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Books on Gems and Minerals


#1

I am trying to learn more and more about gems and minerals. Could
anyone recommend books that would show not only the natural state,
but after they are cabbed (I apologize for my terminology, just
learning). There is such a difference between the two phases. Thank
you very much for your time. Marilynn

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#2

I would start with “Gemstones of the World” by Walter Schumann. There
are many others, I’d go down to your local lapidary shop and have a
look around, I’ve found many great books dealing with just one type of
stone like Paul Downings books on Opal. Another decent one is “Gem
Stones” Eyewitness Handbooks by Cally Hall.

Amy O’Connell
Amy O’Connell Jewelry
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#3

Marilynn oddly enough sometimes the best place to see some of these
comparisons are in the amateur rock and gem clubs in your area. Often
the books don’t provide enough samples of the varieties and ranges of
rough compared to the cut stones. I would reccomend you start there
in your quest. Hands on is far superior to “book learning” and it is
surprising how much knowledge some of these clubs accumulate.


#4

These books are excellent, although I am sure there are many more
that our esteem Orchid members can recommend.

1.	Gemstones of the World					Walter Schumann
2.	Simon & Schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious Stones	Curzio Cipriani and
	Alessandro Borelli
3.	Eyewitness Handbooks Gem Stones				Cally Hall
4.	Gemstones							The Natural History Museum, London
5.	Gemstones Mini fact finder					Rupert Hochleitner

I am trying to learn more and more about gems and minerals. Could
anyone recommend books that would show not only the natural state, but
after they are cabbed (I apologize for my terminology, just learning).
There is such a difference between the two phases. Thank you very
much for your time. Marilynn