Opal - The Phenomenal Gemstone
Peter Huber; William Cook; Michael O'Donoghue; Paul Clifford; Janet H. Clifford; Jaroslav Hyršl; Gloria A. Staebler; Ann Frazier; Si Frazier; Karl Fischer; Günther Neumeier; Klaus Eberhard Wild; Max Weibel; Jack Townsend; Elizabeth T. Smith; Jürgen Schütz; Alex Ritchie; Barry J. Neville; Rudolf Mende; Catherine J. Gaber; Bob Farrar; Tony Dabdoub; Wilson Cooper; Andrew Cody
Lithographie, LLC (2007)
In Collection
#488
8*
Science
Extra Lapis English, Opal
Paperback 9780979099809
English
Precious opal is a rainbow made tangible. Its spectral blaze of color moves, changes, intensifies, fades, or disappears with the slightest change in perspective. Opal's intriguing play of color and unique atomic arrangement have made it the subject of scientific probing from early optics in the 1850s to high tech photonics today. Equally challenging has been discovering opal's place in history. Its beauty begs to be enshrined in myth and legend when facts are as scarce as the stone itself. Opal, both precious and common, is found in disparate environments fro the unbearable heat of the Australian outback to the higher elevations of the Canadian Rockies, from a centuries-old site in Slovakia to a number of little known places in the American west. An unique assortment of characters collect and mine this equally individual stone, of which no two are exactly alike. Thus blazing gem of chemical simplicity--just silica and water--has ignited a complexity of human emotions: a compulsion to mine, the desire to wear, an urge to fashion, the challenge to imitate, a need to possess. A natural, wearable stone with magical depth, movement, and color, opal is a truly phenomenal gemstone.
Product Details
Series ExtraLapis English
Issue No. 10
Cover Price 99.98 CHF
No. of Pages 112
Height x Width 297 x 210  mm
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Purchase Price 30.00 CHF
Purchase Date février 2010
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