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Robert Beauford has spent 20 years as a silversmith, wholesaler, and retailer in the gem and jewelry trade, and has handcrafted thousands of pieces of jewelry, many of which have been centered on turquoise. In addition to his artistic interests, which also include drawing, painting, and music, Robert has a substantial background in the sciences. He holds a BS in archeology (anthropology) and a minor in linguistics from Southern Methodist University, worked briefly as a paleontologist, and has pursued a passionate lifelong interest in mineralogy and geosciences. In addition to serving as a writer and co-editor for Meteorite magazine (www.meteoritemag.org), Robert has served as an occasional business, history, and science writer for a variety of other publications. He is also an active, published research scientist in the fields of meteorites and impact craters, and has served as the curator of meteorites at the University of Arkansas, where he pursues doctoral studies in the exogeological aspects of Space and Planetary Sciences. He supports himself as a small business owner of an art gallery, and is an occasional guest lecturer and an enthusiastic outdoorsman.
on July 12, 2013 :
This intelligent, easy-to-read book explains the complexities of what most consider a well-known gem. While almost anyone would say they can identify turquoise, Beauford demonstrates it isn't as easy as it appears.
The cultural history of the gem is fascinating. Beauford's love of the subject and his approach from both a jeweler's perspective and as a scientist, make the technical material just as intriguing.
As a novice in the retail gem trade I found this book an invaluable tool. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves turquoise or who might wish to learn more about a familiar stone with unrealized complexity.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 09, 2013 :
A glimpse into the wonderful world of turguoise with the right balance between scholarship and love of the subject.
(reviewed the day of purchase)