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The National Gem Collection

The problem with coffee table books is topical subjects go out of fashion as fast as passing seasons. Allow us to suggest a timeless solution: The Smithsonian Museum's The National Gem Collection ($30), because priceless jewels never go out of style. Dr. Jeffery E. Post, curator of the National Gem and Mineral Collection at the National Museum of Natural History, walks us through the Smithsonian's dazzling gem collections with the help of photographer Chip Clark's discerning eye. We can feel our sparkle power charging up.

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