The Magic of Minerals is an awesome coffee table book with awesome photos of
awesome mineral specimens. Did I say awesome? Yes, I
own this book.
Practical, concise, and easy to use, Simon &
Schuster's Guide to Rocks and Minerals
contains everything that the rock and mineral
enthusiast needs to know. This field guide is
divided into two large sections -- one devoted
to minerals and one to rocks, each prefaced by a
comprehensive introduction that discusses
formation, chemistry, and more. All 377 entries,
beautifully illustrated with color photographs
and helpful visual symbols, provide descriptions
and practical information about appearance,
classification, rarity, crystal formation, mode
of occurrence, gravity of mineral, rock
chemistry, modal classification fields,
formational environments, grain sizes of rocks,
and much more.
The Peterson Field Guide to Rocks and
Minerals has been completely
updated for this fifth edition, and 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.
Covering rocks and minerals from around the
world, the Golden Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals was created for the serious mineral
enthusiast or rock collector. It 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. Includes hardness, crystallization, chemical properties, and
superb background information. This guide is easy to use:
detailed, full-color illustrations, text, and maps are all in
one place. And it is portable: handy and lightweight,
designed to fit in a pocket and be carried anywhere.
From glittering gemstones to fascinating minerals and
fossils, Rock and Gem is an incredible celebration of the
Earth's buried treasures. Including specially commissioned
photographs of more than 450 illustrious specimens and
information-rich text, this book illustrates each stone's unique
characteristics and its relationship to humankind through the
With a million copies in print, here comes an even larger,
more up-to-date version of the most complete reference book ever
published on the subject: Gemstones of the World. All the gemstones ever discovered are
treated in their many variations. More than 1,500 full-color
photos showcase each precious and semiprecious stone in both its rough natural state and its polished
and cut renditions. Each entry offers complete information on a
gemstone's formation and structure, physical properties and
characteristics, methods of working, cutting, and polishing.
full treatments of lesser-known gems, from andalusite to
vesuvian. A special section is devoted to rocks as precious
stones, including alabaster, onyx, obsidian, and fossils.
Organic gem materials are also covered, such as coral, ivory,
amber, and pearl, plus new on the market stones like charoite.
Everything is covered, including imitations, synthetics, and
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.
The Smithsonian Handbook of Gemstones is
an introductory guide written by Cathy Hall.
The Smithsonian Handbook of Rocks and Minerals combines 600 vivid full--color photos with descriptions of more than 500 specimens. Each entry combines a precise description with annotated photographs to highlight the chief characteristics of the rock or mineral and distinguishing features. Color--coded bands provide clear, at--a--glance facts for quick reference. In addition, each mineral entry features an illustration showing the crystal system to which the mineral belongs. Designed for beginners and experienced collectors alike, the
Smithsonian Handbook of Rocks and Minerals explains what rocks or minerals are, how they are classified, and how to start a collection. To help in the initial stages of rock identification, a clear visual key illustrates the differences between igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, then guides the reader to the correct rock entry. A concise glossary provides instant understanding of technical and scientific terms.
The Mineralogical Record magazine, issued six times a
year, is the most authoritative and widely respected
mineral collector's journal in the world; no serious
advanced collector would be without it. Readers learn about
important mineral localities old and new, about the
fascinating history of mining and mineralogy, and about new
mineral species being described. They see reviews of public
and private collections, market reports from contemporary
mineral shows, columns on special topics, and oversized
special issues devoted to entire mineral-rich states and
countries. And all of these articles and features are
illustrated by abundant top-quality color photography of
fine mineral specimens. Copies of the magazine are never
discarded like old newspapers, but are carefully saved and
collected as reference works of permanent value.
Since 1971, Rock & Gem has been the leading magazine for the lapidary and mineral hobbyist. Not a trade journal and not a scientific dissertation, it speaks to the average rockhound, providing just the right blend of entertainment and satisfying information. Armchair hobbyists and diehard diggers alike will find something to enjoy in each issue.