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Excerpt from Diamonds and Precious Stones: A Popular Account of Gems; Containing Their History, Their Distinctive Properties, and a Description of the Most Famous Gems; Gem Cutting and Engraving, and the Artifical Production of Real and of Counterfeit Gems It would be easy for any one who had sufficiently prepared himself by previous study to write a purely scientific work Excerpt from Diamonds and Precious Stones: A Popular Account of Gems; Containing Their History, Their Distinctive Properties, and a Description of the Most Famous Gems; Gem Cutting and Engraving, and the Artifical Production of Real and of Counterfeit Gems It would be easy for any one who had sufficiently prepared himself by previous study to write a purely scientific work on the subject of precious stones; but this is not the intention of the present writer, who aims at interesting a wider class of readers than a work of the kind indicated would reach. In addition to the strictly scientific information to be given regarding precious stones, there are connected with them a great many facts not less interesting, and equally important for the public to know. To these we have devoted several sections of the following work. In our times precious stones are used almost exclusively for the purpose of ornament, but in former times the case was very different. By reference to the authors of antiquity, as well as to those of the middle ages and the Renaissance, we have shown the important part that they then played, and what ideas prevailed regarding them. From the thousands of fables and superstitions of which precious stones have been the subject, we have selected a certain number. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.


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Excerpt from Diamonds and Precious Stones: A Popular Account of Gems; Containing Their History, Their Distinctive Properties, and a Description of the Most Famous Gems; Gem Cutting and Engraving, and the Artifical Production of Real and of Counterfeit Gems It would be easy for any one who had sufficiently prepared himself by previous study to write a purely scientific work Excerpt from Diamonds and Precious Stones: A Popular Account of Gems; Containing Their History, Their Distinctive Properties, and a Description of the Most Famous Gems; Gem Cutting and Engraving, and the Artifical Production of Real and of Counterfeit Gems It would be easy for any one who had sufficiently prepared himself by previous study to write a purely scientific work on the subject of precious stones; but this is not the intention of the present writer, who aims at interesting a wider class of readers than a work of the kind indicated would reach. In addition to the strictly scientific information to be given regarding precious stones, there are connected with them a great many facts not less interesting, and equally important for the public to know. To these we have devoted several sections of the following work. In our times precious stones are used almost exclusively for the purpose of ornament, but in former times the case was very different. By reference to the authors of antiquity, as well as to those of the middle ages and the Renaissance, we have shown the important part that they then played, and what ideas prevailed regarding them. From the thousands of fables and superstitions of which precious stones have been the subject, we have selected a certain number. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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