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Reference Book Analysis 500s Science
Jesse Ventin Library 150 Spring 2008 Week 6
Color Encyclopedia of Gemstones
By Joel E. Arem
Call Number R553.8 AREM
MLA Citation Arem, Joel E. Color Encyclopedia of
Gemstones. 2nd ed. New York Van Nostrand
Reinhold, 1977.
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Indexing
Arrangement
Arrangement is alphabetical. Chapters include
Introduction (Basic information), Sources, and
Thermal Properties.
Includes and alphabetical index (See below), and
a bibliography.
Scope
This book contains information on all sorts of
gemstones. It isn't just basic either. It has
just about anything you could possibly want to
know about gemstones, including a lot of the
scientific data.
Currency
While it was published in 1987, this isn't
information that really changes all that much. I
was unable to locate a newer edition either.
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Purpose
Provide information for gemologists, gem
collectors, jewelers, and gem dealers.
Additional Purposes
This could easily be used by students for
research, or by someone who is trying to identify
something they found.
Format
248 pages. Roughly 11in. Tall. Hardbound.
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Special Features
Oodles. This book includes not only over 300
full-color pictures, but also charts and
information like a periodic table.
Authority/Reviews
Personal Impression
I was unable to find information on the writer
himself, however, I found a couple of older
reviews on Ebsco. One was from Library Journal,
and the other American Libraries. Both were quite
positive.
Very thorough, with beautiful pictures. I like
the large amount of scientific data provided.
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Examples Typifying Reference Uses
  • A person trying to identify a gemstone in a
    piece of jewelery.
  • A student needing information on a particular
    gemstone.

Complementary Sources
There are many, many books out there about
gemstones. However, this one does so well as a
general resource, I tried to find some that were
a little more spedific.
Crowe, Judith. The Jeweler's Directory of
Gemstones A Complete Guide to Appraising and
Using Precious Stones, from Cut and Color to
Shape and Setting. Richmond Hill, Ont Firefly
Books, 2006.
Peschek-Bohmer, Flora, and Gisela Schreiber.
Healing Crystals and Gemstones From Amethyst to
Zircon. Old Saybrook, CT Konecky Konecky,
2003.
Newman, Renee. Gemstone Buying Guide How to
Evaluate, Identify, Select and Care for Colored
Gems. Los Angeles International Jewelry
Publications, 2003.
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