From 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.
Smithsonian Rock and Gem