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Gems (Classic Reprint) free pdf Excerpt from Gems Gems in their appeal are like the stars. They enchant the eye, they stir the imagination. Then, as with cats and clocks, they are "company." A valuable stone is the one thing that endures. Lace is soon a rag, velvet impossible, flowers dead- but a jewel, if treated kindly, lives forever. It is indeed almost as indestructible as truth or a mighty love. The very word evokes a picture. Is there a richer syllable than "gem"? With the jeweler it means the finest of its kind. But the scholars say a gem, whether of emerald or quartz, is not a gem unless engraved. Other times, other manners. These days the art of gem engraving scarcely exists, while precious stones are everywhere. Before a fine specimen, "gem" leaps to the lips involuntarily. It is suggested that the business classification be known as gemology in distinction from the mineralogy of science. Treatises on gems, comparatively few, difficult of access, generally reference books, are often tough reading. The scientist may be great and useful, but for the neophyte he has scant regard. It seemed as if a small volume, depicting in simple words the salient features of precious stones, garnering from the huge harvest of research the easily assimilable, might not come amiss. If we cannot know all, let us at least grasp something from that vast world of interesting facts to which so many women who wear jewels and men who buy and sell them seem indifferent. Gems have many sides, and even laymen may attain a few. Nothing is more bewildering to the beginner than the manner in which the various mineral families masquerade in one another's clothing. It would be no trick at all were the garnet always red, the sapphire always blue, the topaz always yellow, as at first we suppose. Nature seems positively to enjoy playing pranks which turn all preconceived notions topsy-turvy. Increasing experience confers that sixth sense which gradually distinguishes one family from another. Yet even experts, to be absolutely sure, must sometimes resort to scientific tests. These are the triumphs of modem times over the simple file of the ancients. Now, hardness, specific gravity, refraction, dispersion, dichroicism, by means of delicate and often inexpensive instruments, can precisely be determined. To own a few good stones is an education. Like pictures, their qualities come out only in close association. A judiciously purchased collection may prove a good investment. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : Helen Barlett Bridgman
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 133213064X
EAN : 9781332130641
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 122 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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