collecting222
Natural or not? Synthetics, composites, imitations226
Glossary230
Bibliography233
Picture credits234
Index240