Gems and Gemstones Books
by Eduard Gübelin and Franz-Xaver Erni
Hard cover, 9.75" x 12", 240 pages, copyright 2000
Gemstones Symbols of Beauty and Power offers the reader deep insight into the fascinating world of gemstones. It provides exact description of the individual gems and goes into their origins and their extraction. In his graphic style, Eduard Gübelin reports on the events deep inside the earth eons ago that lead to the creation of these superlative, sparkling natural products and their colorful radiance. Even if these wonders of nature can be reduced to chemical formulae, they nevertheless lose nothing of the fascination that they have had for humans since time immemorial.
Franz-Xavier Erni offers the reader a spellbinding tale of how gemstones have loyally accompanied humans throughout history. How gemstones have served women as jewelry and men as symbols of their power. The loveliest of gems adorn women's jewelry as well as the crowns and insignia of worldly and spiritual rulers.
Throughout the ages, individual gems have been allocated to the months of the year and to the signs of the zodiac and imbued with special healing powers in popular imagination. This book offers qualified answers to all questions relating to gemstones; it is not only an exciting read but also a reference work that can be consulted as required.
Gemstones: their characteristics and their origin covers 8 The exquisite rarity, 16 The causes of color variety, and 20 A commitment to eternity.
Gemstones: their extraction and processing covers 24 The extraction of gemstones, 32 The cutting of diamonds, 34 The cutting of color gemstones, 36 Polishing Agate, and 37 Glyptography.
Portraits of the gemstones covers 42 The beauty of color gems, 44 The beauty of the phenomena gems, 46 Diamond: King of gemstones, 56 Corundum: the colorful palette, 60 Ruby: divine crystal spark, 66 Sapphire: symbol of the firmament, 72 Beryl the palette of pastel colors, 76 Emerald: glittering like leaves in may, 82 Chrysoberyl: an exquisite trio, 86 Feldspars: a major company, 90 Garnets: a courtly household of noble vassals, 94 Opal: humming bird and firebird, 100 Peridot: green-golden ray of sunshine, 104 Quartz: bustling globetrotter, 108 Spinel: the corundum's disguised twin, 112 Spodumene: phoenix from the ashes, 114 Tanzanite: blue patrician from black africa, 118 Topaz: chalice of golden crystal, 122 Tourmaline: alpha and omega, and 126 Zircon: dizzying quick change artist.
Portraits of ornamental gems covers 132 The beauty of ornamental gems, Agate: fire and flames, 136 Charoite: reed pipes from the russian karst, 138 Jade: Metaphor for luck, 142: Lapis lazuli: incarnation of the starry firmament, 144 Malachite: master of the green shades, 146 Rhodochrosite and rhodonite, 148 Sugilite: budding mallow spur, and 150: Turquoise: morning fresh bloom of heaven.
Gemstones: symbols of authority and power covers 174 Exquisite treasures, 180 Noble gems for the word of god, and 188 Votive and consecretion crowns.
Beauty, magic and medicine covers 194 Famous jewels and their history, 202 Of seals, amulets and talismans, 208 Stones of the month - birthstones and 214 Gemstone medicine.
The fascination of internal life covers inclusions in gemstones.
A passion for collecting covers collecting rare gemstones such as benitoite, andalusite, danburite, sillimanite, kornerupines, sinhalite, sphene, taaffeite, scapolite, and others.
Natural or not? covers synthetics, composites and gemstone imitations.
Anyone interested in the mineralogy, creation, history and lore of gemstones will appreciate Gemstones Symbols of Beauty and Power as an authoritative, must-have read and reference for their personal library.
by Karen Brzys
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 246 pages, copyright 2010
Agates Inside Out was written to help rockhounds "think like an agate." Well illustrated with numerous high quality photographs, it presents information to help beginning and experienced agate hunters understand agates "inside out".
Chapter 1, "What Is An Agate?", defines what agates are, reviews agates and human history, details agate characteristics, and describes different types of quartz minerals.
Chapter 2, "How Did Agates Form?", discusses how agates are formed. This chapter is intended for those of you who live and die agates and want to understand everything about them. It reviews the relevant geology, agate forming influences, agate formation theories, types of host rock, and the timing of agate genesis. The more you understand about agate formation, the more successful you will be in differentiating in the field between an agate and an agate want-to-be.
Chapter 3, "How Do You Find Agates?", presents information about the specific characteristics you should be looking for when rockhounding for agates. Presented are agate hunting tips, information about how to clean agates, and suggestions for assessing the value of agates.
Chapter 4, "What Are The Different Types of Agate?", includes descriptions and photographs illustrating 31 different types of agate based on their developmental structures including: botroyoidal (grape) agates, brecciated (mosaic) agates, candy striped agates, carnelian agates, cloud agates, crazy lace agates, dendritic agates, enhydrous (water-filled) agates, eye agates, fire agates, flame agates, floater band agates, fortification agates, geode agates, iris (rainbow) agates, jasper agates, moss agates, paintstone agates, peeler agates, plume agates, polyhedroid agates, pseudomorph agates, ruin agates, sagenite agates, sardonyx, seam agates, shadow agates, stalk aggregate agates, thunder egg agates, tube agates, and water-level agates.
Chapter 5, "Where Can You Find Agates?", presents information about agates from different geological locations, listing and describing types of agate structures to be found in U.S. states and other countries including: California, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, China and Mexico.
Appendices provide references, an index, and agate museum information.
Highly recommenced to anyone who is interested in collecting agates and all agate appreciators who want to deepen and expand their understand and knowledge of agates - inside out.
Treasures of the Earth
by Robert Pabian, Brian Jackson, Peter Tandy and John Cromartie
Hard cover, 6" x 8.5", 184 pages, copyright 2006
Whether you are a seasoned expert or just beginning your collection, Agates is an indespensible resource to the rich geological and cultural significance of these beautiful stones. With wonderful color photographs of stunning agates throughout, this book includes:
• An illustrated Guide to the different agates from around the world
A Celebration of North America's Banded Gemstones
by Dan R. Lynch and Bob Lynch
Soft cover, 9.00" x 8.25", 136 pages, copyright 2013 Agates - few other natural formations exhibit the tremendous variety seen in these curiously banded gemstones; no two are exactly alike when it comes to color, pattern or shape. And though they are found on every continent, many well-known and significant varieties are present in North America. This book features some of the most famous, most valuable and rarest agates from Canada, the United States and Mexico.
The Wonder of North American Agates features:
Contents include: Introduction; Understanding Agates; A Brief Overview of North American Agate Varieties, Map of North American Agates, Agates of the Western United States: Baker Ranch thundereggs, Big Diggings agate, Black agate thundereggs, Brownsville agates, Dryhead agates, Dugway geodes, Fairburn agates, Filigree agates, Forth of July Butte agates, Grant Creek agates, Graveyard Point plume agates, Hauser Bed thunder egg agates, Holly blue agates, Little Florida Mountains thunder egg agates, Marfa agates, Montana moss agates, Nebraska blue agates, Needle Peak agates, Nipomo sagenitic agates, Oregon eye agates, Oregon thunder egg agates, Oregon plume agates, Paulina limb casts, Richardson Ranch thunder egg agates, Round Mountain agates, Sheep Bridge sagenitic agates, Tavenier thunder egg agates, Teepee Canyon agates, Texas plume agates, Torpedo Bed thunder egg agates, Trent sagenitic agates, Van Horn plume agates, Washington carnelian agates, Wingate pass agates; Agates of the Eastern United States: Copper replacement agates, Crowley Ridge agates, Crowley Ridge agatized coral, Kentucky agates, Keswick agates, Lake Superior agates, Lake Superior water-level agates, Lake Superior eye agates, Lake Superior moss agates, Lake Superior agate geodes, Sagenitic agates from Lake Superior, Tube agates from Lake Superior, Water-washed agates from Lake Superior, Minnesota sedimentary agates, Paint rock agates, Tampa Bay agatized coral, Wisconsin thunder egg agates, Union Road agates, Geodes from Union Road, White ringer agates; Agates of Canada: Michipicoten Island agates, Mont Lyall thunder egg agates, Monte Lake agates, Two Islands agates, Thunder Bay agates; Agates of Mexico: Apache agates, Coyamito agates, Crazy Lace agates, Laguna agates, Moctezuma agates, Mexican coconut agates, Red Hot thunder eggs; The Wonder of Agates: Why We Collect Agates; Glossary, Bibliography and Recommended Reading, Index
From casual fans to experienced collectors, everyone will appreciate the facts and photographs presented in this incomparable book.
Treasures of the Earth
by Patti Polk
Soft cover, 6" x 8.75", 271 pages, copyright 2013
From the author of Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals and one of the leading agate collectors in the world, comes this comprehensive guide to collecting agates and jaspers, the most sought after types of collectable rocks on the market today. Designed with beginners in mind, yet filled with valuable technical information for advanced enthusiasts, Collecting Agates and Jaspers helps rockhounds discover these treasures of North America.
• The only book on agates and jaspers to offer values.
Contents include: Introduction to the Agates and Jaspers of North America; History, Folklore and Use of Agates and Jaspers: Folklore, Lapidary Uses, Information on the Properties of Agates and Jaspers, Agate and Jasper Terminology, Commonly Found Patterns Occurring in Agate and Jasper, Physical Forms of Agate and Jasper, Common and Unusual Characteristics; Collecting Agates in North America; Agates and Jaspers of the U.S., Canada and Mexico; U.S., A-Z State Listings; Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec; Mexico: Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nayarit, Sonora, Zacatecas; Resources, Bibliography.
by Ron Gibbs
Soft cover, 12" x 9", 239 pages, copyright 2009
There are many excellent books currently on the market describing banded agates, but there are few with an emphasis on the other structural varieties.There are virtually no current books with images and descriptions of the wide array of fine jaspers presently available. This book tries to fill that void with 240 pages and over 1000 color photos and diagrams describing the structural features of both Agates and Jaspers.
It provides an introduction to their genesis, details of their structural characteristics, and a multitude of macro and micro photographs. It's a starting point for some of the current scientific theories of their formation, and contains references to more in-depth studies.
No other variety of material offers so many combinations of patterns and spectral colors. Main index sections include: Fortification Agates, Plume Agates, Moss & Tube Agates, Sagenitic Agates, Other Agates, Jaspers, Brecciated Jasper, Orbicular Jasper, Scenic Jasper, Rhyolite, and Fossil Materials. Enjoy the complexity and beauty locked within these stones.
The Natural Time Capsule
by Andrew Ross
Hard cover, 8" x 10.25", 112 pages, copyright 2010
Amber is a remarkable substance that originates from the resin of trees that lived millions of years ago. Anything that became trapped in this sticky resin was fossilized and perfectly preserved. The insects and other inclusions found in amber today are providing scientists with unique insights into the history of life on Earth. In Amber, Andrew Ross provides an engaging overview of this prehistoric substance and its fossilized inclusions.
The book explains how amber is formed, where it is found and how to distinguish genuine amber from fakes. It describes amber's many uses, both in art and science, and recounts the elusive search for DNA from insect inclusions. Detailed keys and stunning photographs, including items from the collection of the Natural History Museum in London which are not on view to the general public, guide the reader in the identification of species of insects and other amber inclusions. Amber is essential reading for all those with an interest in this natural time capsule.
Contents include 1 What Is Amber?; 2 Where Is Amber Found?; 3 Amber Inclusions; 4 Arthropods, Key to arthropods, INSECTS, The insect fossil record, Insects, Key to insects without wings, Incomplete metamorphosis, Key to winged insects I, BUGS, Key to bugs, Complete metamorphosis, Key to winged insects II, TRUE FLIES, Key to true flies, WASPS, BEES, ANTS and SAWFLIES, Key to wasps, bees, ants and sawflies, BEETLES, Key to selected beetles; Glossary, Index, Further information.
by Glenn and Martha Vargas
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 159 pages, copyright 2004
Descriptions of Gem Materials is a complete reference on natural and man-made gem materials for gem cutters, gemologists and all others with an interest in gemstones. It provides a basis for gem identification and prepares the cutter for what may be expected when cabbing, carving or faceting a particular material. It covers the physical and optical properties for 346 distinct natural minerals and 56 man-made gems, more than 550 gem materials in all. Included are complete sets of tables for hardness, specific gravity and refractive index and information on common inclusions for each mineral. A complete list of varietal, alternate and incorrect names is presented and the pronunciation and derivation of gem names is provided.
Descriptions of Gem Materials is organized by eight major sections: Section 1 - Natural Gem Materials, Section 2 - Man-made Gem Materials, Section 3 - Table of Hardness, Section 4 - Table of Specific Gravity, Section 5 - Table of Refractive Index, Section 6 - Glossary of Important Geological Terms, Section 7 - Index of Alternate, Varietal and Incorrect Names, and Section 8 - Bibliography of Selected References.
by Fred Ward
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 64 pages, copyright 1998
Carat for carat, fine diamonds are among the most desirable and expensive items on Earth. Diamonds provide the standard of price, beauty and value against which all other gemstones are measured. More than unsurpassed in beauty and sparkle, no other gemstone has so many desirable attributes combined.
In Diamonds, well known and authoritative gem and mineral author Fred Ward provides superb photos to illustrate his discussion of this gem. Chapters include History and Lore, The Hunt for Treasure, Romancing the Stone, Jewels and Artifacts, Synthetic and Industrial Diamonds, and Buying and Caring for Diamonds. Diamonds is sure to be appreciated by anyone with an interest in the history, lore and characteristics of this incomparable stone.
by Fred Ward
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 64 pages, copyright 2001
Emeralds are the premier gems in the beryl family. For more than 4,000 years, emeralds have been among the most valuable of all jewels. In Emeralds, well known and authoritative gem and mineral author Fred Ward provides superb photos to illustrate his discussion of this gem.
Chapters include History and Lore, The Hunt for Treasure, Romancing the Stone, Jewels and Artifacts, lab-Grown Emeralds and Imitations, and Buying and Caring for Emeralds. Emeralds is sure to be appreciated by anyone with an interest in the history, lore and characteristics of this precious stone.
by Fred Ward
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 32 pages, copyright 2002
Glamour, intrigue, romance, the quest for treasure... those are all vital aspects of humankind's eternal search and love for gemstones. As long as people have roamed the world, the have placed extraordinary value on our incredible gifts from the land and sea. And once they found or purchased gems, the owners discovered their treasures lasted longer and looked more beautiful with proper care.
Gem Care offers simple, straight-forward, accurate information on the safest and easiest methods for wisely taking care of your gems and jewelry. Because gems have different characteristics, there is no single safe way to care for them. Much depends on the hardness of the gem, its toughness, and its susceptibility to heat, light, and acids. By using all the tips and sound advice in this book, your gems and jewelry should be safe and look like new for decades.
Specifically covered gemstones include alexandrite, amber, apatite, beryl (aquamarine, emerald, green beryl, heliodor, morganite, red beryl), chalcedony (agate, bloodstone, carnelian, chrysoprase, fire agate, jasper, moss agate, onyx, petrified wood, sardonyx), chrysoberyl, coral, cubic zirconia, diamond, diopside, garnet (almandite, demantoid, pyrope, rhodolite, spessartite, tsavorite, malaia), hematite, iolite, ivory, jade (jadeite, nephrite), kunzite, lapis lazuli, malachite, marcasite, moonstone, obsidian, opal (black, boulder, crystal, jelly, fire, white), pearl, pearl shell products (abalone, mabés, mother-of-pearl, shell), peridot, quartz (amethyst, ametrine, adventurine, citrine, rock crystal, rutilated quartz, tiger's eye), ruby, sapphire, spinel, tanzanite, topaz (blue, imperial, sherry), tourmaline (green, indicolite, parti-color, rubellite, watermelon), turquoise, and zircon.
by Curzio Cipriani and Alessandro Borelli
Soft cover, 4.5" x 7.5", 384 pages, copyright 1986
Simon and 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 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 - occurence, and how to judge quality and value. Additional sections describe the process of cutting gemstones and the techniques professional geologists use to evaluate the stone's weight and optical properties.
Simon and Schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious Stones is organized into three major sections: Natual Stones and Gems, Organic Gems, and Synthetic and Artifical Products. Detailed and comprehensive, this book is essential for anyone interested in the study of gems and precious stones.
by Cally Hall
Soft cover, 5.75" x 8.5", 160 pages, copyright 2002
DK Smithsonian Handbooks Gemstones is packed with more than 800 vivid full-color photographs of more than 130 varieties of cut and uncut stones, organic gemstones, and precious metals. With authoritative text, clear photography, and a systematic approach, this concise guide to identification enables you to recognize each gemstone instantly.
Photo-Encylopedic Approach - Each expertly written entry combines a precise description with annotated photographs to highlight the gemstone's chief characteristics and distinguishing features. Additional color illustrations and photographs show uncut stones, color variations, and a wide range of popular cuts. Easy-to-use, color-coded bands provide at-a-glance facts for quick reference. Also included is a concise glossary.
Contents include: What are Gemstones, How Gemstones are Formed, Where Gemstones are Found, Physical Properties, Crystal Shapes, Optical Properties, Natural Inclusions, Faceting, Polishing, Carving and Engraving, Gems Through the Ages, History and Folklore, Synthetic Gemstones, Imitation and Enhancement, Color Key, Precious Metals, Cut Stones, and Organics.
by Walter Schumann
Hard cover, 5.25" x 8", 319 pages, copyright 2011
Gemstones of the World, the definitive guide to gems for over 20 years, takes the mystery out of appreciating, buying and selling all kinds. It covers everything from the romance and history of more than 1,400 gemstones to their geographic locations, scientific, physical and color properties, and the way they are formed, structured and mined.
With many charts and diagrams Schumann offers full coverage of the optical features of gems - light and color, luminescence, refraction, and inclusions - and about densities and the chemical elements of each stone, with fascinating details on different cuts, polishing, synthetic and imitation gems, hardness, cleavage, classification, trade names, rarity and much more - all with an easy to understand text. And then there are the magnificent photographs of the stones themselves in brilliant full-color, with full data on the facing page.
If you could have only one book on gemstones in your library, this would be the one!
by Fred Ward
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 64 pages, copyright 2001
In Jade, Fred Ward presents the history and lore of jade. Chapters include In the Beginning, China and the Stone of Heaven, The Olmec, Maya and Aztec in Mesoamerica, The Maori in New Zealand, Jade today in Burma, China, Canada, New Zealand, Guatemala, Russia and the United States, and Buying and Caring for Jade. Any reader with an interest in gemstones and jade will appreciate this beautifully illustrated book.
by Fred Ward
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 64 pages, copyright 2000
In Opals, Fred Ward presents the history and lore of Opal. Chapters include History and Lore, Black Opal, Boulder Opal, Light Opal, Crystals and Fossils, Mexican Opal, Assembled Opals, Synthetics, and Simulants, Buying and Caring for Opal, and Play-of-Color. Any reader with an interest in gemstones and opals will appreciate this lavishly illustrated book.
by Fred Ward
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 65 pages, copyright 2002
In Pearls, Fred Ward presents the history and lore of pearls. Chapters include History and Lore, Natural Pearls, Cultured Saltwater Pearls, Cultured Freshwater Pearls, Mother-of-Pearl and Shell Products, Imitation Pearls, Buying and Caring for Pearls, and Determining Pearl Quality. Any reader with an interest in gemstones and pearls will appreciate this lavishly illustrated book.
by Fred Ward
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 65 pages, copyright 2003
In Rubies and Sapphires, Fred Ward presents the history and lore of rubies and sapphires. Chapters include History and Lore, The Hunt for Treasure, Romancing the Stone, Jewels and Artifacts, Lab-Grown Corundum and Stimulants, and Buying and Caring for Rubies & Sapphires. Any reader with an interest in gemstones and rubies and sapphires will appreciate this lavishly illustrated book.
Mines, Mineral & Wearable Art
by Mark P. Block
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 160 pages, copyright 2007
Explore the fascinating story of turquoise, its history from ancient times to the present, and the influence of native artists in making this gemstone part of popular culture in America. Lavishly illustrated with over 390 dazzling color images, this book shows turquoise from New Mexico to Nevada, China to Iran, and all the important localities in between, in its natural state, cut, polished and set into silver and gold jewelry. Detailed text discusses its values and many mines that have relinquished turquoise over thousands of years. This comprehensive guide introduces more information on turquoise than you have ever anticipated or seen before.
Chapter 1. The Mineral, describes turquoise as a mineral, the history of turquoise mining and trade in antiquity, and its spiritual significance in Native American cultures. Chapter 2. Gem of Beauty, explains grades and treatments of turquoise, and how turquoise is valued. Criteria are presented for classifying turquoise as very high grade, high grade, jewelry grade, good grade and chalk or bulk grade. Chapter 3. Countries of Origin, provides an overview and discusses historic and contemporary sources of turquoise.
Chapter 4. Turquoise Mines, Mineral & Wearable Art is by far most extensive chapter in Turquoise, presenting a lavishly illustrated 132 page photo gallery of rough and cut turquoise from numerous localities including Bisbee, Blue Gem, Blue Jay, Candelaria, Carico Lake, Castle Dome, Cerrillos, China, Cripple Creek, Damele, Dry Creek, Easter Blue, Emerald Valley, Fox, Godber and Burnham, Hachita, Indian Mountain, Kingman, Lander Blue, Lone Mountain, Manassa, Mojave, Morenci, Number 8, Orvil Jack, Paiute, Persia, Peru, Red Mountain, Royston, Sleeping Beauty, Stennich, Stormy Mountain, Timberline, Turquoise Mountain, and Tyrone. Many of the photos illustrate the turquoise as cut and polished stones incorporated in outstanding examples of Native American jewelry. Hundreds of the illustrative pieces incorporate current price guides useful to anyone involved in appraising and valuing turquoise stones and jewelry. A glossary, bibliography and index are also included.
Whether you are a turquoise fancier and appreciator, turquoise or Navtive American jewlery collector, or a jewelry maker interested in turquoise and Native American styles and techniques, Turquoise is a must-have working reference and dream book for your personal library.
by Joe Dan Lowry and Joe P. Lowry
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 74 pages, copyright 2002
Turquoise Unearthed showcases exquisite examples of rough and polished natural turquoise from more than twenty famous "classic" mines, including Lander Blue, Number 8, Brisbane, and Lone Mountain. Appealing to rock hounds and serious collectors alike, Turquoise Unearthed is a definitive, contemporary visual guide.
Here, too, are spectacular works by modern jewelers, along with fascinating ancient and historic Native Americian turquoise jewelry and cremeonial objects. Chapters include: Turquoise: The Sky Stone, Working With Turquoise, Buying Turquoise, Classic Southwestern Turquoise Mines, and Museums And Collections. An index and appendix of recommended reading is also presented.