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Rock and Gem: The Definitive Guide to Rocks, Minerals, Gems and Fossils by Ronald Louis Bonewitz

Rock and Gem: The Definitive Guide to Rocks, Minerals, Gems and Fossils by Ronald Louis Bonewitz
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Rock and Gem: The Definitive Guide to Rocks, Minerals, Gems and Fossils by Ronald Louis Bonewitz


Published 2005: First Edition / Hardcover / As New / Beautifully illustrated throughout

Original pictorial boards and pictorial dust jacket. 360 as new very clean and bright unmarked pages. Slight shelf wear.

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A remarkable study of the Earth's rocks, minerals, gems, and fossils, this stunning volume reveals the beauty and wonder of these outstanding natural phenomena and the fascinating ways they have been prized and used.


Rocks, gems, minerals and fossils were forged by the most powerful events in our planet's past and revered for millennia as religious artifacts, becoming the focus of myth and legend. This book evokes the spectacular beauty of these wonders and their place in human history, from the Koh-I-Noor diamond to the fabled Amber Room of Catherine the Great's Palace.


Striking visual profiles present the entire range of rocks and minerals, with key information for accurate identification, and practical advice on how to cut, polish, and display objects, as well as an intriguing look at the many ways they have been used, from basic building blocks to fine decoration.

Explore the treasures of the Earth - sparkling crystals, vibrant gemstones, and age-old fossils - with this illustrated guide that's sure to captivate every rockhound 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 focussed 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.

Rock and Gem were produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the world's largest museum complex, ensuring the guide's accuracy.

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