Collection Lists
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Author:  Riboflavin [ Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:58 pm ]
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Alright. Since I said hello here about 3 years back I've found our local gem and rock society, worked a few gem shows, honed my skills in making cabs and faceted stones (my icon was my first rough facet of Apache Tear), and got a lot better with identification. A big show is coming up in a few weeks and I'd like to catalogue my collection and figure out what else is out there I might not have.

Now with 5000+ minerals, I'm overwhelmed! Every list I find is different. Ranging from 100-400 different types of minerals, rocks and organics that have been cut as gemstones. Not to mention all of them having different varieties and trade names! Before I go through the trouble of busting out my excel skills and trying to create a definitive list of gemstones, is there by chance out there a checklist for the collector? I feel like everything I'm close to knowing my gemstones, a whole new bunch pops up. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

I have many links, books, and software that gives me great access to gemstone information, but a simple list of stones I can cross off as I go along would be superb!

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:08 pm ]
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Here you will find an list of minerals, alphabetically: ... MS7EhDAQWr

Rock types:

Author:  Bill Hanneman [ Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:13 pm ]
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Buy a copy of "Gemstones of the World."

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:21 pm ]
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Hi Dr. Hanneman.
Riboflavin is looking for complete lists of rocks and minerals. :-#

Author:  dchallener [ Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:55 pm ]
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People collect minerals in different ways. Some just want "one of everything". Some want "nice specimen" of everything (like a museum). Some concentrate on a single mineral, like agate or tourmaline.

I should mention that tourmaline is really a lot of different minerals, as is garnet.
Whereas beryl could be
Aquamarine (anything from blue green to blue),
Red Beryl (bixbite)
Golden Beryl / Heliodore
and some related minerals like Pezzottaite

Some people collect color, like purple:
sapphire, tourmaline, Red beryl, amathyst, etc....

So it is hard to tell you what checklist to get. Barbara's list of minerals is great if you just want to collect one of everything. (Do realize that new minerals are still being discovered.)

Author:  cascaillou [ Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:13 am ]
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If you want an exhaustive listing of minerals, is the place.
However, not all minerals have gemstone potential, and if that's what you're after more specifically, then the most complete list of gem material I know of is in the book 'Tables of Gemstone Identification', by Roger Dedeyne and Ivo Quintens (and this book also feature all the necessary data for identifying your gemstones).

Now, let me share a piece of collector wisdom:
Novice collectors usually start by randomly accumulating stuff, and in the process they're gaining general knowledge. Now, random accumulation really isn't satisfying in the long term, but at some point knowledge turns the novice into a connoisseur, who will be able to show some focus and selectivity in regard of his acquisitions...just have fun in the process, collecting should never get too serious (I could feel my words getting a little to serious here :-)). Also, when building a collection, keep in mind that's it's always wiser to acquire a few high quality pieces rather than hundreds of low grade ones (moreover, in the future, quality is also what will make it possible to resell a few old pieces from your collection so to acquire more interesting ones).

Author:  marcm [ Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:08 am ]
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Here is my list of minerals that have been cut (at least one time) :

Author:  Icehut [ Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:18 pm ]
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Fleischer's Glossary of Mineral Species is what all the cool kids are reading.

A collection catalog is a very good thing to have, especially for posterity.

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:43 pm ]
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Here's a current list of those available on Amazon: ... al+Species

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