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Books about Gems and Minerals

We carry a variety of books on mineralogy, geology, gemology, mining, etc...
We also have books on the metaphysical aspects of gems & minerals.

Peterson Field Guide's Rocks & Minerals
byFrederick H. Pough

Code: pfg-039591096x
1.1 Lbs, 381pages (63 pp of color photos)
7" tall x 4.5" wide x 1" thick, (1998)
Price: $16.25
From the book's back cover: The definitive guide to rocks and minerals, completely updated for the fifth edition, includes 385 color photographs showing rocks, minerals, and geologic formations. Hundreds of minerals are described, with details such as geographic distribution, physical properties, chemical composition, and crystalline structures.

S & S Guide to Gems and Prescious Stones
by Kennie Lyman

Temporarily out of stock, please come back later.
Code: ss-0671604309
1.1 Lbs, 384 pages (1986)
7.5" tall x 5" wide x 1" thick
Price: $12.80
From the book's back cover: Simon & schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious Stones provides both the connoisseur and the casual collector with a compact, easy-to-use volume describing more than 100 rare varieties of minerals whose beauty and mystery have possessed our imaginations from time immemorial. More than 450 brilliant photographs accompany profiles of each gem, covering such aspects as appearance, physical properties (density, hardness, refraction), occurrence, and how to judge quality and value. Additional sections describe the process of cutting gemstones and the techniques professional gemologists use to evaluate a stone's weight and optical properties. Detailed and comprehensive, this book is essential for anyone interested in the study of gems and precious stones.

Minerals of the World
by Walter Schumann

Temporarily out of stock, please come back later.
Code: mofw-0906985712
0.8 Lbs, 224 pages (112 color)
7.6" tall x 5" wide x 0.5", 1998
Price: $13.95
From the book's back cover: Identify well over 500 minerals quickly and easily. With brilliant full-color photographs of every mineral, the perfect field and reference guide for making quick, accurate identifications. The complete introductory discussion of mineral forms and properties explains, in detail, the essential criteria for recognizing minerals. Then, you can turn with confidence to the massive, photo-filled section describing in a concise, easy-to-read format each mineral, including: mineral name, streak color, specific gravity, fracture, luster, chemical formula, hardness and more... Anyone fascinated by the remarkable, natural formations of minerals will find this handy field reference invaluable.

See also our books on the metaphysical aspects and healing uses of crystals and minerals.

To see photos of a mineral variety, select any item category link in our Mineral Inventory & Factsheet Index.

Last Updated: March 21, 2015
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