Gemology Reference Books: Reviews

Whether you’re appraising an exotic gemstone or just starting a gem collection, you need gemology reference books to help you analyze and identify gemstones. Our review covers four works essential for your gemology library.

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Gemstones of the World. Walter Schumann. New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, 2001. 272 pp.

This book is one of the best introductions to gemology. It covers all the basic topics in a well organized and easy to understand manner. The photographs and diagrams are well chosen to clarify concepts and to illustrate the varied appearances a gem species may have.

Schumann begins by defining basic gemological terms and gemstone properties. These are complex subjects but they are introduced in a clear, concise fashion. The majority of his book is devoted to descriptions of individual gemstones. Not surprisingly, the more popular a gem, …

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