Gems in the Smithsonian Institution
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Gems in the Smithsonian Institution

By Paul E. Desautels
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Table of Contents
  • Gems in the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
  • CONTENTS
  • 1 THE NATIONAL GEM COLLECTION
  • 2 THE STUDY OF GEMS
    • PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF GEMSTONES
    • CHEMICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF GEMSTONES
  • 3 THE SHAPING OF GEMSTONES
  • 4 GEM SUBSTITUTES
    • IMITATION STONES
    • ASSEMBLED STONES
    • RECONSTRUCTED AND ALTERED STONES
    • SYNTHETIC STONES
  • 5 GEM LORE
  • 6 PRINCIPAL GEM SPECIES
    • DIAMOND
    • PEARL
    • CORUNDUM (RUBY AND SAPPHIRE)
    • BERYL (INCLUDES EMERALD AND AQUAMARINE)
    • TOPAZ
    • OPAL
    • SPINEL
    • QUARTZ (INCLUDES ROCK CRYSTAL, AMETHYST, AND CITRINE)
    • CHRYSOBERYL (INCLUDES ALEXANDRITE AND CAT’S-EYE)
    • TOURMALINE
    • ZIRCON
    • PERIDOT
    • SPODUMENE
    • GARNET
    • JADE
    • CHARACTERISTICS OF SOME COMMON GEMS
    • GEMSTONES FOR THE COLLECTOR
  • 7 SOME NOTABLE GEMS IN THE COLLECTION
  • Transcriber’s Notes
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