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Lance Grande is senior vice president and head of collections and research at the Field Museum. He is a curator in the geology department and a general content specialist for the Field's new Grainger Hall of Gems exhibit. He is also a member of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago and is adjunct professor of biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Allison Augustyn, a funding specialist at the Field Museum, was previously an exhibition developer there, where she prepared such exhibits as the Ancient Americas, George Washington Carver, and the Grainger Hall of Gems.

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"Since 1854, my family has run a small Iowa City jewelry store specializing in quality gem stones. I inherited the love for diamonds, but with my writer's salary, money's better spent on the lush pictures in Gems and Gemstones. Penned by the senior veep of the Field Museum, this new tome is the definitive book on precious stones. Hey, diamonds might be a girl's best friend, but a good book is also a good friend...um, yeah." --Time Out Chicago "Eye candy abounds in this volume on gems based on the newly revamped Grainger Hall of Gems at the Field Museum in Chicago. The book covers such topics as how gems form in nature, how they are classified, and the fascinating history of humanity's love of jewels." --Scientific American "Scientific American " Since 1854, my family has run a small Iowa City jewelry store specializing in quality gem stones. I inherited the love for diamonds, but with my writer s salary, money s better spent on the lush pictures in "Gems and Gemstones." Penned by the senior veep of the Field Museum, this new tome is the definitive book on precious stones. Hey, diamonds might be a girl s best friend, but a good book is also a good friend...um, yeah. --Time Out Chicago" Eye candy abounds in this volume on gems based on the newly revamped Grainger Hall of Gems at the Field Museum in Chicago. The book covers such topics as how gems form in nature, how they are classified, and the fascinating history of humanity s love of jewels. --Scientific American "Scientific American ""

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