|Green View Press, 2009, available from www.emeraldpassion.com|
My chief criticism of the book is not really directed at the book, as it can't be helped. The production values are excellent, with hundreds of illustrations and photographs...but the problem here is that emeralds seem to defy being photographed accurately. The particular color green of fine Colombian emerald, with its mysterious underlying red fluorescence which Mr. Ringsrud explains so beautifully, doesn't seem to reproduce well. So many of the examples in this book look capable of eliciting actual swooning in real life, but a reader unfamiliar with emerald in person might be scratching his head and still wondering "What's the big deal? OK, they're green!" Take Mr. Ringsrud's advice, and get thee to the next gem show, or an independent jeweler who still believes in stocking quality merchandise, and see fine emerald for yourself. Only after truly looking and comparing these exquisite gemstones in person will Mr. Ringsrud's passion, and his book of rapturous poetry and heartfelt intimacy, make perfect sense!