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Gem and Stone

Gem and Stone

Jewels of Earth, Sea, and Sky

By Jen Altman • Foreword by Thomas W. Overton • Illustrations by Heather Smith Jones


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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.

More Details

Size: 9 x 9 in;
Pages: 132 pp;
50 full-color photographs
Format: Hardcover
Publication: August 2012
ISBN: 9781452109077
ISBN10: 1452109079
Jen Altman is a photographer and writer living in North Carolina.

Thomas W. Overton is managing editor at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California.

Heather Smith Jones is a Lawrence, Kansas–based artist.