By Michael O’Donoghue (auth.)
Gemstones is the 1st try in English to compile the geological, mineralogical and gemmological advancements that experience taken position over the last thirty years. even though there were many gemstone books released in that point, so much were involved, understandably and rightly, with the technology of gem checking out and feature lined that region rather well. info of the geological prevalence of a few of the vintage gem stones, and of approximately all these that have just recently been chanced on, were much less appropriately handled. assurance has been constrained to a few papers in a large choice of geological and mineralogical journals. gem stones hopes to get the stability correct. within the practise of the e-book the entire journals and monographs within the box were consulted in order that the publication may still stand for a few years because the authority to which gemmologists and others flip within the first example. Ease of reference and intensity of assurance make gem stones either a reference ebook and a bench booklet. Acknow ledgements i'm thankful to Brian Jackson of the dep. of Geology, Royal Museums of Scotland who learn the manuscript and painstakingly indicated locations the place modification or alteration used to be wanted. i'm additionally thankful to the publishers of the books on which the road illustrations are dependent. the color plates found in the e-book derive from a couple of assets, which i want to recognize as follows. Plates 1, 4-15 and 17 Crown copyright reserved.
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Stones with an RI higher 45 Gemstones and light than that of the contact liquid or the glass are said to give a negative reading. Some stones stubbornly refuse to show satisfactory refractometer readings. This may be due to some eccentricity of polishing - coated stones are unlikely to give a response and this coating (which has a different RI from that of the main body of the stone) can often be removed with jeweller's rouge (powdered hematite). Real and apparent depths Where a microscope with calibrated fine focus adjustment is available the direct measurement of refractive index is possible.
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