Unlike the dense and highly technical academic tomes that are text-heavy, poorly organized and intimidating, this colorful and easy-to-use reference guide dedicated to collecting rocks, gems and minerals is ideal for readers who want to expand their understanding without getting lost in a labyrinth of science. Beautifully illustrated with 700 color photographs providing wonderful detail and smartly organized to take the hassle out identification, you will enjoy the simplicity of the guide and the enthusiasm and knowledge of author Patti Polk, one of the top agate collectors in the world and a self-proclaimed "rockhound." You will also enjoy two areas that our competitors don't bother with. First it includes values, and second, it covers an introduction to lapidary, which is the cutting and polishing of rocks and gemstones for jewelry or display.
Three Guides in One! Identification, Values, Lapidary Uses Designed with beginners in mind, yet filled with valuable technical information for advanced collectors, Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals takes you from being just someone who appreciates rocks to a true "collector." Easy-to-use, quick reference format arranged by category and color of stone Covers both lapidary and mineral display materials Provides values and tips for locating, buying and collecting Includes organics such as amber, bone, coral, pearl and shell Lists chemical group, system, hardness, opacity, fracture, specific gravity and more Contains more than 650 full-color photos Foreword by Johann Zenz, world renowned agate expert, author and lecturer
A Guide to 75 of the State's Best Rockhounding Sites
Author: Montana Hodges
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Rockhounding Alaska will be an in-depth guide to the rocks, minerals and fossils legally found and collected within the state. The book will contain a light, informative overview of the geologic history of Alaska as well as a site-by-site guide to approximately 70 collecting locations. Included with every site will be clear concise driving directions, a GPS position and list of major attractions and local amenities. The exciting locations stretch from Kodiak Island to the Arctic Circle and range from ancient fossilized sea creatures to precious gems and gold nuggets.
The magical world of crystals! Crystals have been used as items of great spiritual significance and powerful personal adornments for thousands of years. Whether collected for their beauty, for research, or as tools in healing practices, The Crystal Guide provides a comprehensive reference to crystals, their purpose, spiritual qualities, and how to identify them in one easy-to-use and dazzlingly colorful book. Organized alphabetically, the book spotlights more than 200 of the most popular crystals, from andalusite to zoisite, and includes an overview of each one, along with mineral, astrological, chakra, numerical, and metaphysical properties, and value. Other features include: 400+ delightful color photos Tips for locating, buying, and collecting Geological formation of crystals Use and care of crystals
Gem and Stone celebrates 50 different gems ranging from timeless classics like diamond and emerald to exotic beauties such as lapis lazuli, peridot, and even petrified wood. Altman's photographs capture the splendor of each gem alongside brief text highlighting the stones' chemical makeups, metaphysical properties, and associated folklore throughout human history. Hand-drawn illustrations by Heather Smith Jones and an insightful foreword by mineralogist Thomas W. Overton round out this lustrous volume. Rock hounds, new age practitioners, and contemporary decorators and fashionistas will all delight in this treasure of a book.
In "Rocks, Minerals, and Gems," readers will learn about hundreds of rocks, minerals, crystals, and gems that were forged by the most powerful events in prehistory. Explore what specimens look like and how they're used today--readers can use the information to identify rocks and minerals themselves and open up a spectacular new world. Find out all about star stones and cat's eyes, megagems, and phantom quartz. Discover which rocks fluoresce, which mineral once poisoned an emperor, and which gems are the rarest in the world! Features a beautiful cover with special effects!
Provides detailed information regarding the physical characteristics and unique traits of more than 1,800 precious and semiprecious stones, as well as discussing gemstone structure, production, name origin, and symbolism.
Have the world in your hands with these compact, affordable, illustrated natural history guides. From malachite to meteorites, leaf through Nature Guide Rocks and Minerals, a beautiful guide profiling the world's specimens. Part of a new generation of compact natural history guides, Rocks and Minerals is packed full of stunning images that reveal intricate details and unique characteristics of the rocks and minerals featured. Expertly written and including examples from across the globe, these guides will give you knowledge of the natural world at your fingertips. With a detailed introduction on identifying and classifying minerals and clear sections on each type of rock and mineral, Nature Guide Rocks and Minerals is the ideal identification guide.
The definitive guide to rocks, minerals and gems, this title includes an introduction to rocks and minerals and how they form, and a quick guide to what you need and where to look. There is also a complete guide to identifying rocks and minerals and everything you need to know to start building a collection. Packed with fun facts and practical ......
Revised and expanded 2E of this popular reference guide for rockhounds and collectors of rocks, minerals and fossils. Includes expanded sections on basic geology and mineral formation; how to find and identify minerals in the field; collecting tools and techniques; finding gold and other heavy minerals; fossil formatiion and collecting fossils; the legal aspects of collecting; specimen preparation and display and the basics of lapidary and jewelry making. Illustrated throughout with photos, diagrams and charts; features 16-page color insert of over 90 specimens; extensive glossary; lists of government agencies and museums and much more. An indispensable how-to book for beginners and a handy reference guide for experienced collectors.
Rocks, Gems, and Minerals is a field guide to more than 100 of the most common and sought-after rocks, gems, and minerals hidden throughout North America. Conveniently sized to fit in your pocket and featuring full-color, detailed photographs, this informative guide makes it easy to identify rocks in your backyard and beyond. Also included is an introduction that covers fundamental geology information and interesting facts. This is the essential source when you're out in the field, both informative and beautiful to peruse.
This eBook is best viewed on a color device. Covering rocks and minerals form around the world—from brilliant Brazilian Aquamarine to Wulfenite from Arizona's Red Cloud Mine—this unique guide was created by Charles A. Sorrell for the serious mineral enthusiast or rock collector. Rocks and Minerals fills the gap between academic texts and popular books by providing a magnificent rock and mineral catalog in glowing color, plus tips on where they are found. · Hundreds of illustrations of rocks and minerals · Molecular structure and idealized crystals also pictured · Classification follows the system preferred by experts · Includes hardness, crystallization, chemical properties, and superb background information Using clear text and detailed illustrations, Golden Field Guides from St. Martin's Press present accurate information in a handy format for the beginner to the expert. These guides focus on what your students are really going to see. They are easy to use: detailed, full-color illustrations, text, and maps are all in one place. They are easy to understand: accurate, accessible information is simplified without being misrepresented. They are authoritative, containing up-to-date information written experts and checked by specialists. And they are portable: handy and lightweight, designed to fit in a pocket and be carried anywhere.
-Lavishly illustrated, Gems of the World is intended for anyone who has ever been fascinated by crystals, jewelry, and gems, from general readers to seasoned professionals. It is a fine addition to general collections.- --Booklist, on the previous edition Gems of the World is a practical and comprehensive guide to the identification and properties of precious and semiprecious gems, novelty stones, agates and crystals. This edition has been revised and thoroughly updated. Changes and new features include updated maps of recently established diamond bourses and geographical country changes, plus new gem varieties and localities where they are found, new techniques for producing synthetic gemstones and simulants, and much more. There is comprehensive information on gems: gem formation mining the diamond industry conflict diamonds ethical sourcing crystal structure (diagrams and cuts) optical and physical properties fashioning and cutting (properties and uses) gemstone cuts for diamonds buying a diamond buying colored gemstones imitation and synthetic gemstones gemstone enhancement history of gems famous diamonds caring for gemstones and jewelry a color key of 139 gemstones. The text describes the world's diamond cutting and trading centers, the -diamond pipeline- that flows from mine to retail, and information on the gemstone industry, ethical mining, conflict diamonds and the emergence of new diamond centers. The description directory of gemstones is organized by their chemical composition. The 139 profiles describe each gem's geology, chemistry, properties (such as color, refractive index, and luster), cultural use in history and its value in jewelry. Photographs show the gem as a raw crystal, in common cuts, polished for use, and in some cases, also in a piece of jewelry. Gems of the World is an ideal reference for gemologists, collectors and general readers.
Loaded with information about how, where and why mineral deposits form, Prospecting for Gemstones and Minerals is the perfect primer for the amateur collector. Featuring advice on where to find deposits, what they contain and how to remove crystals from the ground, this guide also covers maps, tools, and provides an introduction to geology.
From glittering gemstones to fascinating minerals and fossils, this incredible reference book is a stunning celebration of the Earth s buried treasures. Specially commissioned photography captures the essence and beauty of over 450 superb specimens, while lively and informative text describes the characteristics of each and its unique and changing relationship to humankind through the ages. Organized by rock classes and chemical groups, each rock, mineral, and fossil entry contains a photograph of the specimen together with lively, wide-ranging text describing its qualities and history of use. In addition, a detailed, at-a-glance reference panel provides key data for identification and classification.