Saturday, January 29, 2011

TERRA SPINEL! A New Book - Available at GJX

Terra Spinel — Terra Firma
A New Book Celebrating the Spinel Gems & the Lands from Which They Come
By Vladyslav Y. Yavorskyy
With Richard W. Hughes
In spinel, we have a mineral that forms some of the world’s most beautiful gems. And yet few know its name and fewer still understand its importance. This is truly a tragedy, for fine spinels can and do stand with any gem on the planet. From royal treasuries, through the elite private collections, to the haute culture salons of Paris, Geneva, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and London, spinel is both represented and the object of desire.
For the first time, we have a major monograph devoted to the spinel gems.
Terra Spinel pp 22-23 sample pages image
As Vlad Yavorskyy says in the book’s Foreword:
This remarkable collection of spinel pieces has been created with love and care over the past two decades. When I look for fine stones, I try to focus on the deepest nuances of color, brilliance, and shape. It is my sincerest hope that you will find my work worthy.
But not only am I a person involved in the “lives” of gems, but also in the lives of others. Thus I feel it incumbent on me to share my passion and knowledge of my craft and art, so as to foster and assist new enthusiasts in the field. My true goal is thus: I hope the words and images you see on these pages will inspire and provide increased insight and passion for spinel.
Terra Spinel is the culmination of a lifetime’s collecting by Vlad Yavorskyy. Not a technical book nor a gemology book, but a simple celebration of the spinel gems and the lands from which they come. Profusely illustrated and beautifully printed, it is a book that all spinel collectors should own.Terra Spinel pp 180-181 sample pages image
GJX Show (the 'Tent'): 1–6 February 2011. Yavorskyy, Booth 404 & 504
Sample pages and an online ordering form are available at:
When buying online or at the show, please let Vlad Yavorskyy know if you first learned about this book through Richard Hughes/
Terra Spinel cover image
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