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Smithsonian Rock and GemSmithsonian Rock and GemFrom the primeval origins of rocks and gems to their astonishing modern-day uses and appeal, this is the ultimate portrait of the Earth's natural treasures. A fascinating encyclopedic reference on rocks and gems, including their identification, composition, and their historic and modern uses. Numerous feature boxes cover topics such as the Malachite room in the Winter Palace and the collection of the Hope Diamond and the superstitions surrounding it. Beautifully designed and packed with hundreds of full-color photos, Rock and Gem provides an encyclopedic tour of the intriguing world of rocks and gems. The information is presented and organized as fun and informative nuggets of historic, geological, mineralogical and gemological topics.
Southeast Treasure Hunter's Gem and Mineral GuideSoutheast Treasure Hunter's Gem and Mineral GuideWhether you're digging for the first time or are an experienced rockhound or "prospector," with a simple rock hammer and a little luck, you too can strike it rich... or at the very least have fun trying. This guide offers you easy-to-use information on the ins and outs of "fee dig" mining, complete with locations, costs, tips on technique, entertaining legends and important information on everything from safety kits to the location of the nearest restrooms. Included are resources for use in identifying your finds, exploring the lapidary arts, and further pursuing an exciting - and possibly profitable - hobby. Inside Southeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide you'll find: • Equipment and Clothing: What you need and where to find it or make it yourself. • Mining Techniques: Step-by-step instructions on panning for gold, sluicing for gems and other methods. • Gem and Mineral Sites: Directions and maps, hours, fees, and equipment needed. Also includes info on guide services, local
Southwest Treasure Hunter's Gem and Mineral GuideSouthwest Treasure Hunter's Gem and Mineral GuideWhether you're digging for the first time or are an experienced rockhound or "prospector," with a simple rock hammer and a little luck, you too can strike it rich... or at the very least have fun trying. This guide offers you easy-to-use information on the ins and outs of "fee dig" mining, complete with locations, costs, tips on technique, entertaining legends and important information on everything from safety kits to the location of the nearest restrooms. Included are resources for use in identifying your finds, exploring the lapidary arts, and further pursuing an exciting - and possibly profitable - hobby. Inside Southwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide you'll find: • Equipment and Clothing: What you need and where to find it or make it yourself. • Mining Techniques: Step-by-step instructions on panning for gold, sluicing for gems and other methods. • Gem and Mineral Sites: Directions and maps, hours, fees, and equipment needed. Also includes info on guide services, local
Step by Step Jewelery WorkshopStep by Step Jewelery WorkshopStep-by-step Jewelry Workshop has everything you need to know to start making beautiful jewelry. This practical and easy-to-use book teaches you how to start making wonderful necklaces, bracelets, brooches, rings, earrings, and more, even if you have never so much as picked up a pair of pliers before. Large, clear photographs guide you every step of the way, from setting up your workspace and transferring designs to basic filing, sawing, and soldering skills. Techniques are interspersed with practical projects so that you can create beautiful jewelry items as you learn, from simple silver rings to elegant stone-set pendants. Includes tips and advice on finding inspiration and designing your own unique pieces. This primer is organized into 3 main chapters. Chapter 1: Getting Started covers Tools and materials; Making a space to work in; Inspiration and design; and Planning a design. Chapter 2: Techniques and Projects covers the techniques of Piercing; Drilling; Filing; Soldering; Fini
The Art of EnamelingThe Art of EnamelingEnameling, the art of fusing glass onto metal to creat colorful and imaginative designs, is one of the oldest methods used to decorate metals. Linda Darty, a leader in the field of contemporary enameling, shares her passion for the craft with you. She shows you the range of techniques that are possible and provides projects on which to apply them in interesting ways. You will begin with instructions in the fundamentals that you'll use throught the book. Learn about each type of enamel and its characteristics; how to set up a studio; and what tools and equipment you'll need. Detailed information on preparing, applying, firing, finishing, and setting enamels will complete the basic course. Next you'll apply those fundamentals to various techniques, such as cloisonn�, champlev�, and plique-�-jour. You'll also learn more experimental skills like firing enamel onto mesh or wire forms; using liquid enamel; and creating innovative surface textures using iron filings, sand, and more. The Ar
The Art of Gem CuttingThe Art of Gem CuttingThe Art of Gem Cutting explains how to buy rough stones, how to cut the gems, and how to choose and use lapidary and gem cutting equipment. This primer will get aspiring and student gemcutters off started off on the right path and builds an interest in the many facets of the fascinating hobby of lapidary and gem cutting. This book is organized into four major parts: Cabochon Cutting, Facet Cutting, Special Lapidary Technique, and Useful Lapidary Notes. Topics covered under Cabochon Cutting Include: Sawing, Diamond Saw Blades, Sawing Coolants, Sawing Large Specimens, Grinding Operation, Grinding Wheel Hints, Side Wheel Grinding, Grinding Wheel Bondings, Sanding Operation, Discs and Drums, Belt Sanders, Dopping the Gems, Polishing the Gem, Slow Speed Polishing, Theory of Polishing, Polishing Methods, Cabochon Bezel Angles, and The Micron Sizes. Topics covered under Facet Cutting include: Diamond Laps, Orientation, Cutting the Facets, A System for Brilliant Cut Gems, Polishing Facets, Fa
The Best Bathroom Book for Mineral Collectors Ever WrittenThe Best Bathroom Book for Mineral Collectors Ever WrittenYou wouldn't go in the field without a good field guide on minerals. Don't even think of going in the bathroom without The Best Bathroom Book for Mineral Collectors Ever Written! Mineral quizes, puzzles, fact, lore, trivia, humor and more.
The Book of Gem Cuts 1The Book of Gem Cuts 1The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 1 provides diagrams for faceting 15 designs encompassing the Standard Brilliant Cut, Emerald Cut, Modified Brilliant Cut - Horizontal Split Mains, Modified Brilliant Cut - Vertical Split Mains, Zircon Cut, Modified Brilliant Cut, Calibre Cut, Double Star Cut, Mitchell Six-Ray Star Cut, Mitchell Five-Ray Star Cut, Briolette Cut, Double Rose Cut, Diamond Shape Cut, Triangular Mixed Cut and Jubilee Cut. Also provided is a table of physical properties for commonly faceted materials, polishing agent recommendations for commonly faceted materials, standard brilliant preform, emerald cut preform and general instructions for cutting sequence.
The Book of Gem Cuts 2The Book of Gem Cuts 2The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 2 provides diagrams for faceting 22 designs encompassing the Brilliant Briolette Cut, Reverse Cut, Brilliant Bead Cut, Double Diamond Cut - Horizontal, Double Diamond Cut - Vertical, Portuguese Cut, Mixed Cut, Pseudo Marquis Cut, Step Bead Cut, Marquis Cut, Step Cut Heart, Brilliant Cut heart, Pendeloque Cut, Bar Cut, Checker Cut, Scissors Cut, Zigzag Cut, Skew Cut, Step Cut Oval, Brilliant Cut Oval, Cairo Cut, and Brilliant Briolette Cut. Also provided is a table of physical properties for commonly faceted materials, polishing agent recommendations for commonly faceted materials, and information on adjusting main angles to suit materials of differing refractive indexes.
The Book of Gem Cuts 3The Book of Gem Cuts 3The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 3 provides diagrams for faceting 19 designs encompassing the Bicentennial Cut, Birdcage Cut, Brilliant Cross Cut, Devil's Triangle Cut, Fairy Wand Cut, Grieger's Fantasy Cut, High Twelve Cut, Miser Cut, Moonbeam Cut, Nine Squares Cut, Octabril Cut, Pasha With A Twist, Pinwheel Cut, San Francisco Cut, Snowflake Cut, Step Cut Pendant, Sunburst Cut, Switzer's Brilliant cut, and Trapeze Twist Cut. Also provided is a table of physical properties for commonly faceted materials, polishing agent recommendations for commonly faceted materials, and conventions used with faceting diagrams
The Book of Gem Cuts 4The Book of Gem Cuts 4The Book of Gem Cuts Volume 4 provides diagrams for faceting 15 designs encompassing the Rectagon Cut, Lone Star Cut, Square Dance Cut, Mixed Cushion Cut, Sensu Cut, Combo Cut, Fan Drop Cut, David's Deep Star Cut, Quadra-Brill Cut, Star Bright Cut, Square Shallow Simple cut, Brilliant Kite cut, Twelve Triangle Cut, Rectangle-408 cut, and Heraldic Cut. Also provided is a table of physical properties for commonly faceted materials, polishing agent recommendations for commonly faceted materials, and information on adjusting main angles to suit materials of differing refractive indexes.
The Book of StonesThe Book of StonesThe Book Of Stones is the most in-depth, definitive guide to the world of crystals, minerals, gemstones and their metaphysical energies that has yet been written. Encompassing over three hundred separate entries, each with vivid color photographs and essays by both authors, this book takes you deep into the world of stones and their uses for spiritual awakening and self healing. The Book Of Stones can teach you about each mineral's scientific properties, history and lore, elemental energies, chakra correspondences, and which stones work best together. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner, The Book of Stones can give you clear, easy-to-understand information that will help you enjoy the beauty and benefits of the mineral realm. The index of physical, emotional, and spiritual correspondences in this new edition makes it easy to find the stones that suit you best. This pictorial metaphysical encyclopedia is what crystal lovers all over the world have been waiting for
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Minerals Rocks and Fossils of the WorldThe Complete Illustrated Guide to Minerals Rocks and Fossils of the WorldThe Complete Illustrated Guide to Minerals, Rocks & Fossils of the World provides a comprehensive reference guide to over 700 minerals, rocks and plant and animal fossils from around the globe and how to identify them, with over 2000 color photographs and illustrations. Rocks, minerals and fossils have a timeless fascination. Endlessly interesting and beautiful to look at, they also offer up all kinds of information about the origins and evolution of our planet. Rocks and minerals reveal the great earth shifts that have formed the globe's mighty mountains and vast oceans. Fossils - plant and animal remains preserved in rock - give clues to the development of the diverse life forms that have flourished on Earth over millions of years, from simple mosses and giant dinosaurs to human beings. This informative, highly illustrated book is a complete reference source for anyone interested in the earth sciences. Each section of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Minerals, Rocks & Fossils of t
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Rocks of the WorldThe Complete Illustrated Guide to Rocks of the WorldWhile there are numerous guides and books about minerals - the constituents and building blocks of rocks - there are far fewer references covering rocks per se. Which is somewhat paradoxical, as it is rocks that are most accessible to rockhounds and geologists, it is rocks that are most commonly field collected by amateur and professional geologists, and it is in rocks that an area's underlying geology is most directly manifest and discoverable. The Complete Illustrated Guide to Rocks of the World is a welcome book about rocks. This richly illustrated reference, featuring more than 375 beautifully shot photographs and concise artworks, explains what rocks are, how they are created, and how differing geological environments and rock building processes affect the types of rocks that form, and how they weather, decay and transform. This book: • Includes expert analysis of the key rock-forming environments of the world, plus full advice on identifying rock types and building a spectacula
The Complete MetalsmithThe Complete MetalsmithThe Complete Metalsmith is a classic how-to handbook providing an encyclopedic coverage of the tools and techniques used by jewelers and other craftspeople to smith a variety of metals including gold, platinum, silver, copper, brass, bronze, aluminum, nickel, iron, steel, pot metal, pewter, titanium, and niobium. Tim McCreight's straightforward text and clear drawings and illustrations bring even complex techniques within anyone's reach. The numerous topics presented in The Complete Metalsmith are organized into 8 major chapters: (1) Materials, (2) Surfaces, (3) Shaping, (4) Joining, (5) Casting, (6) Stones, and (7) Mechanisms. Among the hundreds of topics and how-to tips within these chapters you will learn about precious and base metals and their alloys and properties, how to create decorative surfaces with hammering, engraving, niello, mokum�, granulation, reticulation, etching, inlay and more, shaping techniques including piercing, drawing, rolling, tube making, bending, forging,
The Crystal BibleThe Crystal BibleBeautifully Illustrated, The Crystal Bible is a comprehensive guide to over 200 crystals, their shapes, colors, and applications. Encompassing traditional and contemporary crystal lore, this guide draws on author Judy Hall's thirty years' experience in the field. The directory format enables you to find a known crystal instantly or to identify and unknown crystal and covers the practical and esoteric properties of each crystal including spiritual, mental and psychological, emotional and physical effects, plus its use in crystal healing. It's an indispensable reference for crystal lovers everywhere! Contents include Crystal Reference, Crystal Delights, Crystal Background, Crystal Formation, Crystal Decorating, Crystal Healing, Crystal Selection, Crystal Care, Crystal Mediation, Crystal Directory , Crystal Shapes, Quick Reference, Glossary, Index and Bibliography. Among the over 200 species, varieties and forms of crystals and stones presented, discussed and explained in the Crystal Bi
The ElementsThe ElementsThe Elements is the most complete and visually stunning catalog of the periodic table ever assembled. Each element has been selected from author Theodor Gray's coveted collection of thousands of samples, lovingly photographed and illuminated by his wonderfully entertaining and erudite text. The ultimate marriage of science and art, The Elements will dazzle and enlighten every appreciator of nature and the world about them.
The Illustrated Bead BibleThe Illustrated Bead BibleThe Illustrated Bead Bible is the ultimate reference on beads and beading. From Abalone to Zipper Stitch, this profusely illustrated guide covers a broad range of beading subjects and presents encyclopedic entries on historical background, technical details, and cultural customs. It includes a comprehensive A-Z listing of rose-petal, fertility, wampum, wedding, sacrifice, pumtek, Viking, and other beads. It also contains an instructional guide on buying materials and mastering techniques. There are essential tables and charts on bead shapes, needle and thread sizes, gemstones and birthstones, the Mohs scale of hardness, and more. Also found inside are drawings of twenty-one common stitches, knotting and finishing techniques, and three graphs. At the heart of the book is an illustrated encyclopedia of bead types and styles, materials, tools and lore. In beading tips and techniques, you'll find a question-and-answer format to help you learn how to buy materials and tools or deal with sn
The illustrated Directory of Healing CrystalsThe illustrated Directory of Healing CrystalsThe Illustrated Directory of Healing Crystals is a unique directory that explores the healing, magical and divinatory significance of over 150 crystals. Learn how to use your crystals to empower, heal and protect and also how to choose a core set of crystals that are most suited for your needs. This book is an amazing reference work, offering detailed profiles of over 150 crystals, presented in easy-to-access color sections. Each entry explore the crystal's powers of healing and magic, and how to use it to greatest effect. As well as delving into mythology adnd folklore, the associated flowers, herbs, oils, incenses, planets, elements, star signs, guardian angels and chakras for every crystal are also presented in useful reference boxes. Cassandra Eason is an international author and broadcaster on all aspects of crystals, folklore, and the paranormal. She has had more than 50 titles published around the world. Cassandra has worked with crystals for over 20 years and gives lectures an
The New Encyclopedia of Jewelery Making TechniquesThe New Encyclopedia of Jewelery Making TechniquesThis fully revised and updated edition of a classic reference covers techniques from annealing to stone-setting, and includes new techniques reflecting advances in jewelry-making. • Learn to craft exquisite brooches, tie pins, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and more • Use materials from classic to contemporary including gold, silver, acrylics, precious stones and metal clay • Clear photographs help you to achieve professional results • Inspirational finished pieces from expert jewelers accompany each technique Contents include: Chapter 1: Introduction: About the new edition; Basic tools and materials, All about metal, Recovering and reusing metal, Design; Chapter 2: Cutting Metal: Piercing, Filing, Drilling, Inlaying, Making blanks, Lathe work, Engraving; Chapter 3: Heating Metal: Annealing, Pickling and quenching, Soldering, Fusing; Chapter 4: Moving Metal: Bending, Hammering, Doming and swagging, Forging, Chasing and repoussé; Chapter 5: Surface Decoration: Texturing, Polishing
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