It is unusual for us to give notice to a book as long after publication as this, but the crying need for just such a book --and the fact that it is published by a publisher not very widely known makes us feel it is important to call it to your attention...A thorough, beautifully made reference book which fills a long-standing need for information of a not overly-technical nature. The origin of gem stones, both precious and semi-precious, is discussed, as well as methods of cutting and polishing, criteria of value, modern fashion and traditional custom in use and setting. Similar historical and modern technical information is given on watch makers and watch making, on the care and repair of watches. A discussion of gold and other precious metals leads into an excellent section on silverware today, which includes not only Sterling, but Sheffield plate, processes of making silverware, a complete coverage of period design, table settings, the judging and care of silver, and a short glossary of silver terms. The admirable appendix, bibliography and cross index, added to profuse illustrations, two in full color, marginal headings for easy reference, and handsome though sturdy format make this a practical as well as a beautiful book, which will be widely haled for public library use.