Nature Guide: Gems, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1465415653
  • ISBN-13: 9781465415653
  • DDC: 553.8
  • Grade Level Range: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
  • 224 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released November 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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From trees to rocks and minerals, and birds to stars and planets, each volume provides a thorough introduction and detailed, clearly illustrated profiles of hundreds of examples from within that subject area. Each book is packed with stunning photography, and key information is provided by expert contributors. The books are carefully structured, with catalog entries organized into easily understood groups that the newcomer will have no difficulty in navigating and the more experienced reader will appreciate. Each profile centers on a high-impact commissioned image of the subject, allowing instant identification, and is accompanied by concise, authoritative text. Additional images provide context, while a data panel summarizes key facts about each example. Each title opens with an introductory section that explains each subject in detail. This is followed by a comprehensive illustrated catalog. A glossary of key terms and a detailed index complete each volume. The new DK Nature Guides form a comprehensive, accessible, and informative series of illustrated reference books that tackle key natural history subjects in DK's inimitable style.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
How the Gem Profiles Work.
1: Introduction.
2: What is a Gem?.
3: How Gems Form.
4: Crystals.
5: Classifying Gems.
6: Physical Properties.
7: Optical Properties.
8: Where Gemstones are Found.
9: Mining Gemstones.
10: Cutting Gems.
11: Polishing and Engraving Gems.
12: Gem Enhancement.
13: Synthetic Gems.
14: History and Folklore.
15: Collecting Gems.
16: Gemstones.
17: Precious Metals.
18: Cut Stones.
19: Organics.