Gemstones: Symbols of Beauty and Power

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Gemstones: Symbols of Beauty and Power

by Eduard Gübelin and Franz-Xaver Erni

“Offers the reader deep insight into the fascinating world of gemstones. It provides exact description of the individual gems and goes into their origins and their extraction. In his graphic style, Eduard Gübelin reports on the events deep inside the earth eons ago that lead to the creation of these superlative, sparkling natural products and their colorful radiance. Even if these wonders of nature can be reduced to chemical formulas, they nevertheless lose nothing of the fascination that they have had for humans since time immemorial. Franz-Xavier Erni offers the reader a spellbinding tale of how gemstones have loyally accompanied humans throughout history. How gemstones have served women as jewelry and men as symbols of their power. The loveliest of gems adorn women’s jewelry as well as the crowns and insignia of worldly and spiritual rulers. This book offers qualified answers to all questions relating to gemstones; it is not only an exciting read but also a reference work that can be consulted as required.”(jacket)

Hard cover, 9.75″ x 12”, 240 pages, copyright 2000