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Gems and Minerals: Earth Treasures from the Royal Ontario Museum Hardcover – Oct 20 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (Oct. 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554078806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554078806
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 2.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A very handsome and colorful quick reference on many of the minerals and gems of the world.... With superb photographs and excellent mineral references, this text joins a host of other books on gems and minerals and is a fine addition to anyone's reference shelf or coffee table. (Bob Jones Rock and Gem 2012-04-01)

About the Author

Dr. Kimberly Tait is the associate curator of mineralogy at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. She is also assistant professor of geology (status only) at the University of Toronto.

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Format: Hardcover
Would have like more info on gems, particularly coloured, such as sapphires, rubies, emeralds, which are truly rare; also more info on how to determine diamond quality. Is of great interest to amateur geologists.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent photos from a great collection March 21 2014
By Peter D. Tillman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I looked for this book after seeing a series of beautiful photos of the ROM mineral collection at Flickr (links in first comment). It's a winner, with a nice combination of flash and color (the great specimens) and a systematic survey of the world of mineralogy, also with excellent photos. Photo reproduction quality and book design are both excellent, and it's a lot of book for $30. The author is a curator of mineralogy at the ROM, and writes in a clear, direct style. This is the next best thing to visiting the museum -- which I hope to do some day.

This is the best mineral-photo coffee-table book I've seen. Highly recommended.

Happy reading and viewing --
Peter D. Tillman
Professional geologist
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great book; supurb pictures Oct. 14 2012
By Thomas S. Davis - Published on
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This book is a wonderful place to start learning about minerals or a beautiful compendium of knowledge for the expert. Most of us will never own the all the minerals shown, or specimens half as beautiful as the ones illustrated. The introduction was very useful when preparing a lecture for non-scientists recently. I highly recommend this book.

Tom in Cleveland
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EXCELLENT July 11 2013
By Henry - Published on
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Great book, NEW facts on newly named minerals, beautiful pictures & prompt shipping.This book is an outstanding value and an asset to my collection.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Prime coffee table book Feb. 6 2012
By monroe54321 - Published on
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A fantasket book just for the beautiful pictures. I am a chemist with a hobby of geology.
Very empressive to every one. A big heavy book. *****FROM AMAZON*****
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
great April 20 2013
By Brooks - Published on
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As a geologist I love this book for it's great photos and info. For novices and experts alike, it is a great book and knowledge center.