Practical Gemmology: A study of the Identification of Gemstones, Pearls and Ornamental Minerals, by Robert Webster.
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DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with dustjacket. Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Ltd. (1966). Pages: 209. Size: 8 x 5 inches; 1 pound.
“Practical Gemology” has for decades been recognized as the standard work for those learning how to identify gems and ornamental minerals. It is recommended by educational authorities as a course textbook, and it is also particularly suitable as a self-instructor for those entering or hoping to advance in the jewelry and gem trades, or for the keen amateur. The 21 sections comprise notes on the formation of gem materials, and a section on luminescence and electrical effects bring a more modern approach to this part of the subject. More information is given on the inclusions seen in gemstones, and the newer synthetic stones are discussed. Increased coverage is given to the types of composite stones and on modern methods of coloring diamonds artificially. The methods used in cutting gemstones and details of more of the unusual gemstones now cut and polished are also discussed.
CONDITION: GOOD. Hardcover with dustjacket. Antique Collectors Club Ltd. (1978 reprint
of 1966 fourth edition) 209 pages. Book appears to have been read
once, perhaps twice, but remains in relatively good condition, HOWEVER
ten of the first thirty pages in the book contain occasional
highlighting. Thereafter the book is clean of highlighting or any
other markings. There is ALSO a label gummed to the underside of the
front cover (known as the "front end paper"), it is a London (England)
bookseller's label. It was quite customary for British booksellers to
place some sort of label to the front end paper at the time. Facing
that, on the first blank page of the book, is an inked return address
stamp of what one presumes was the Canadian address of the original
owner. Except for these two stamps and the fact that ten of the first
pages contain occasional highlighting, the inside of the book is
otherwise clean, with crisp, unmutilated pages, and remains fairly
well bound. The dustjacket is in exceptionally good condition,
evidencing only faint edge and corner shelfwear (no chips, no tears).
Beneath the dustjacket the green cloth covers likewise are in
excellent condition, clean, again evidencing only faint edge and
corner shelfwear. Given the occasional hhghlighting present within the
first 30 pages of the book it clearly lacks the "sex appeal" of a
"shelf trophy". Nonetheless it is an otherwise clean and presentable
copy of this classic book, with "lots of miles left under the hood".
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REVIEW: Here will be found a shortened but complete course in gemology, following the traditional lines adopted in teaching students at Chelsea Polytechnic in preparation for the Gemological Association Examinations. This book contains classic material dating back to the 1900s and before. The content has been carefully selected for its interest and relevance to a modern audience.
REVIEW: Robert Webster FGA was originally in the jewelry and pawnbroking trade, and won the Fellowship Diploma of the Gemological Association of Great Britain with distinction in 1934. In 1946 the same association awarded him their coveted Research Diploma and in that year he joined London Gem Testing Laboratory, then in Hatton Garden, where he remained until he retired in 1971. He was a noted lecturer in various London colleges for decades and an honorary visiting lecturer to the Detective Training School of the London Police. He traveled widely, lecturing, visiting gem laboratories and mining and cutting centers in many parts of the world.
REVIEW: For decades “Practical Gemmology” has been recognized as the standard work for those learning how to identify gems and ornamental minerals. It is recommended by educational authorities as a course textbook; it is also particularly suitable as a self-instructor for those entering or hoping to advance in the jewelry and gem trades, or for the keen amateur. Enthusiastically recommended.
REVIEW: An interesting and practical study of the identification of gemstones, pearls, and ornamental minerals. A comprehensive and profusely-illustrated handbook for both novice and experienced practitioners, this volume is not to be missed by anyone with a keen interest in the subject. The chapters of this book include: “Crystallography”, “Physical Properties”, “Specific Gravity”, “Light”, “Measurement of Refractive Index”, “Colour in Gem Distinction”, “The Microscope”, “The Gem Species”, “Synthetic Gems”, “Imitation Gems”, “Composite Stones and Artificially Induced Color”, etcetera. This book is being republished now in an affordable, modern, high quality edition - complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on gemology.
REVIEW: An excellent presentation of the principles of gemology. Less vigorous than the FGA text that I also downloaded before for my Kindle, but a good understandable text.
REVIEW: I like gemstones more than money. Originally written in 1943, a textbook classic on gemology for students and a self-instructor for jewelers. 21 sections comprise notes on the formation and chemistry of gem materials. Includes refractive index, color, and specific gravity. This 4th edition has a new section on luminescence and electrical effects. Diagrams and charts. 210 pages, British book.
REVIEW: Good technical text.
REVIEW: Five stars, very happy with the content.
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