Gemmological Instruments

Their Use and Principles of Operation

Gemmological Instruments

Gemmological Instruments deals with the developments in diamond grading equipment and gem testing instruments since the publication of the first edition in 1978. These developments include improvements in the versatility and styling of existing instruments such as the reflectivity meter, the composite spectroscope, and the refractometer. It also addresses the criticisms in the first edition and provides a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of different gem testing equipment. This book is organized into 16 chapters that describe groundbreaking instruments like the thermal conductivity diamond testers and home-constructed items that while innovative have not yet been commercialized. There are also chapters dealing with microphotography and identification of synthetics and stimulants. This book also provides a listing of gemstone constants and characteristic inclusions in natural and synthetic gemstones. This book will be of interest to people interested in equipment for gem testing and diamond grading.

Charles R. Stinson Architects

Compositions in Nature

Charles R. Stinson Architects

Architect Charles R. Stinson conceives each project as a balance of space and light, where horizontal and natural light bring the outside in. The result is a living space that is both transcendent and grounding; a place that lifts the spirit and connects

The Pavilion

The Pavilion

THE STORY: Hailed by critics as an an Our Town for our time, this play is by turns poetic and comic, romantic and philosophical. Peter returns to his twenty-year high-school reunion with dreams of winning back Kari, the girl he left behind

Wish You Were Still Here

The Scottish Seaside Holiday

Wish You Were Still Here

A nostalgic look back at the rise and decline of the Scottish seaside holiday.

The 1984 New Orleans World's Fair

The 1984 New Orleans World's Fair

In 1984, the city of New Orleans hosted the last world's fair held in the United States. Conceived as part of an ambitious effort to revitalize a dilapidated section of the city and establish New Orleans as a year-round tourist destination, it took more than 12 years of political intrigue and design changes before the gates finally opened. Stretching 84 acres along the Mississippi River, the fair entertained more than seven million guests with a colorful collection of pavilions, rides, and restaurants during its six-month run. While most world's fairs lose money, the 1984 New Orleans World's Fair had the dubious distinction of going bankrupt and almost closing early. However, the $350-million investment did succeed in bringing new life to the area, which is now home to the city's convention center and a bustling arts district.

Pixie Annat

Champion of Nurses

Pixie Annat

Isobel Mary "Pixie" Annat grew up in rural Queensland and trained to be a nurse shortly after World War II. Working first at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, she went on to forge an extraordinary career as matron, then CEO, of St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane. Pixie Annat: Champion of Nurses draws on anecdotes from Pixie's personal journey and documents the important contributions made by medical colleagues during her more than 50-year career working in healthcare. It also recounts her years as a leader of the Royal Australian Nursing Federation. Pixie later applied her skills to many charitable board positions, giving generously of her time and wisdom. The energy, humor, and zest she displayed throughout her life makes for an uplifting read.

It Was Only a Picnic

It Was Only a Picnic

"In 1941, after the German (Nazi) occupation of Yugoslavia, the Jewish population was persecuted and, very soon, deportation began. "Following the deportation of her husband and son, and when she realized that women were also being deported, Relly's mother entrusted Relly to her sister, Relly's aunt, who was married to a Christian. A few days later, Relly's mother was also deported. Thinking that the end of the war was imminent, the aunt had undertaken to look after Relly. "As the war dragged on, and afraid that Relly would be discovered living in their home, endangering the lives of the whole family, the aunt sent her twelve-year-old niece to a village some distance from Belgrade. There she found refuge with a poor young woman who was chronically ill and who did not know Relly's true identity. She accepted to look after Relly for a modest payment. Relly was all the time in fear that her true identity would be discovered. "After some time, she was brought back to Belgrade and hidden in the home of a couple who depended on Relly's uncle for their livelihood. There, in a room the size of the mattress she slept on, Relly had to pass her days without giving any sign of life. In the three-bedroom apartment, two of the rooms were used by a lawyer, who did not know that Relly was there. "We learn about the daily tensions - the surreal happenings - lived through by a young girl, in a world which quaked under relentless ferocity while awaiting for the victory of a free world over the barbarians. "All through the book, one hears the voice of a young girl and feels with her her on-going, traumatic experiences."

Two to Mango

Two to Mango

Forget the grass skirts. Some of the Island's top hula dancers are pushing up daisies. Everyone at Em Johnson's famous North Shore Kauai hang-out, The Tiki Goddess Bar, knows that the bar's irrepressible Hula Maidens take their hula dancing seriously. So when famed hula instructors from a rival dance troop start dropping like over-ripe passion fruit, Em and the Hula Maidens go undercover at the Kukui Nut Festival Hula Competition to uncover the killer. Em is once again up to her okole in danger and mystery, not to mention the seductive challenge of working with hunky detective Roland Sharpe, who moonlights as one of the island's sexiest fire dancers. The hula is lively, the luau is smoking, the mai tais are delicious, and a killer is looking to get away with murder in paradise. Praise for Book One of The Tiki Goddess Mysteries "Fun, charming and full of atmosphere, Mai Tai One On is a delightful beginning to what promises to be a terrific mystery series." Susan Mallery, New York Times Bestselling Author JILL MARIE LANDIS has written over twenty-five novels, which have earned awards and slots on such national bestseller lists as the USA TODAY Top 50 and the New York Times Best Sellers Plus. She is a seven-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award in both Single Title and Contemporary Romance as well as a Golden Heart and RITA Award winner. She's written historical and contemporary romance as well as inspirational historical romance, and she is now penning The Tiki Goddess Mystery Series, which began with MAI TAI ONE ON.

The Shadow Pavilion

The Shadow Pavilion

A supernatural detective in Singapore tries to save his wife—and the universe—in this “thoroughly original fantasy” by the author of Snake Agent (Publishers Weekly). Detective Inspector Chen is getting used to visiting Heaven. It is a peaceful place, but the eerie calm and ever-present scent of peaches make him yearn for the chaos of Singapore Three. He has come to visit Mhara, the Emperor of Heaven, who ascended to the celestial throne after his father went mad and launched an ill-advised invasion of Hell. Order has been restored to the cosmos, and Mhara is characteristically serene, but trouble is lurking for this handsome young god. Someone is trying to kill the Emperor of Heaven, and Chen does not have his demonic partner, Zhu Irzh, to fall back on. Zhu Irzh has vanished, Chen’s wife is in danger, and a psychotic Bollywood star is on the warpath. It’s another day in the office for the occult detective—a day that, if he doesn’t restore order quickly, could be the universe’s last. The Shadow Pavilion is the fourth of the five Detective Inspector Chen Novels, which begin with Snake Agent and The Demon and the City.