By Cally Hall
From the back cover:
Published in association with America's preeminent authority, the Smithsonian Institution.
DK's Smithsonian Handbook of Gemstones is packed with more than 800 vivid full-color photographs of more than 130 varieties of cut and uncut stones, organic gemstones, and precious metals. With authoritative text, clear photography, and a systematic approach, this concise guide to identification enables you to recognize each gemstone instantly.
Each expertly written entry combines a precise description with annotated photographs to highlight the gemstone's chief characteristics and distinguishing features. Additional color illustrations and photographs show uncut stones, color variations, and a wide range of popular cuts. Easy-to-use, color-coded bands provide at-a-glance facts for quick reference. Also included is a concise glossary.
Identification Made Easy
Packed with detailed information on gemstone, properties, varieties, and more, DK's Smithsonian Handbook of Gemstones is the clearest identification guide to natural and synthetic gemstones for beginners and established enthusiasts alike.