This book is written as a guideline for the potential buyer of gemstones that are mined from the earth or formed by some natural organic process. As a knowledgeable buyer you will be a confident one. Natural gemstones offer the consumer many choices in all price ranges. This book is not intended as a reference work for gemologist, but as a practical guide for the informed amateur.
Many varieties of stones will be described in this book; some of them are quite common; some very rare. A few are mentioned that you would have difficulty in finding. Extremely rare colors or gemstone varieties which are primarily of interest to collectors and museums have been omitted from this text since these are not available to most consumers. Today more gemstone varieties are available to choose from than any prior time in history.
Technical information on gemstones is included to help you understand each variety’s unique properties. Gemology has become a professional and highly specialized field; a competent seller can be of great help in helping you make a wise and satisfying purchase.
Part I – The Make-Up of a Gemstone
Part II – The Personality of Gemstones
Part III – Helpful Information