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GIA (Gemological Institute of America) houses perhaps the world’s most comprehensive collection documenting the history, science, business, and art of gems and jewelry. This online collection from the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center presents some of the most unique and rare books in the library’s collection. GIA is a nonprofit institute dedicated to research and education in gemology and jewelry arts. The Institute’s mission is to ensure the public trust in gems a...


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by Fersman, A. E. (Aleksandr Evgenevich), 1883-1945.
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"Russia's Diamond Treasure is composed of the best portion of the State-Jewels and Regalia, formerly the property of the tsars."--Pt. 1, p. 12 "Official examination [of the Treasure] took place in March-April [1922] ... Description of the whole collection is the personal contribution of the mineralogist A.E. Fersman assisted by S.N. Troinitzky...an​d A.N. Benois... "--Pt. 1, p.12-13. "Experts especially appointed ... expert-​jewellers: A. Fabergé, A. Kolter, B....
Topics: Crown jewels--Russia--Catalogs, Gems--Russia--Catalogs
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by Hendley, Thomas Holbein, 1847-1917
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With 167 plates (32 in colours, 135 in monochrome). Extracted from the Journal of Indian Art, 1906-1909. "It is certainly the largest, most detailed, and lavishly illustrated monograph ever to appear on the subject. The jewelry of each province of India and Burma is carefully examined and described, with citations from works of early travelers and other authorities giving the native terms and synonomies for specific types of jewels, and, in some instances, for gemstones, jewelry-making...
Topic: Jewelry--India--History
A significant and comprehensive work on the folklore and healing properties of gemstones.--description submitted for Facets of GIA exhibit. "An encyclopedic, durable work [...] Apparently Kunz meant this work and its companion volume, Magic of Jewels and Charms [...] to be the ultimate compilations of everything worth knowing on the curious lore of gemstones, and in justice to his effort, it can be said that no works compare to them, even to this day."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry...
Topics: Gems--Folklore, Gems
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by Quénioux, Gaston
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830 gravures, 2 planches en couleurs.
Topics: Decorative arts--France, Decoration and ornament, Art--France
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"Illustrated by coloured plate and woodcuts." "The evidence which is offered by the animals as to the geography and climate of Europe, which I have published from time to time in the works of the Palµontographic​al Society, the Geological Journal, and in the Popular science, British quarterly, and Edinburgh reviews, is collected together in this work ..."--Preface. Includes bibliographical references.
Topics: Europe--Antiquities, Man, Prehistoric--Europe, Caves
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by Studer, Paul, 1879-1927
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"There are three types of mediaeval lapidary [one who studies gemstones] - the mineralogical, the symbolic and the astrological-​are represented in Anglo-Norman versions. Thirteen different lapidaries, complete or fragmentary, have come down to us."--p. xviii "The true severance between magic and science can only be made when magic becomes wilfully irrational, and the eleventh century was an Age of Faith and not of reason in the whole sphere of exact knowledge."--p. xv....
Topic: Lapidaries (Medieval literature)
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by Kozminsky, Isidore
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39 specimens in color and 22 other illustrations. "An outstanding work, comparable to Kunz's Curious Lore or Magic in respect to authenticity & accuracy of information but not so large in size. Even so, it contains a wealth of material, some of it not to be found in the Kunz works mentioned and making it a desirable complement to them."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 3552. Partial contents: Study of precious stones in early times -- The most ancient science -- The ephod of...
Topics: Precious stones, Gems, Charms
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by Fersman, A. E. (Aleksandr Evgenevich), 1883-1945
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Volume 1 of 2.  Volume 2:  https://archive.org/details/DragotsennyeiTsvetnyeKamniRossiiTom2 Summary: "This monumental work, still unsuperseded even by modern works published in the USSR, was prepared by Fersman to place on record all of the important facts that he could locate on the gemstones of the USSR for the purpose of publicizing these resources and encouraging exploitation to aid the economic recovery after the Revolution."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 2041. ...
Topic: Precious stones--Former Soviet republics
Mit 122 lithographierten Tafeln. 2. durchfesehene & ergänzte aufl.
Topics: Alchemy, Astrology
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"[I]t is undisputed that our knowledge of ancient gemology is solidly based on the last book, Book 37, in [Pliny's] treatise."--Gemology, J. Sinkankas, p. 814. Partial contents: L. XXXIII. Naturae metallorum.--L. XXXIV. AEris metalla, & ferri, & plumbi, & stanni.--L. XXXVI. Naturae lapidum et luxuriae marmorum. XXXVII. Origo gemmarum.
Topics: Natural history--Pre-Linnean works, Precious stones--Early works to 1800
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Adapted from the English translation of Philemon Holland, London, 1601.--p. v With reproduction of t.p. of the Adam Islip 1601 ed. of the Historie of the world. "Published posthumously from materials assembled and edited by Kay Swindler of the Gemological Institute staff but her services not mentioned."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 333. Partial contents: The author, Pliny the Elder.-- Authorities cited by Pliny -- Pliny as a mineralogist and gem expert -- Roman jewelry...
Topics: Gemology, Mineralogy--Early works to 1800
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by Tagore, Sourindro Mohun, 1840-1914
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Part 1 of 2. Part 2 available at:  https://archive.org/details/Mani-malaOrATreatiseOnGemsPartIi/page/n10 "Bibliography of precious stones": v. 2, p. 988-1015; "List of works consulted": v. 2, p. 1034-1037. "On all counts one of the most remarkable and important works on gems ever published, particularly so because its Indian author stresses the knowledge of gems and their cultural significance in the Indian lands. [...] It is the product of many years research in...
Topic: Gems
Quaritch's general catalogue ; pt. 2. Books on gems included in physical and mathematical sciences section; also sections on mining and metallurgy, and occult sciences. See index for additional subject listings.
Topics: Natural history--Bibliography--Catalogs, Mines and mining--Bibliography--Catalogs, Precious...
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by Sinkankas, John, 1915-2002
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Originally published: Radnor, Pa. : Chilton Book Co., c1981. "...over 700 references to beryl are presented. In addition, Sinkankas includes an appendix of beryl nomenclature, listing over 500 names for beryl that he encountered during his research. [This book] is the ultimate reference on beryl and is a definite must for the library of anyone interested in gems."--Gems & Gemology, Winter 1981, p. 242. Appendix on derivation of names and terms. Includes bibliographical references...
Topics: Emeralds, Beryl
Includes index (p. 2).
Topics: Diamonds--Catalogs, Jewelry--Catalogs, Diamonds--Prices, Jewelry--Prices, Clocks and...
32nd Annual Catalogue 1888
Topics: Jewelry--Catalogs, Jewelers--United States--19th century
GIA
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Volume 3 of 3. An encyclopedic three-volume history of 19th century French jewelry, written by a noted French jeweler with numerous high quality black & white photographs and illustrations. Contents: I. Consulat. Empire. Restauration. Louis-Philippe.--II. Le second empire.--III. La troisieme republique. Vol 2-3 paged continuously. Volume 1:  https://archive.org/details/LaBijouterieFrancaiseAuXixeSiecle1800-1900I.Consulat.Empire Volume 2: ...
Topics: Jewelry--History--19th century--France, Costume--History--19th century--France
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by J. Lynn & Co.
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Jewelry trade catalog.
Topics: Jewelers--Catalogs, Jewelers--19th century
Edited and compiled by William Borsodi.
Topics: Jewelry--Marketing--Handbooks, manuals, etc., manuals, etc.
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by Raymond, Jehan
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Art Nouveau designs for leather work. Each plate accompanied by guard sheet with outline drawing of objects represented. Partial contents: Porte-​cartes.-​-​Cadres.-​-​Porte-​monnaie.-​-​Boites a cigarettes. Boites a allumettes.-​-​Trousses de poche pour couture.-​-​Buvards et sous-​main.-​-​Porte-​cigares et porte-​cigarettes.-​-​Reliures.-​-​Ceintures. Boutons et coupe-​papier.-​-​Calendriers et blocs-​notes.-​-​Rouleaux a...
Topics: Art nouveau, Leather work
This edition noted in Gemology, by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 4891. The most important poem, or hymn, for the gemologist is the Lithica, "where in 770 lines the virtues of some thirty gems are set forth with considerable allusion to magic...From the content, the form, the viewpoint and the style of this poem, it is most apparent the composer could only have lived...before the Emperor Constantine and not long after Emperor Valentine."--Gemology, by J. Sinkankas, v. 2, p. 775.
Topics: Precious stones--Poetry, Precious stones--Early works to 1800, Precious stones--Therapeutic...
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by Tagore, Sourindro Mohun, 1840-1914
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Part 2 of 2. Part I available at:  https://archive.org/details/Mani-malaOrATreatiseOnGemsPartI/page/n22 "Bibliography of precious stones": v. 2, p. 988-1015; "List of works consulted": v. 2, p. 1034-1037. "On all counts one of the most remarkable and important works on gems ever published, particularly so because its Indian author stresses the knowledge of gems and their cultural significance in the Indian lands. [...] It is the product of many years research in...
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Jewelers' Circular, the first jewelry trade magazine, was founded in 1870. It had 4 roots: 1) the American Horological Journal, founded in 1869 and later merged with The Jewelers' Circular. 2) The Jewelers' Weekly, founded in 1885 and 3) The Jewelers' Review, founded in 1887. 4) The Keystone was established as a house organ in 1881.-​-​Jewelers' Circular-​Keystone, January 1935, p. 41. Name of publisher varies: Robert W. Robins (1887-1888) -- S. H. Steele (1893-1894) -- B. Thorpe...
Topics: Jewelry trade--Periodicals, Clocks and watches--Periodicals
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by Bratley, Geo. H. (George H.)
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"A most interesting work, much valued for its subject matter and the views of its author who states, in the preface, that 'much of the matter in Sections II. and III. is original, and the outcome of years of study and investigation.'​"-​-​Gemology by J. Sinknakas, entry no. 900. "First section on historical charms, ie, jewelry, gems and coins, vases, goblets, weapons, stones, buildings, skulls, animals, and other curious objects supposed to possess inherent supernatural...
Topics: Gems--Folklore, Gems--Religious aspects, Jewelry
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Jewelry catalog by the company, Baird-North Co., Providence, R. I.
Topics: Baird-North Co.--Catalogs, Jewelers--Catalogs, Jewelry--Catalogs, Jewelers--United States--Rhode...
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Partial contents: Old World roots of the American cut -- Mechanization, ingenuity, and Henry Dutton Morse -- More innovations and the emergence of optics -- Merchandising and the early years of the American cut -- Tolkowsky, Shipley, and GIA -- Putting it all together : appearance, proportions, and the American cut.
Topics: Morse, Henry D., 1826-1888, Shipley, Robert M. (Robert Morill), 1887-1978, Wade, Frank B.,...
"A rare book."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 1255.  "Psychological properties of minerals 223-65, same for gemstones 267-320, the last including topaz, amethyst, coral, rock crystal, emerald, diamond, ruby, turquoise, sapphire, red garnet and carbuncle. For each is given some curious lore, sometimes a little mineralogical information, and a discussion of the influence of these upon the wearer and also a synbolic [sic] line drawing, reminiscent of the kind alchemists...
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Topics: Occultism, Gems--Therapeutic use, Gems--Folklore
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by S. Kind & Sons
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At head of page: S. Kind & Sons - 1110 Chestnut Street - Philadelphia. S. Kind & Sons was in business from 1872-1964. Missing pages 1-6, 53/54.
Topics: Jewelers--Catalogs, Jewelry--United States--History--20th century--Catalogs,...
"[T]his is the first independent gemological book written or published by an [sic] British author. The text is distinctly in two parts, the first being a general treatise on gemstones in 25 unnumbered chapters, while the second...contains 89 numbered chapters, each describing a gemstone, stone, fossil, or other substance then regarded as valuable and classed with precious stones...Here also Nicols gives adulterations, nomenclature, varieties, sources, properties (real & imaginary!),...
Topics: Gems--Early works to 1800, Lapidaries (Medieval literature), Precious stones--Early works to 1800
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Catalog items numbered: 300-737. Mon. Augte. Gross fondée en 1860
Topics: Jewelry--Catalogs, Gold jewelry--Catalogs, Chains (Jewelry)--Catalogs
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Volume 1 of 5. For more information on this work, see Conklin's article James Sowerby, his publications and collections, Mineralogical Record, vol. 26, no. 4 (July-August 1995), p. 85-105.
Topic: Mineralogy--Great Britain
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Volume 1 of 3.  An encyclopedic three-volume history of 19th century French jewelry, written by a noted French jeweler with numerous high quality black & white photographs and illustrations. Contents: I. Consulat. Empire. Restauration. Louis-​Philippe.-​-​II. Le second empire.--III. La troisieme republique. Volume 1 includes loose 4 page pamphlet advertising the three-volume set. Volume 2:  https://archive.org/details/LaBijouterieFrancaiseAuXixeSiecle1800-1900.Ii.LeSecondEmpire...
Topics: Jewelry--History--19th century--France, Costume--History--19th century--France
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by Sinkankas, John, 1915-2002
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Volume 1 of 2. Volume 2:  https://archive.org/details/GemologyAnAnnotatedBibliographyVol2
Topics: Gems--Bibliography, Precious stones--Bibliography
Winter's school of jewelry engraving.
Topics: Engraving (Metal-work), Jewelry making, Metal-work, Winter Engraving Company, Winter School of...
Volume 5 of 5. "This monumental work describes the minerals of France and its colonies, including Madagascar; numerous gemstones are included, especially from Madagascar, but more complete information is found in Lacroix's work on them minerals of Madagascar ... Among many topographical mineralogies that have been published this work stands without peer, being extremely thorough, neglecting no important aspect, and lavishly illustrated."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 3736.
Topics: Mineralogy--France, Mineralogy--France--Colonies
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by Paracelsus, 1493-1541
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Partial contents: I. Von naturlichen Dingen.--II. Beschreibung etlicher Kreuter.--III. Von Metallen.--IIII. Von Mineralen.--V. Von edlen Gesteinen.
Topics: Alchemy--Early works to 1800, Metals--Early works to 1800, Metals--Therapeutic use--Early works to...
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"36 plates in a series." "A curious volume that appears to be pre-publication proof or perhaps a catalog of designs. In any case, a lovely and comprehensive array of works from a very desirable period of jewelry design".--lot description.
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Topics: Jewelry--20th century--France, Jewelry--Design
Partial contents: Metallurgy of gold.--Prices, alloys, gold alloys, gold melting.-​-​Rolling and slitting gold.--The workshop and tools.-​-​Filigree wire-​drawing.-​-​Manufacture of personal ornaments.-​-​Finger rings.-​-​Mounting and setting.-​-​Mayoral chains and cvic insignia.-- Antique jewellery and its revival.-​-​Manufacture of gold chains.-​-​Precious stones.-​-​Cutting diamonds and other precious gems.-​-​Polishing and finishing.-​-​Chasing,...
Topics: Goldwork, Jewelry, Valuation, Assaying
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Sixty-eight plates without text. Missing the following plates: 5, 7, 8, 29, 30, 32, 34, 35, 38, 40, 41, 43, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 54, 56, 59, 61, 63, 65, 68. With the exception of plates 29, 30, and 32, all other missing plates have been replaced with photocopies. 2 tissue plates labeled Planche 1, Planche 2 included at end.
Topics: Jewelry, Jewelry--Design--Europe
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"Issued to celebrate the crowning of King Edward VII (1841-1910) in August 1902; it contains much original artwork specially created for the occasion, not to mention the elaborate decoration of the book itself. The first chapter treats crowns and thrones generally, followed by a chapter on the regalia, and others on ceremonies."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 4024.
Topic: Coronations--Great Britain
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"The text covers the entire span of ancient to modern knowledge of the pearl, its host, formation, the natural history of the several shellfish, salt- and fresh-water, methods of fishing, preparation of pearls, marketing, fashion, lore, and many other topics directly or indirectly related to the central theme... [a] truly monumental work..."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 3690.
Topic: Pearls
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"This edition, printed on hand-made paper, consists of 150 copies, and is for private circulation only. This copy is no. 133." "The whole of the Plates in this book have been engraved by Hallett Hyatt, of 111 Oxford Street, London. All the photographs have been taken by him, and the whole of the hand-coloured facsimiles were painted under his surpevision. The book has been printed at the Chiswick Press. The Index has been prepared by Miss Lillian Mackie."--p. [vi] Partial...
Topics: Morgan, John Pierpont, 1837-1913, Gems, Jewelry, Art objects--Private collections
"[Biringucci's] work is the first comprehensive treatise on the fire-using arts and is considered one of the classics in the history of science and technology. The first edition appeared in 1540, and was followed by a printing in 1550 and [this] printing of 1558. Biringucci stresses the use of mineral and metals in the arts; their alloying, working, and the art of casting. He provides the earliest account of the method of typecasting and the making of statutes, medallions and...
Topics: Metallurgy--Early works to 1800, Metal-work--Early works to 1800, Mineral industries--Early works...
GIA
by S. Kind & Sons
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At head of page: S. Kind & Sons - 1110 Chestnut Street - Philadelphia. S. Kind & Sons was in business from 1872-1964. Missing pages 1-12, 17/18, 27/28, 43/44, 73/74, 99/100.
Topics: Jewelers--Catalogs, Jewelry--United States--History--20th century--Catalogs,...
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by S. Kind & Sons
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At head of page: S. Kind & Sons - 1110 Chestnut Strteet - Philadelphia. S. Kind & Sons was in business from 1872-1964. Lacking cover and missing page 43/44.
Topics: Jewelers--Catalogs, Jewelry--United States--History--20th century--Catalogs,...
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B. & H. B. Kent, diamond merchants and jewelers. "Desirable gold and silver articles; watches and diamond jewelry"
Topics: Jewelry--Catalogs, Diamonds--Catalogs
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Ouvrage illustré d'un Frontispice en couleurs et de 12 planches hors texte. "A thorough catalogue of the [French] jewelry exhibited at the Milan 1906 Exposition, including contemporary works by Fouquet, Paul Templier, L. Vaguer, Wolfers Freres and others. Ancient and medieval jewelry is also included as well as ethnic jewelry."--J.M. Cohen Rare Books website. "Engraved color frontispiece of the bracelet by Fouquet, designed by Alphonse Mucha for Sarah Bernhardt, first exhibited...
Topics: Jewelry--France--History, Jewelry--Italy--Exhibitions, Jewelry--Design--France--History, Exposition...
Black Letter (Fraktur) and Roman letters. "Quite rare."--lot 356 description, Pacific Book Auction Galleries (Sept. 1999). Auctore Martino Rulando.
Topic: Alchemy--Dictionaries--Early works to 1800
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Volume 3 of 4. Translation of: Resa uti Europa, Africa, Asia. Includes glossaries, phrases, and vocabularies of the Malay language (v. 2) and the Chinese language (v. 4) Contents: v.1. Containing a voyage to to the southern parts of Europe and to the Cape of Good Hope in Africa, in the years 1770, 1771, 1772, 1773. -- v.2. Containing two expeditions to the interior part of the country adjacent to the Cape of Good Hope, and a voyage to the Island of Java; performed in the years 1773, 1774, and...
Topics: Thunberg, Carl Peter, 1743-1828--Journeys, Voyages and travels--Early works to 1800, Precious...
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by Sinkankas, John, 1915-2002
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Volume 2 of 2. Volume 1:  https://archive.org/details/GemologyAnAnnotatedBibliography
Topics: Gems--Bibliography, Precious stones--Bibliography
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by Guidus, Joannes, the elder
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"'...Guidi was a jurisconsult and the volume is chiefly concerned with legal questions involving alchemists, gems, and so forth.' [Thorndike, History of Magic, 7, 252]"--Gemology, by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 2608. Partial contents: Liber I. De metallarus; De artificius metallorum; De alchimistis.--Lib. II. De metallis; De auro, & argento; De gemmis; De ferro, & armis; De salinis.--Lib. III. De moneta; De thesauris; De rebus aureis, & argenteis; De ornamentis; De vistibus...
Topics: Alchemy--Italy--History, Mineralogy--Early works to 1800, Gems--Early works to 1800, Precious...
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by Rosenthal, Léonard, 1870-1955
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[Deluxe ed.] First 12 plates preceded by transparent guard sheet with descriptive letterpress. Publication date and edition statement taken from Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 5562. Partial contents: L'émeraude -- Le rubis -- Le saphir -- Les gemmes et leurs vertus -- Les pierres gravées -- La magie et les superstitions -- Le prix des gemmes. Un torrent de pierreries -- Le bijou. Splendid color plates of Léon Carré, dated 1922-23, inserted in the text at appropriate places... set of 12...
Topics: Gems, Emeralds, Rubies, Sapphires, Glyptics, Folk-lore
"One of the earliest printed books on mineralogy and the first published in Sweden...The third book...concerns itself with all manner of stones but actually is on gemstones mostly."--Gemology, by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 2183.
Topics: Mineralogy--Early works to 1800, Precious stones--Early works to 1800
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by Follot, Paul
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12 colored plates heightened by hand, and 12 black-and-white plates of Art Nouveau jewelry and decorative items. Publication date provided in lot description.
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Topics: Art nouveau, Jewelry--Europe--Design--History--19th century, Jewelry--Europe--Design--History--20th...
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by Younghusband, G. J. (George John), 1859-1944
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Edition de-Luxe Partial contents: The coronation -- The regalia -- The royal crowns -- The royal sceptres -- The royal orbs -- The lesser regalia -- The king's plate -- The greater gems in the jewel house -- The Throne of England -- The regal vestments.
Topic: Crown jewels--Great Britain
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An introductory account of the origin & object of the treatises and of Cellini's position as a craftsman and author by C.R. Ashbee. Colophon: Here end The treatises of Benvenuto Cellini on metal work and sculpture, made into English from the Italian of the Marcian codex by C.R. Ashbee, and printed by him at the Guild's Press at Essex House, with the assistance of Lawrence Hodson who sought to keep living the traditions of good printing refounded by William Morris, the master craftsman, and...
Topics: Goldwork, Sculpture
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by Chas. B. Engel (Firm)
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Topic: Jewelry--Catalogs
"Greatly enlarged with additional engravings and bound-in plates, the latter in the large text section on hitherto unpublished antiquities."--Gemology, by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 1517.
Topics: Horus, Classical antiquities--Early works to 1800, Glyptics--Early works to 1800
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"82 figurer i texten och 3 tabeller." "The economic minerals, in a short treatise for students in technical schools and providing brief descriptions of nonmetallic minerals, including gemstones."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 2261.
Topics: Minerals--Handbooks, manuals, etc., Mineralogy--Handbooks, manuals, etc., manuals, etc.
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Lithiaka was original title. This is a later printing in which "Lithiaka" is dropped from title.--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 410. Partial contents: Pt. 1. General history of gems: Introduction -- Precious stones among the ancients -- Precious stones among the Romans -- Gems among the Gauls, Goths, and Franks -- The 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th centuries --The 16th century -- The 16th and 17th centuries -- The 18th century -- The 18th and 19th centuries. Partial contents: Pt. 2....
Topics: Precious stones, Gems
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by Marbode, Bishop of Rennes, 1035?-1123
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"[B]riefly describes 60 gemstones...and gives for each their magical and medicinal virtues."--Gemology, by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 4168.
Topics: Gems--Early works to 1800, Gems--Poetry, Lapidaries (Medieval literature), Medicine, magic, mystic,...
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by J. R. Wood & Sons
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J. R. Wood & Sons catalog. 1919. Catalog is primarily finished jewelry for sale to jewelers. Color and clarity grades for rough diamond (p. 18-19); value charts for color and clarity of rough (p. 20-21). "Highest grade Japanese cultured pearls"--p. [140] Twelve leaves of order forms bound in at end of book.
Topics: J. R. Wood & Sons--Catalogs, Jewelry--Catalogs, Diamonds--Valuation--Tables, Jeweler's...
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by Cronstedt, Axel Fredrik, 1722-1765
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Using the blowpipe as an aid in identifying minerals, Cronstedt presents the first systematic chemical classification of minerals-​-​bookseller's descr.
Topic: Mineralogy--Early works to 1800
Written by Uno von Troil ... to which are added the letters of Dr. Ihre and Dr. Bach [i. e. Bäck] to the author, concerning the Edda and the elephantiasis of Iceland ; also Professor Bergman's curious observations and chemical examination of the lava and other substances produced on the island ; with a new map of the island, and a representation of the remarkable boiling fountain called by the inhabitants geyser. Translated from the German version: Briefe welche eine von Herrn Dr. Uno von...
Topics: Geology--Iceland, Iceland-Description and travel, Iceland--Bibliography
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"Very scarce."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 1273.
Topic: Diamonds
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12th ed., entirely rev. and enl. "Containing hundreds of private receipts and formulas compiled from the best and most reliable sources. Complete directions for using all the latest tools, attachments and devices for watchmakers and jewelers."-​-​title page. Includes index. First edition published in 1893--preface.
Topic: Clock and watch making--Encyclopedias
Topics: Clock and watch making--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs, Jewelry making--Equipment and...
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Introduction signed: Bower Marsh. "One hundred and fifty copies only of 'Memorial rings' have been printed at my private press."
Topic: Rings
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Twenty photographs from the original drawings in The British Museum. "Issued essentially as a pattern book to be used in 'schools of art and amateurs'".--lot description.
Topics: Art nouveau, Jewelry--Europe--Design--History--19th century, Jewelry--Europe--Design--History--20th...
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by Lacroix, Alfred, 1863-1948
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Volume 1 of 3. Contents: t. 1. Geologie, mineralogie descriptive. 1922.--t. 2. Mineralogie appliquee lithologie. 1922.--t. 3. Lithologie. Appendice. Index geographiques. 1923.
Topic: Mineralogy--Madagascar
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"A large and highly important treatise on gemstones, the first in a long series of editions, from the hand of the well-known and wealthy London jeweler."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 6394. "Streeter [...] penned a work that won instant popularity, not only for its easy, readable content of almost impeccable accuracy, but also for its inclusions of interesting anecdotes from his personal experience and remarks of a practical nature on the business of buying and...
Topics: Precious stones--History, Gems--History
"Magnificently illustrated auction catalog of the impressive precious stone jewelry and several watches that belonged to Princess Vera Lobanoff de Rostoff (or Lobanov-âDolgoruki, or Dolgorukov), of the Dolgorouky princely family of Russia... the catalog lists and briefly describes 280 lots, of which the major pieces are pearl necklaces, rivieres, colliers, and others, set with diamonds, and a few single items of great beauty and merit that are set with sapphires, emeralds, rubies,...
Topics: Lobanov-Rostovsky, Vera N., 1836-1914--Private collections, Pearls--Private collections,...
Topics: Hairdressing, Hair-work
"First part: general gemology, crystallography​, properties, lapidary treatment, defects in cut stones, synthetics, imitations, etc, trade names, some curious lore... Second part: descriptive, commencing with diamond and progressing through the major gemstones to those that are of lesser importance or even rare...."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 5362. "First & second parts as before but the third part now provides gem identification tables with color as the...
Topic: Precious stones
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by Encyclopedia Britannica
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Article from: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 3rd ed. (1797), vol. XII. With: Supplement to the third edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica : mineralogy, vol. II (1803), p. 191-264.
Topics: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, Mineralogy--Early works to 1800, Mineralogy--Encyclopedias--Early...