Gem and Stone celebrates 50 different gems ranging from
timeless classics like diamond and emerald to exotic beauties
such as lapis lazuli, peridot, and even petrified wood. Altman’s
photographs capture the splendor of each gem alongside
brief text highlighting the stones’ chemical makeups,
metaphysical properties, and associated folklore throughout
human history. Hand-drawn illustrations by Heather Smith
Jones and an insightful foreword by mineralogist Thomas W.
Overton round out this lustrous volume. Rock hounds, new age
practitioners, and contemporary decorators and fashionistas
will all delight in this treasure of a book.