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| "FLUORESCENCE AND LUMINESCENCE IN MINERALS" -
Edited by Wendell Wilson, 80 pages, 8 1/2 X 11" size, soft cover, illustrated with
several color photographs of fluorescent minerals under both shortwave and longwave
ultraviolet, plus many line drawings. This issue of the "Mineralogical Record"
magazine features a 15 page article covering luminescence in minerals. The authors
describe luminescence in general as the non-thermal emission of visible light by a
substance. The focus of the article, as luminescence pertains to mineralogy, is the
phenomenon known as photoluminescence, or fluorescence, demonstrated by various minerals
when exposed to different wavelengths in the ultraviolet spectrum. This excellent article
explains everything in terms which will enable the beginner to understand why minerals
fluoresce. Those who have a solid scientific background in the study of luminescence in
minerals will, no doubt, also be enlightened by the authors' in-depth presentation of
their research into this phenomenon. Several classic worldwide localities for fluorescent
minerals are also described. The second feature in this magazine is a 10 page summary of
the combined FM-MSA-TGMS-FMS Symposium covering fluorescence and luminescence in minerals,
held at the February 1996 Tucson show. Fourteen abstracts covering a wide range of special
topics dealing with the fluorescence and luminescence of minerals are outlined for the
reader, and additional color photos of fluorescent mineral specimens are featured. Two
articles covering non-fluorescent mineral subjects are included: "The Billie Mine in
Death Valley, California", and "The Minerals of the Seravessa Marble, Tuscany,
Italy". This magazine was published by the "Mineralogical Record, Inc., Tucson,
AZ, as Volume 27, No. 1.
"GEM AND LAPIDARY MATERIALS FOR CUTTERS, COLLECTORS, AND JEWELERS" By June Culp Zeitner, 347 pages, 10 ¼" X 7 ¼" size,
illustrated, pictorial soft cover. Rocks, minerals, and gems are the foundation of an important
field of science, but they are something else, too they are the materials of
timeless art. This is a complete handbook of gem and lapidary materials used in the
lapidary arts throughout history, and up to the present, with several hundred examples
listed and described. Illustrated with 64 color, and 150 black & white photographs,
the book provides a useful reference, and also an engaging history of the lapidary arts.
The wealth of information condensed herein will be of special interest to those with
lapidary, gem collecting, rockhounding, as well as mineral collecting backgrounds. Topics
covered include the following the gems of history, transparent faceting materials,
cabochon and carving materials, ornamental and decorative gem materials, metallic and
organic gem materials, rare and unusual gem materials, as well as gems from the
laboratory. Appendices include: tables of refractive index and dispersion of gemstones,
educational associations, and publications carrying information pertinent to the subjects
covered in the book. An extensive 8 page bibliography is followed by a 9 page, very
comprehensive index of all subjects covered in the text. Published by Geoscience Press,
Tucson, AZ, 1996.
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