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A Concise Reference Guide

Robin Hansen



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CSIRO Publishing
01 March 2022
Gemstones have been a source of fascination for Millenia, from the icy brilliance of diamond and the soft iridescence of pearl, to the deep red garnets treasured by ancient Egyptians and Victorians alike. They are used for their natural beauty in jewellery, worn for protection as talismans, associated with romance and power. They are also of scientific importance, forming over billions of years and containing secrets to the inner earth.

This book examines the world's most commonly encountered gemstones, exploring their unique beauty, rarity, and durability. It reveals how these gem materials formed, where they are mined, how they are identified by their physical and optical properties, their enhancements and imitations. Travelling through each gem's history and use in adornment, it is filled with fascinating facts for the curious to the professional. With sumptuous colour photographs, Gemstones is a dazzling insight into the world of the rare and valuable.
Imprint:   CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 139mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   450g
ISBN:   9781486315246
ISBN 10:   1486315240
Pages:   240
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Robin Hansen developed a love of minerals and geology while growing up in her hometown of Perth, Western Australia. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Curtin University, then worked for three years in the mining sector before moving to London and settling into a position in the private mineral collector business. During the following decade she complemented this role with a Diploma of Gemmology through the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and was awarded the prestigious Tully Medal. She has been Curator, Minerals and Gemstones at the Natural History Museum, London since 2015, and feels privileged to help care and manage this magnificent collection of more than 185,000 specimens.

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