The perfect gemstone and jewelry guide! Whether you're a budding gemologist, gem collector or jewelry hobbyist, this handy, up-to-date guide covers a wide range of topics of interest. It delves into every facet (pun intended) of the mysterious and magical world of gems and jewelry. Follow a stone's journey from the mine to the cutting facility to the buying table. Learn about jewelry design, making models, casting, pre-finishing, setting stones and polishing. And explore the histories, legends and properties that give individual gemstones their own unique footprints. Everything is here, ready and waiting right at your fingertips. Fun, easy to read and revised and edited by none other than JTV co-founder Jerry Sisk, the JTV Guide to Gems & Jewelry makes a nice addition to any growing library. This is a first in a series of books so stay tuned for more. Jerry Sisk has been included in JCK Magazine's Power List. Jerry, a graduate gemologist and gemstone expert, was ranked as one of the top five industry leaders in the gems and gemology sector. The JCK Power List, which includes more than 50 individuals, was compiled by JCK Magazine editors in consultation with numerous outside experts. Referred to as a "guide to the people making waves and breaking barriers in the business," the JCK Power List is the first of its kind for the publication. Jerry has been in the jewelry business for 35 years, and is co-founder of JTV, the largest retailer of loose gemstones in the world.