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Agates and Jaspers BookAgates and Jaspers BookThere 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 Mater
Agates Inside and Out, By Karen A BrzysAgates Inside and Out, By Karen A BrzysAgates 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 w
Agates Treasures of the EarthAgates Treasures of the EarthAn illustrated Guide to the different agates from around the world • An introduction to the geology and formation of agates
All Wrapped Up, The best of the best, By Carolyn EddyAll Wrapped Up, The best of the best, By Carolyn EddyAll Wrapped Up continues your creative journey as an advanced beginner or intermediate wire artist with wire art instructor Carolyn Eddy's mechanics and design method of designing jewelry with wire. It presents a compilation of artistic information, ideas and experiences, to help newer artists develop their talents faster. All of the included design patterns and instructions are open-ended - created as starting points with multiple design possibilites intended to trigger an aspiring artist's creativity. All Wrapped Up assumes the reader is already familiar with fundamental wire work techniques and construction processes such as measuring, cutting, determining the grain of the wire, making tight even binds - skills that are explained and elaborated upon in Carolyn Eddy's beginner book Let's Get Wrapped. The instructions provide overviews of the processes needed to create the presented projects and also jump start an artist's creativity in traditional, sculptured and prong work - the th
Amateur Gemstone Faceting Volume 1, By Tom HerbstAmateur Gemstone Faceting Volume 1, By Tom HerbstHave you ever gazed in wonder at a faceted gemstone, at the ever-changing interplay of light, colour, and sparkle, and asked yourself how could such a thing come into being? Gemstones have been a source of fascination, mystery and power for millennia, yet it is only in the few last decades that the tools and knowledge for creating these tiny miracles have been available to the average person. In Amateur Gemstone Faceting Volume 1, amateur faceter Tom Herbst lays out the steps necessary to transform a shapeless chunk of rock into a glittering jewel that is unique and valuable. And along the way he explains not only the "how" but also the "why" and provides helpful tips in dealing with many of the pitfalls that confront the beginning gem cutter. At the bare minimum, this book should help you appreciate the craftsmanship that gives life to the jewelry you love. Hopefully, however, you will be inspired to attempt your own first gemstone, the initial step in what may become a life-long invo
Amateur Gemstone Faceting Volume 2, By Tom HerbstAmateur Gemstone Faceting Volume 2, By Tom HerbstIn Amateur Gemstone Faceting Volume 2, amateur faceter Tom Herbst helps you expand your faceting horizons. You will learn - hopefully painlessly - about the optics and mathematics behind the magic of gemstones. Subsequent chapters on the properties and treatments of common gem materials will help you identify and make the most of your valuable rough. To really expand your horizons, try faceting on your computer, visualizing gemstones before committing the stone to the lap. Nothing can match the satisfaction of creating and cutting your own unique gem cuts. Chapters on general design principles and a specific case study should help you on your way. Finally, faceters are inveterate tinkerers, and the concluding chapter lays out ideas for multiple do-it-yourself projects, including instructions for building a precision digital angle encoder for your faceting machine.
Amber The Natural time Capsule, By Andrew RossAmber The Natural time Capsule, By Andrew RossAmber 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
An Illustrated Guide to Fossil Collecting.An Illustrated Guide to Fossil Collecting.An Illustrated Guide to Fossil Collecting introduces the reader in simple, non-technical language to the romance of fossil collecting from the earliest records to the present. A precise list of various kinds of fossil preservation is given. Then the classification of fossils is described, starting with animal invertebrates and then the division of plants. A condensed history of life on Earth puts the various fossils in their respective time frames. The beginning collector will learn how to prepare for fossil hunting trips, where to get information, and what kinds of equipment to take along. Actual collecting techniques are described which include specimens easily picked up as fossil shells weathered from their matrix to advanced processes such as making plaster jackets for crumbling fossil bone. Attention is given to the importance of cataloging a collection with helpful tips regarding the preparation and display of fossil specimens. A useful list of museums with fossil exhibits is i
Arizona Rocks and Minerals.Arizona Rocks and Minerals.Your must-have guide to Arizona's rocks and minerals. Arizona Rocks & Minerals features full-color photos and presents the details you need to know for collecting and identifying rocks and minerals in Arizona. Included are photos and facts for 106 rocks and minerals including common rocks and rare finds. You will quickly find what you need to know and where to look with its easy to use format. Inside this book you will find: • Incredible, sharp, full-color photos: The authors know rocks, and they took their own photographs to depict all the details needed for identification - no need to guess from line drawings • Comprehensive entries: Photos and facts for 106 rocks and minerals • Common rocks and rare finds: Fascinating information about everything from agates and copper to turquoise and gold • Easy to use format: Quickly find what you need to know and where to look Contents include: Introduction; Hardness and Streak; The Mhos Hardness Scale; Quick Identification Guide; Arizona
Beading with Cabochons, by Jamie Cloud EakinBeading with Cabochons, by Jamie Cloud EakinBeading With Cabochons shows you step-by-step how to combine an amazing variety of cabochons and beads on sophisticated jewelry. Both beads and cabochons offer virtually unlimited creative opportunities for jewelry artists. Jamie Cloud Eakin shows you the basic techniques and the unique stitches she developed over more than a decade. Her projects range from a pair of double-cabochon earrings to and elaborately fringed dichroic glass necklace. With so many cabochons and beads to chose from, each piece you make will be one of a kind. The step-by-step projects include: Fringed Dichroic Glass Necklace, Oval Solitaire Rhodonite Bracelet, Noondrite Jasper Necklace, Sea Moss Ladder Bracelet, Double Cabochon Dangle Earrings, Leopardskin Jasper Necklace, Black Onyx Pin, Victorian Triple Cabochon Bracelet, Southwest Spirit Necklace, Fringed Tiger-Eye Cabochon Earrings and Crazy Lace Agate Pin. Chapters include: 1 Materials and Tools, 2 Basic Cabochon Beading, 3 Edge Stitches, 4 Attachment Method
Beading with Gemstones, by Valerie Mae CarthyBeading with Gemstones, by Valerie Mae CarthyBeading With Gemstones shows you how to create contemporary wire and chain jewelry featuring stunning gemstones and beads. Learn how to make gorgeous rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that showcase a wealth of gemstones. Make an elegant charm bracelet with white, pink, and gray pearls; a pair of turquoise earrings that feature intriguing wire loop detail; a spectacular necklace that has a dangling blue topaz pendant; and so much more. Once you master the basic techniques, you'll be able to design your own pieces with stones you like best. These 30 lovely projects progress from beginner to intermediate skill levels. The styles range from funky to sophisticated, and also incorporate seed and glass beads. Learn about some of the most popular gemstones and the healing properties they are said to possess, as well as the tools and techniques you'll use.
Beads The Art of Stringing, by Genie RaganBeads The Art of Stringing, by Genie RaganBeads - The Art of Stringing is the most inexpensive guide available that describes the invaluable techniques of knotting in bead stringing. Knotting prevents wear at the hole, secures the beads in place if the strand should break, and helps the necklace drape better by separating the beads and holding them in place. Step-by-step instructions explain knotting between beads using your fingers, a beading awl or "tee pin", or the double needle method. Materials that you will need to get started are described in detail. Techniques in stringing and knotting are explained with easy to understand text and illustrations for the beginner. Contents include: Introduction, What You'll Need to Get Started, Choosing the Proper Beading Material, Silk, Nylon, Needles, Tiger Tail, Bead Tips, French Wire (Bullion), Clasps, Crimp Beads, Beading Boards, Head Loupes (Magnifiers), Beading Awl and Tee Pin, How Many Beads You'll Need, Using Tiger Tail, Cleaning Pearls, Using Silk or Nylon and Bead Tips, Usi
Cabochon Cutting, By Jack R. CoxCabochon Cutting, By Jack R. CoxCabochon Cutting provides an excellent primer and introduction to cutting and polishing cabochons for anyone interested in learning more about this very popular facet of the lapidary hobby. It answers all questions from how to slab rough with a slab saw, how to saw cabs from slabs with trim saws, how to grind and shape cabochons, how to polish gem materials and how to set finished cabochons in jewelry. Chapters include: Dopping Gemstones, Preparing Stones for Shaping, Grinding Gemstones, Smoothing Gemstones, Polishing Gemstones, Using a Trim Saw, Using the Slab Saw and Setting Your Cabochon Gems. Cabochon Cutting is concise and well illustrated with numerous photographs and drawings. The cabochon making techniques presented are tried and proven and have withstood the test of time. This highly recommended book presents a great deal of valuable how-to information for a very modest price and belongs in the library of every lapidary hobbyist.
Chain Mail JewelryChain Mail JewelryChain Mail Jewelry shows you how to make dazzling, distinctive jewelry by interlocking anodized aluminum, gold, or silver rings. Once employed to create protective garments, chain mail techniques and patterns have now been adapted for jewelry making by innovative artists. Making chain mail jewelry requires very few tools, yet you'll be able to achieve impressive results. From an inlaid Chain Mail Pendant to a Japanese Hexagonal Mail Collar, the 29 extraordinary fully illustrated, step-by-step projects presented in this book will introduce you to a variety of exciting techniques for all skill levels. If you have two pairs of flat or chain nose pliers, you're almost ready to start. Chain Mail Jewelry gives you a handsome selection of projects that can be constructed using just pliers while you sit at your dining room table or even while you watch television. Chain Mail Jewelry is project-centric and organized into four major sections. The first section, Chain Mail Basics, covers What is
Chains, By BeckyChains, By BeckyChains by Becky is illustrated, edited and published by Helen Goga and Alan Gooding, the ample talent behind Wire Artist Jeweler magazine. This how-to book is outstanding in its genre, presenting 20 chain making projects suitable for novice to advanced chain makers with completely illustrated step-by-step instructions. Several sections provide basic chain making information regarding the modest tools required and their various applications, as well as detailing several techniques for skillfully and efficiently making your own jump rings, the cornerstone of the chain maker's art. Lavishly illustrated step-by-step projects include: Byzantine Chain, Celtic Visions Variations, Contessa Chain, DNA Chain, Double Lace Chain, Double-Infinity Bracelet, Enigma Chain, Flat Queen's Link Chain, Flip-Flop Chain, Foxtail Bracelet, Graduated Byzantine Chain, Half-Persian 3-in-1 Chain, Jazzi-Chain Bracelet, Lacey-Chain Necklace, Little Princess Bracelet, Paradigm Bracelet, Queen's Link, Rosette Link N
Chakras For Beginners, By David PondChakras For Beginners, By David PondBalance Your Life from the Inside Out. You may think that difficult situations and emotions you experience are caused by other people or random events. This book will convince you that inner imbalance is not caused by situations in the outside world - instead, your imbalances create the situations that interfere with your sense of well-being and peace. Chakras for Beginners explains how to align your energy on many levels to achieve balance from the inside out. In everyday terms, you will learn the function of the seven body-spirit vortexes called chakras. Practical exercises, meditations, and powerful techniques for working with your energy flow will help you overcome imbalances that block your spiritual progress. Explore the balanced and unbalanced expressions of each chakra's energies, survival, sexuality, power, love, creativity, intuition, and spirituality, Discover colors and crystals that activate each chakra. Practice spiritual exercises, visualizations, and meditations that
Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals, by Patti PolkCollecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals, by Patti PolkThree guides in one, Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals covers identification, values as well as 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 the 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
Collector's Guide to Granite PegmatitesCollector's Guide to Granite PegmatitesGranite pegmatites have long been admired by gem and mineral collectors as a source of fine specimens, gem materials, and sometimes stupendously huge crystals. Pegmatites can also host important deposits of ore minerals and industrial commodities such as feldspar and mica. At the same time, their physical and chemical complexity present daunting challenges to researchers who seek to better understand their nature and origins. With 209 stunning color photos and clear, authoritative text, Collector's Guide to Granite Pegmatites provides the reader with a straightforward discussion of granite pegmatites rather than complex jargon concerning the latest scientific models or theories. The chapters cover pegmatite forms, and distributions, interior structures, crystal, mineral, and gem pockets, and provides references for further study. Contents include: Chapter One: Granite, Granite Pegmatites, and the Search for Gems - How Are Granite and Granite Pegmatites Related?, Pegmatite, Aplite, Gr
Collectors Guide to Quartz and Other Silica MineralsCollectors Guide to Quartz and Other Silica MineralsQuartz is prized by both mineral collectors and lapidary artists. Over 130 vivid photographs of these beautiful minerals are presented to show each mineral in its own geological context. Superb examples are found in diverse geological settings from pegmatites to Alpine cliffs and hydrothermal veins. The silica minerals are chemically simple, yet structurally complicated. Several high-temperature and high-pressure polymorphs are known. In addition to the polymorphs of silica, this book treats related minerals, including lechatelierite, opal and two natural clathrates, chibaite and melanophlogite. After a brief introduction, the general treatment explains the chemistry and taxonomy of the group. A section on their formation and geochemistry describes the kinds of environments where these minerals are formed. Then, entries for each mineral provide locality information and full-color photos so that collectors can see what good specimens look like and which minerals one might expect to fi
Colorado RockhoundingColorado RockhoundingCovering more than 350 of Colorado's mineral, gemstone, and fossil collecting sites, Colorado Rockhounding provides rock hunters with an overview of the state's geologic origins and mining history, along with guidelines for safe, legal, and responsible rockhounding. Illustrated county by county descriptions reveal geologic and historic treasures in every corner of the state. Tips for field identification of 76 Colorado minerals ensure successful outings, even for neophyte collectors. Whether you yearn to follow dinosaur tracks on hogback ridges, pan gold in mountain streams, hunt gemstones on towering peaks, or prospect in historic mining districts, let Colorado Rockhounding be your guide.
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