This book presents a vivid survey of the unique histories of the major precious and semiprecious stones. Beginning with prehistoric man's first tools and ending with laser beams and holographs. Among the wealth of material are the colorful myths surrounding Chinese jade, the story of ornamental stones during the Middle Ages, the magnificence of the world's most precious royal collections, the symbolism of stones, stories of beautiful treasures lost, and the real powers of stones used today--plus a chapter on the what, where, and how of collecting. Also includes a guide/ glossary of minerals and stones, and a bibliography.
Inbunden, illustrerad, utg. år 1981. 224 sid. Vacker bok i fint skick. OBS, på engelska.