Here is a book that any serious mineral collector may contemplate having in their library, or better yet, resting on their coffee table. The color plate photography of this book is just that breathtaking. Although the editors don’t state a specific goal for this English-edition book, they do state a few of the issues that are tackled by the various authors. These questions include: What is emerald, how does emerald form, where is emerald found, where are the richest deposits located, is it possible to determine the origin of an emerald, what separates green beryl from emerald, how are emeralds...

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