This beautifully illustrated and informative book on gems and crystals of the American Museum of Natural History is a 25-year update of the original version titled Gems & Crystals from the American Museum of Natural History. This newer edition contains new images and scientific data along with revisions and updates on the original book. George Harlow has focused on gem properties and mineral origins, while Anna Sofianides contributed information on gemstone history, lore, and gem evaluation. Both authors do an admirable job and have provided a wealth of information to the public.

The introduction provides a brief description of...

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