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.
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.