Gems & Crystals: From One of the World's Great Collections

Author(s): George E. Harlow

Nature and Science

A classic book gets a new, redesigned, and sumptuous edition in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Updated and revised, Gems & Crystals showcases the museum's renowned collection and unlocks the science behind the dazzling properties of each gemstone species. Nearly 150 key varieties of gems and minerals are profiled, with information on their history, lore, and sources, as well as the relationships among the bewildering variety of crystals, minerals, rocks, and gemstones. Extensively researched and stunningly illustrated, this very special volume will fascinate novice and expert alike.


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Profiles 150 key varieties of gems and minerals. Contains information on their history, lore and sources. Extensively researched and stunningly illustrated.

This 25th anniversary reissue from the American Museum of Natural History functions as a reference book and a stunning pictorial tour of gemstones. VERDICT: Recommended both for its reference value and as a coffee-table book, this title will appeal to geologists and lovers of the lapidary arts. "Library Journal""

Anna S. Sofianides worked for 23 years in the Department of Mineral Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History. A tireless researcher, Ms. Sofianides has been collecting data on gemstones and the Museum's collection since 1974. George E. Harlow, PhD, is an eminent mineralogist and crystallographer. He has recently carried out research on the jadeite variety of jade, examining the source in Guatemala. Harold and Erica Van Pelt are recognised among the top photographers of gems and gemstones in the world. Their work has appeared in Lapidary Journal, Gems and Gemology, Rock and Gem, and Mineralogical Record.

General Fields

  • : 9781454917113
  • : Sterling Publishing Co Inc
  • : Sterling
  • : November 2015
  • : 254mm X 229mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : George E. Harlow
  • : Hardback
  • : Revised ed.
  • : en
  • : 549.0747471
  • : 232
  • : full colour photographs and illustrations