Gem and Stone
Jewels of Earth, Sea, and Sky
Publication Date: September 2012
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Gem and Stone celebrates 50 different gems ranging from timeless classics like diamond and emerald to exotic beauties such as lapis lazuli, peridot, and even petrified wood. Altman's photographs capture the splendor of each gem alongside brief text highlighting the stones' chemical makeups, metaphysical properties, and associated folklore throughout human history. Hand-drawn illustrations by Heather Smith Jones and an insightful foreword by mineralogist Thomas W. Overton round out this lustrous volume. Rock hounds, new age practitioners, and contemporary decorators and fashionistas will all delight in this treasure of a book.
About the AuthorJen Altman is author of several books and lives in North Carolina.
Heather Smith Jones is a studio artist and arts-based preschool instructor and is represented by a number of galleries nationwide. Her work is in the public collections of the Sprint Corporation and Emprise Financial Corporation and many private collections. She has completed residencies at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Hall Farm Center for Arts and Education. In addition to her own studio work, Smith Jones collaborates with other artists in photography and art projects of multi-disciplines. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas. Visit www.heathersmithjones.com, www.hrsmithjones.blogspot.com, www.noticingproject2009.wordpress.com, and www.candscollective.com.