Secrets of the gem trade: the connoisseur's guide to precious gemstones

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Brunswick House Press, 2003 - Nature - 274 pages
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As the sub-title suggests, this is the consumer's guide to precious gemstones. Divided into two parts: In plain non-technical language, Part I redefines preciousness and gently guides the reader toward a real understanding of those criteria that make a gemstone. Part II contains a series of individual essays that apply the criteria of connoisseurship to 35 of today's most important gemstones. The book covers precious stones old and new including diamond, pearl, tourmaline, sapphire, chalcedony, spinel, ruby, and garnet.

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The consummate work for anyone interested in gemstone connoisseurship. Wise has a facile mind and his approach to grading and classifying is at the same time traditional and innovative. In a prescient ... Read full review

Review: Secrets of the Gem Trade: The Connoisseur's Guide to Precious Gemstones

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the next best thing to traveling the world unearthing the stones yourself. Read full review

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