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Books about General Gemology and Gemstones

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Gemology, Gemstones and General References

Buying and Pricing Gemstones

Gems:Myth, Legend and Metaphysics

Jewelry Making and Metal Working

History of

Jewelry Appraising


Individual Gems


Sapphires and Rubies






Gems and Crystals by Sofianides book
Gems & Crystals: From the American Museum of Natural History
by Anna S. Sofianides
This oversized "coffee table" style book, contains some of the most impressive gem and mineral photography in print. The photos were taken by Erica and Harold Van Pelt who are the most revered gemological photographers in the world. In addition, the text is well organized and flawlessly researched. Gems and Crystals really captures the magic responsible for mankind's obsession with gem minerals. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a passion for gems.

Gemstones: Symbols of Beauty and Power

by Eduard J. Gubelin, Franz-Zaver Erni

Beautifully photographed and written by the world's foremost gemstone authority, the late Eduard Gubelin. What more could you ask for? Fabulous book.


Exotic Gems: How to Identify and Buy Tanzanite, Ammolite, Rhodochrosite, Zultanite, Sunstone, Moonstone & Other Feldspars
by Renee Newman

This is the first in a series of books exploring the history, lor , evaluation, identifying properties and localities of lesser known gems.
Highy recommended.

Gemstones by Cally Oldershawbook

by Cally Oldershaw
Breathtaking color photos capture the glistening beauty of gemstones from around the world--stones used for jewelry and magical rites as far back as 20,000 years ago. This book was published in cooperation with the British Museum of Natural History.


by Peter G. Read
Read, a writer and lecturer on gems and gem test equipment (which he also designs), offers an updated edition of his 1991 reference, written for both beginning and advanced students. The book is incredibly comprehensive and very well priced.

Gemstones of the World by Schumannbook

Gemstones of the World, Revised Edition
by Walter Schumann
With a million copies in print, this is a well priced and comprehensive book. It covers natural stones as well as imitations, synthetics, and combined stones. More than 1,500 photos are showcased! A real value!

Gems: Their Sources, Descriptions and Identification by Webster and Readbook

Gems: Their Sources, Descriptions and Identification...
by Robert Webster, Peter G. Read (Editor)

This book, now in it's 5th Edition, is universally recognized as the most comprehensive and authoritative treatise on gem materials in the English language. It is well worth the cost!


Secrets of the Gem Trade:
The Connoisseur's Guide to Precious Gemstones
by Richard Wise

Beautifully illustrated, and a fabulous insight into understanding how to definitively and quantitatively train the eye to determine gem quality. this book is a must for every gemological library. EXCELLENT!!


The Spectroscope and Gemmology
by James Payne, R. Keith Mitchell, Basil William Anderson
This book is well written and illustrated. An invaluable work for anyone involved in gemstone identification



Gemstones (Smithsonian Handbooks)book

This is a great starter book for those who would like to learn more about gemology. It is packed with photos, properties, and varieties of both natural and synthetic gems. This volume is often used as a textbook for beginning Gemology classes.

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