Rock Explorer: Gems

Rock Explorer: Gems by Claudia Martin

Format: Paperback / softback, 24 Pages
ISBN: 9781784939632
Publisher: QED Publishing
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A gemstone is a mineral or rock that is sparkling or colourful. Most gemstones are minerals which form in the ground as rock heated in the Earth cools down. As minerals grow, they make regular shapes called crystals. With stunning photographs and easy-to-follow captions, this book explains how different environments affect different gemstones and is full of fabulous, quirky facts such as: although most diamonds are formed underground, sometimes, they fall to Earth from space, inside rocks called meteorites. Gemstones included in the book are agate, amber, amethyst, diamond, emerald, jasper, lapis lazuli, opal, ruby and sapphire. There’s a helpful glossary so readers can familiarise themselves with key terms.

Claudia Martin is the author of many children's books and has worked in publishing for over 20 years. Her favourite subjects include geography, history, animals and technology. Recent books published are titles in the My Little Book of... series,  History Detectives: London, Makerspace Survival and Robot Pioneers.

Format: Paperback / softback, 24 Pages
ISBN: 9781784939632
Size: 8.268 in x 9.449 in / 210 mm x 240 mm

What is a Gemstone? 4

Colourful Jewels 6

Dazzling Diamonds 8

Precious Patterns 10

Hiding Inside 12

Found in the Ground 14

Rare and Strange 16

Cutting and Polishing 18

Famous Jewels 20

Gemstone Guide 22

Glossary 23

Index 24