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Smithsonian Handbook of Gemstones


Smithsonian Handbook of Gemstones

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The Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Gemstones is packed with more than 800 vivid full-color photographs of more than 130 varieties of cut and uncut stones, organic gemstones, and precious metals. With authoritative text, clear photography, and a systematic
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