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.
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Turquoise Stone of Heaven
This book offers an in-depth look at the geology and cultural history of one of humanity’s oldest and most beautiful gemstones, by an author with twenty years of experience as a jeweler, gem and mineral retailer, and research scientist.
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