This massive compilation undertaken by editor Michael O’Donoghue is an encyclopedic volume on natural and man-made gems. The book consists of the prefaces of all six editions, thirty-one chapters, four appendices, sixty color plates, and a series of identification tables (17). The editor (in the preface to this latest edition) states that this book is not intended to be a bench manual, but rather “an exhaustive study of those substances both organic and inorganic, natural and man-made, which have at some time been used as ornament.” From my viewpoint, being neither a gemologist nor a jeweler, the book would seem...

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