Book Reviews

FLAWS IN GEMSTONES Wonders Within Gemstones: The Elusive Beauty of Gemstone Inclusions, by Anthony de Goutiere. 1996. 135 pages. 124 color illustrations. $49.95. (JCK Data Center PD-001) To order call (847) 564-0555. This is primarily a pretty picture book, definitely coffee-table caliber. If you can't afford the Guebelin-Koivula opus on the same subject, this could serve as a less costly way to introduce a lay reader to the subject of flaws in gemstones. It turns faults into virtues by demonstrating that flaws may not be as undesirable as De Beers and peddlers of the 4Cs would have you believe. No effort is made to be scientific or to use inclusions as guides to the provenance of certain gemstones. In some cases, this is significant; a sapphire that can be demonstrated to be from Kashmir commands a premium over a look-alike without the characteristic dust. Many of the "inclusion

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