Gems and Gemstones

Gems and Gemstones

For millennia, gems have played an important role in human culture: they hold significant value, both financially and within folklore and mythology. But just what are gems, exactly? This lavishly illustrated volume provides a general introduction to gems and natural gemstones, conveying their timeless beauty and exploring similarities among different species and varieties.

Gems and Gemstones features nearly 300 color images of cut gems, precious and semiprecious stones, gem-quality mineral specimens, and fine jewelry from the new Grainger Hall of Gems at The Field Museum in Chicago.

All ages

Hardcover