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The Story of the Gems - A Popular Handbook is a brilliant resource for the budding enthusiast and seasoned expert alike, containing a wealth of information on the properties of gems combined with a plethora of beautiful photographs. A veritable must-have for anyone with an interest in gemmology, this rare book is both informative and accessible, making it a great addition to any collection of such texts. Chapters contained herein include: Antique use of Gems, The Art of the Lapidary, The Forms in which Gems are Cut, The Diamond, and Famous Diamonds of the World, Precious Stones other than Diamonds, The Semiprecious Stones, Unusual Gem Stones, Organic Products used as Gems, and many more. We have elected this text for modern republication due to its immense educational value, and are proud to republish it here complete with a new introduction to the topic.