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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)