Vladimir Bukanov. Russian Gemstones Encyclopedia
The work over this book would be impossible without the assistance of my family: my wife Valentine, my sons Andrey and Alexey whom I deeply thankful. With enormous gratitude and respect I remind my teacher - the Professor D.P. Grigoriev. I would like to mention Russian gemologists E.Ya. Kievlenko, Yu.P. Solodova, V.S. Balitskiy and E.P. Melnikov, with whom I am acquainted and whose books I used constantly in the work over this Encyclopedia. Besides, I would like to mention tactful attention and precious comments by the Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Dr. James E. Shigley, and the GIA librarian, Dona Dirlman, also Professor of the Moscow State University E.M. Spiridonov, and for perusal of the researcher meteorites to S.P. Vasiliev, Prague, Czech Rep. My special gratitude is to the scientific editor of the first edition of the book the Professor of St. Petersburg State University A.G. Bulach, to the translator of the book O.V. Chumicheva, and the technical adviser for translation G.M. Sergey's.
I would like to thank all who generously helped me with illustrations. Among them were from St. Petersburg: A.I. Brusnitsyn, G.I. Burtseva, A.V. Dogadin, S.A. Falkin, S.G. Istomin, A.V. Kornilov, M.V. Kravchenko, L.L. Pavlova, V.V. Sedykh, S.P. Shimansky, V.V. Vorobjev, and also from Moscow — P.V. Boyko, from Chelyabinsk — N.A. Pozhidaev, from Prague, Czech Republic — K.A. Buslovich, J. Hyršl, T. Řídkošil, K. Mafiík, from Germany — D. Decker and P. Kolesar, from U.S.A. — J. Scovil. Besides, photos were presented by the firms from St Petersburg: “Ananov” — the director A.G. Ananov,“World of Stone” Exhibition Association — the director A.A. Yakovlev (the photographer A.V. Ivanov); “Russkie Samotsvety” Corporation — the director V.L. Zakharove; Jewelry Plant “Alfa” — the director N.Z. Shaidullin; Jewelry salon “Jachont” — “The House of Fabergé”, the director G.S. Perova, “Sokolov” — the director P.B. Sokolov, “Tsarskoselskaya Amber Workshop” — the director B.P. Igdalov, also the firm “Yekaterinburg Yuvelirnyi Dom” — from Yekaterinburg, “KARP” — from Czech Republic, and “Yavorskyy Co.”, Bangkok, Thailand.
My sincere gratitude for the assistance in the selection of illustrations to the Editorial Board of the "Russian Jewellery" magazine (St Petersburg); to the Central scientific researching Geological Prospecting Museum named after academician F.N. Chernyshev (St Petersburg) - the director A.R Sokolov, who presented me samples for photographing and a photo of the mosaic picture "The Map of the U.S.S.R." (the photographer A.V. Ivanov); and the Ural Geological Museum in Yekaterinburg - the director Yu.A. Polenov, who gave me the possibility to use photos of samples from the collection of the museum (the photographer V.G. Tiulkin). Besides, there are photos received from the State Hermitage and samples from the collection of the Mining Museum of the Mining Institute (St Petersburg), which were used earlier in the edition of the "Dictionary of Gemstones" by B.F. Kulikov and V.V. Bukanov (1989, Publishing House "Nedra", Leningrad).
The book was published with the kind financial contribution of “Port Center” firm’s, represented by Mr. Andrey Bukanov.