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Dr. Beauford has spent 20 years as a silversmith, gallery owner, and bead and gemstone retailer, and has personally handcrafted over 10,000 pieces of jewelry. Robert has also pursued a lifelong interest in science. He holds a PhD in Space and Planetary Science from the University of Arkansas and a BS in archeology (anthropology) and minor in linguistics from Southern Methodist University. He has worked in field and laboratory settings in both archeology and paleontology, and is currently an active contributor as a research scientist in the study of meteorites and impact craters. Robert has served as the curator of meteorites at the University of Arkansas, as a writer and co-editor for Meteorite magazine, and as an occasional business, history, and science writer and guest lecturer for a variety of institutions and organizations.
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 20 days after 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)