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Book of Gemstones


#1

I have been looking for the name of a comprehensive book of Precious
and Semi-Precious stones shown in the polished state (ready to set).
Hopefully it will have been published recently and it would be a real
plus if it had some of the local (slang names) for the stones and
maybe even fossils. Would some kind soul share the name with me?

Richard Langbert (Florida)


#2

Revised “Gemstones of the World”–Schumann is due out in
December… Dunno about fossils…or calibrated size stones…

I honestly have no idea as to how this publish will be…

My current copy is beat up due to use…Best $20 I’ve ever spent…

You might want to hit Amazon and sign up for the release…

Under $20…Hardcover…

Or you can do the catalog run thing…

Rio, Fire Mountain, Tripps…and some other folks I don’t deal
with, but who will fix you up as basic customer service…

If you have a B&M shop…and lotsa references…

I understand the latest from Stuller is hardbound, but they don’t
care about any of my business… I’m honestly only a couple-three
grand a year…and I have a day job not in the jewelry industry…

I understand where they’re coming from…

Gary W. Bourbonais
A.J.P. (GIA)


#3

My favorite has always been the Schumann - Gemstones of the World
and there is a brand new edition out this month. There are gemstones
in it that I have never seen and probably never will. Every "new"
stone the shopping networks “discover” have all been in the old
copy. It is small enough to take to a gem show with you…can you
tell I like this book?


#4

Richard, my nominee for your book of stones is Gemstones of the
World, author Walter Schumann. I have a hardbound copy of the
"Revised & Expanded Edition" published by Sterling Publishing Co.,
Inc., New York, in 1997. My favorite used book website,
www.addall.com, says there’s an edition published in 2000. Used, the
book will cost around $15 including shipping.

This book has info and pictures of faceted pieces and rough of all
the major precious and semi-precious stones, plus little drawings of
different faceted shapes on the inside front cover, info on pearls,
etc. I didn’t see much on fossils, although there is info on
fossilized wood.

Hope this helps. And I’ll be following this thread to learn of other
books!

Barbara


#5
I understand the latest from Stuller is hardbound, but they don't
care about any of my business... I'm honestly only a couple-three
grand a year...and I have a day job not in the jewelry industry... 

Stuller does care about your business, meet the normal criteria for
a wholesale account, as there are other wholesalers I work with that
have exactly the same requirements, and you will be good to go. I stand
up for Stuller because they stand up for me and don’t let every puke
hobbiest compete with me. They protect the professionals. Many
businesses protect the people they distribute to, and will not sell
to individuals that try to circumvent the system that protects the
people that make money for them. Truth is you do not need Stuller, if
you did, you would have no trouble meeting their requirements. Their
requirements are not that hard to met, so it is not about them.
Stuller does not care if you spend anything with them. Meeting the
requirements does not obligate you to do business with them.


#6
I stand up for Stuller because they stand up for me and don't let
every puke hobbiest compete with me 

Yeah, Ditto. They only have a bread-and-butter line. There are many
things they don’t have, and some prices are high (some of their
stones, for instance). But they are about as fine a company in every
way that counts as you’ll ever find…

http://www.donivanandmaggiora.com


#7

Hello richard hart, Puke Hobbiest? How in the **** do you think
people get to be professionals? They begin with an honest interest
in the methods. Most of us started out as “puke hobbiests” and I,
for one, am proud of it!

Tom Arnold


#8

Tom

How do you think people get to be professionals? They begin with an
honest interest in the methods. Most of us started out as "puke
hobbiests" and I, for one, am proud of it! 

My definition for puke hobbiest is not about what someone does, it is
the way it is being done. There are people who want to manipulate
the policy of a business for their own good without taking the
responsibility required to meet the policy requirements and if they
cannot get what they want, they whine and complain as if they are a
victim. How about the professionals who work hard and take risks?
There are people who want the advantage of access to the same
resources and keep whining and slamming Stuller in an unprofessional
way blaming Stuller for their policy when it is not that uncommon of a
policy in this industry. Why is it that these people seem so selfish
as to want what they want the way they want it without regard for the
ethics of a system that makes sense to every person that meets the
criteria? Why is it that some people hold Stuller responsible for a
system that has been in place before Stuller was in business? I get
tired of reading posts from people who do not want to take
responsibility and make the commitment necessary to have access to
the resources they think they need. If you worked for a company and
there was a co-worker who avoided responsibility and was lazy but yet
complained that he was not being promoted and you had worked hard and
gotten the promotion the co-worked wanted, I believe you might get
bored and tired of the complaining. Some people need to wake up.
Passion, persistence, and skill is not enough. The more responsibility
taken the more you gain. Some might take offense at what I wrote, and
one may take action. we are co-creator of what we experience.

Richar Hart