Rock and Gem: The Definitive Guide to Rocks, Minerals, Gemstones, and Fossils

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Author: Smithsonian

Publisher: DK

ISBN: 9780756633424

Page Count: 360

List Price: $30.95

Explore the treasures of the Earth – sparkling crystals, vibrant gemstones, and age-old fossils – with this illustrated guide that’s sure to captivate every rock hound and budding gemologist.

From primeval origins to their astonishing modern-day uses and appeal, this is the ultimate portrait of Earth's geological riches – rocks, minerals, crystals, and gems. Also included is a focused look at other precious materials often prized for their beauty, such as amber, coral, ivory, and fossils.

Learn how to identify more than 450 rock and mineral specimens through stunning photographs and detailed characteristics. Discover more about rocks and minerals through folklore and historical artifacts, and find out the fascinating stories behind the world's natural treasures, including the Hope diamond and the Great Mogul emerald. Practical advice on cutting, polishing, and displaying your finds further equips you with all the knowledge needed to delve into the world of rock and mineral collecting.

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