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A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public   By: (1875-)

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"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade is a comprehensive guide that delves into the captivating world of gemstones. The author's passion for the subject shines through the pages as he combines historical anecdotes, scientific insights, and practical advice for jewelers and enthusiasts alike.

Wade's expertise as a gemologist is evident as he covers a wide range of gemstones, from the well-known favorites such as diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, to lesser-known gems like tanzanite and peridot. His attention to detail is admirable, as he offers in-depth information on each gem's origin, history, physical characteristics, and cutting techniques. This wealth of knowledge makes it an invaluable resource for those in the jewelry industry.

What sets this book apart is Wade's ability to strike a balance between technical information and accessibility. While the content may appeal to professionals seeking specific technical details, the author manages to present the material in a manner that even the gem-loving public can understand. Wade does a commendable job of explaining complex terms and concepts, providing clarity without overwhelming his readers.

The inclusion of vibrant color photographs throughout the book is a definite highlight. These well-captured images enhance the author's descriptions and allow readers to develop a deeper appreciation for the featured gemstones. Whether admiring the mesmerizing blue of a sapphire or the fiery red of a garnet, the visual aesthetic of the book enhances the overall reading experience.

One minor criticism is the occasional repetition of certain information. While it may be necessary for clarification in some cases, it can feel slightly redundant for readers who already possess a basic understanding of gemstones. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall quality of the book.

In conclusion, "A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in the fascinating world of gemstones. The author's comprehensive knowledge, combined with his clear and accessible writing style, makes this book a must-read for jewelry professionals and enthusiasts alike. Offering a captivating blend of history, science, and practical advice, Wade's expertise shines through every page, making this book a true gem in its own right.

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By Frank B. Wade

Diamonds A Text Book of Precious Stones




Head of the Department of Chemistry, Shortridge High School, Indianapolis, Ind. Author of "Diamonds: A Study of the Factors That Govern Their Value"


G. P. Putnam's Sons New York and London The Knickerbocker Press

Copyright, 1918 by Frank B. Wade

First printing, January, 1918 Second " March, 1924


Made in the United States of America


In this little text book the author has tried to combine the trade information which he has gained in his avocation, the study of precious stones, with the scientific knowledge bearing thereon, which his vocation, the teaching of chemistry, has compelled him to master.

In planning and in writing the book, every effort has been made to teach the fundamental principles and methods in use for identifying precious stones, in as natural an order as possible. This has been done in the belief that the necessary information will thus be much more readily acquired by the busy gem merchant or jeweler than would have been the case had the material been arranged in the usual systematic order. The latter is of advantage for quick reference after the fundamentals of the subject have been mastered... Continue reading book >>

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