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Rare Gemstones provides concise information on uncommon gems used by designers to create distinctive jewelry. Besides listing the identification properties of the gems, it tells you where they're found, how they're used, why they're unique, how they're priced and how to care for them. High quality photos (482) show the different colors, cutting styles and varieties of each gem and give ideas on how each can be used creatively in jewelry. The following gems are discussed and illustrated: amblygonite, andalusite, apatite, aragonite, axinite, azurite, benitoite, bixbite, brazilianite, bronzite, calcite, cobaltocalcite, charoite, chrysocolla, cuprite, danburite, diaspore, diopside, dumortierite, enstatite, epidote, fluorite, gaspéite, haüyne, hematite, hemimorphite, howlite, idocrase, jeremejevite, kornerupine, kyanite, larimar, lepidolite, magnesite, marcasite, maw-sit-sit, moldavite, obsidian, pectolite, phenakite, phosphosiderite, prehnite, psilomelane, pyrite, red beryl, rhodochrosite, rhodonite, scapolite, scheelite, seraphinite, serpentine, sodalite, sillimanite, smithsonite, sphalerite, sphene, sugilite, taaffeite, titanite, tugtupite, unakite, variscite, vesuvianite, zultanite. Rare Gemstones is a companion book to Newman's Gemstone Buying Guide and an ideal reference for jewelers, sales associates, appraisers, gem collectors, gemology students, gem dealers and consumers.