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Exotic Gems, Volume 1

How to Identify and Buy Tanzanite, Ammolite, Rhodochrosite, Zultanite, Sunstone, Moonstone & other Feldspars - A full-color guide to identifying, evaluating and buying tanzanite, ammolite, zultanite, rhodochrosite, sunstone, moonstone, andesine, labradorite and other members of the feldspar mineral group. It includes information on their history, lore, geographic sources, treatments, imitations, and gem care.
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This is the first in a series of books that will explore the history, lore, evaluation, geographic sources, and identifying properties of lesser-known gems. Exotic Gems Volume 1 has 288 color photos of mounted and loose tanzanite, ammolite, zultanite, rhodochrosite, sunstone, moonstone, labradorite, spectrolite, andesine, amazonite, bytownite, orthoclase and oligoclase. Some of the pictures are close-up shots that show how to make visual judgments about clarity, transparency, color, cut quality and brilliance. A few pictures show how the gems are cut and many others show creative jewelry designs with these stones. Exotic Gems also provides tips on caring for the gems, selecting an appraiser and on detecting imitations and gem treatments. The healing and metaphysical properties of the gems are also addressed. Written for both consumers and professionals, it’s easy to read, well-organized, and packed with fascinating information and photos. If you’re interested in colored gemstones, you’ll find Exotic Gems to be a valuable resource that will help you discover and buy unusual gem varieties you may never have seen before. Exotic Gems, Volume 1: How to Identify & Buy Tanzanite, Ammolite, Rhodochrosite, Zultanite Sunstone, Moonstone & Other Feldspars by Renée Newman ISBN 978-0929975-42-9