by Kimberly Tait
A profusely illustrated and remarkably comprehensive guide to nature's most stunning jewels.
Under the right conditions, over millions of years, geological activity can form extremely striking and amazing minerals. Once they have formed, these rare giants can be destroyed by the very forces that created them. Few survive, and even fewer are discovered and collected undamaged. This book is a comprehensive illustrated guide to 260 outstanding examples of gems and minerals from the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum.
Gems and Minerals contains more than 400 photographs and focuses on the beauty of the mineral kingdom. It contains many images of spectacular crystals and gems as well as magnificent manufactured objects made from gold, silver and gemstones. Historical background, the origin of the mineral's name and interesting lesser-known facts complete this guide to a fascinating aspect of the natural world around us.
- Publisher : Firefly Books; Illustrated edition (Oct. 20 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1554078806
- ISBN-13 : 978-1554078806
- Item weight : 1.51 kg
- Dimensions : 25.4 x 2.24 x 25.4 cm