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1. Gemstones (Smithsonian Handbooks)
2. Healing Crystals and Gemstones:
3. Masters: Gemstones: Major Works
4. The Jeweler's Directory of Gemstones:
5. Healing Crystals: The A - Z Guide
6. Colored Gemstones, 2nd Edition:
7. Gemstones (DK Pockets)
8. Simply Gemstones: Designs for
9. Gemstone Buying Guide, Second
10. Handbook of Rocks, Minerals, and
11. Secrets of the Gem Trade: The
12. Gems and Gemstones: Timeless Natural
13. Making Jewelry with Gemstone Beads
14. Michael's Gemstone Dictionary:
15. Colored Gemstones, 3rd Edition:
16. Gemstones A to Z: A Handy Reference
17. Gemstones of the World: Newly
18. Healing with Crystals and Gemstones:
19. Turquoise: The World Story of
20. Gemstone

1. Gemstones (Smithsonian Handbooks)
by Cally Hall
Paperback: 160 Pages (2002-05-15)
list price: US$20.00 -- used & new: US$12.00
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Asin: 0789489856
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Published in association with America's preeminent authority, the Smithsonian Institution, this book 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. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (33)

4-0 out of 5 stars Smithsonian Gemm Book
This gem book is very interesting and contains good pictures.It
will be useful for my wife at her Blue Heron Antiques business at
34 Main Street, Stanhope, NJ 07874.

5-0 out of 5 stars concise, portable, beautiful
This is an exceptional, concise and thorough handbook. It is informative as to the classification according to structures, methods of mining, identification of stones and minerals and uses.
The illustrations are excellent, the index and table of contents are easily accessable,and even have photos, also..
There are stones in their natural, unfinished state, polished and faceted, and lush examples of jewelry made using gems.
It is one of my favorite books on gemstones

5-0 out of 5 stars Gemstones Colia Review
Just what I was looking for and in excellent shape with a timely arrival.Thank you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shiny Things
I ordered this book as a gift for my grandmother.She recently went to New Mexico and fell in love with all the shiny rocks and gemstones she found there.

So I came home, I did my research, and searched for an inexpensive gemstone book with excellent reviews.This book seemed highly recommended from fellow lovers of shiny things, and I am really glad I went with it.It is filled with tons of pictures, and the text, while very informative, is simple enough for anyone to understand.

4-0 out of 5 stars Jeweler's review
Wonderful reference when creating gemstone jewelry. Beautiful pictures and informative text. Perfect for the amateur gemologist! ... Read more

2. Healing Crystals and Gemstones: From Amethyst to Zircon
by Flora Peschek-Bohmer, Gisela Schreiber
Hardcover: 302 Pages (2004-11-01)
list price: US$12.98 -- used & new: US$4.95
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Asin: 1568524420
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Heal yourself with power of crystals and gemstones. Hundreds of vivid color photographs make it easy to identify and distinguish between different varieties. Listing for over 140 stones tell you which stones to use for particular illnesses, how to use them most effectively and how stones relate to the chakra system and the signs of the zodiac. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars love it
I can't wait to creat my own necklace using the stones I can personally customize.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for the price
okay, perhaps the authors did make some mistakes.that happens but I was able to look at this book and then buy it, and what encouraged the buying was that it shows both tumbled and raw views of the stones.and that is wonderful since so many stones look different from if they are tumbled or raw.

the photos are large too.I have other books for the information to cross check against,I have books that are both scientific and some that are healing and some that are metaphysical, but so many times they are one view or the other of the stones.

I buy both raw and tumbled so the views of both conditions was a plus for me.

3-0 out of 5 stars Crystals and Gemstones
Although I'm quite satisfied with the seller of this book, and the condition of it, I was a bit disappointed in the actual content of the book. It was not nearly as comprehensive, in the information for the individual stones, as I was expecting and hoping for. It would be great if you were looking for just a general overview. I was not-I was expecting more in depth information.

5-0 out of 5 stars Renee
This is an outstanding read.The brief hisory, healing properties, chakra and pictures are absolutely the best.Easy to navigate and my 10 year old is reading it.Simple yet concise.

1-0 out of 5 stars The Phantom Gemstone Book
I'd review this book but the Seller did not ship it to me and kept my money instead.

Amazon has given me a credit toward my next purchase. Thanks, Amazon! ... Read more

3. Masters: Gemstones: Major Works by Leading Jewelers
by Lark
Paperback: 324 Pages (2008-01-01)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$9.50
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Asin: 1579908322
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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What awesome craftsmanship appears throughout this unique volume—the zenith of an art that marries the world’s most exceptional gems with exquisitely-honed metal designs. Approximately forty of the world’s top jewelers present expertly-fashioned settings that embrace a diversity of styles and techniques, including pavé, channel, invisible, gypsy, wire, and tension. Christoph Krähenmann’s creations display a fabulous fusion of Swiss artisanship and American ingenuity, old world elegance and contemporary chic. Paula Crevoshay’s jewelry focuses on the way gems make light tangible; she is considered by many to be one of the finest colorists today. And Kent Raible finds his inspiration in the opulent, intricate gold work of antiquity. Whether encrusted with diamonds or emphasizing just one glimmering stone, all these bejeweled pieces are simply stunning.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Exquisite!
Brilliant photographs of marvellous works with glorious gemstones, a far remove from the mundane we see all too often.The skill of master gemstone cutters is outstanding. It's already a much thumbed addition to my library of jewelry works.

5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful book ...
... and well worth the money. Very inspiring designs presented in a well organized and photographed book.

5-0 out of 5 stars wedding rings
great book with great pictures albeit many rings too modern and far-out.still a great addition to my library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sparkle galore
Interested in beautiful things, or looking for inspiration for your jewelry making? Look no further.This is a glorious book, chock full of the latest designs from master jewelry makers.And are they all different!No matter what your taste you'll find things to like in this book.

There is a fabulous frog, done in emeralds, diamonds and other gems, leaping from the page on 261. Or modern design of a necklace that looks something like a waterfall on page 157. A "candy necklace" series of jewelry on page 190 are lovely, and in sharp contrast to thespare elegant, modern looks of the jewelry by Klaus Spies.

You'll love it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Gemstone examples by major jewelrs
This is a book which illustrates jewelry with a primary focus on stone settings by noted jewelers.While a nice 'picture book' it doesn't offer much more; moreover many of the examples, or similar examples, have already been seen elsewhere. ... Read more

4. The Jeweler's Directory of Gemstones: A Complete Guide to Appraising and Using Precious Stones From Cut and Color to Shape and Settings
by Judith Crowe
Hardcover: 176 Pages (2006-10-09)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$18.49
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Asin: 1554071666
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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For goldsmiths, collectors, jewelry-makers, investors, retailers and consumers.

The trade of gemstones is a highly specialized and often secretive business. Using The Jeweler's Directory of Gemstones, written by an expert gemstone dealer and designer, will provide any consumer with the insider knowledge needed to make accurate judgments of gemstones, to recognize low- and high-quality stones, and to make a good buy rather than a bad one.

Each full-color spread is packed with concise text, annotated drawings and beautiful photographs, including a showcase of virtuoso jewelry designs. Great for informed consumers, the book includes:

- Sources and grading
- Traditional and modern settings
- Cutting and faceting
- Designing a special setting
- Gemstone groups
- Appraising, buying and handling gemstones
- Diamond types and pearls
- Spotting synthetics and fakes.

Here is a sampling of the practical insider information in this book:

- Using a loupe to examine a stone
- Understanding laser cutting and carving
- Identifying synthetic diamonds
- Buying at gem fairs and from dealers
- Cleaning and storing stones.

No other book has this kind expert advice -- up-to-date, clearly presented and fully illustrated -- on evaluating and using gemstones. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (22)

4-0 out of 5 stars A review of the Jeweler's Directory

The book cover, binding and glossy pages are excellent.
High quality throughout with many many colour pictures.
Anyone interested in jewelry would find it filled with text book material but much more readable and understandable.
A valuble addition to your library or as a reference guide when buying jewelry.
I recommend it!

4-0 out of 5 stars This book is a Gem!
The Jeweler's Directory of Gemstones is a gem in it's own right.
The information, color photos and extensive description of the gemstones
is a true historic and professional guide.
Each gemstone is presented with a history, scientific background and
value that makes understanding the stone easy without being too boring.
This book is a great read for collectors, jewelers and the average
person interested gem knowledge.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource!
This is a GREAT resource for people who design jewelry and want to know stone origins and properties. I design and sell jewelry and many of my clients ask questions about the stones.....this helps give me the history people are asking about, as well as idiocyncracies of each type.VERY interesting for me as well as my clients!I wish there were even MORE stones included with this information.......but it does cover the basics....GREAT BOOK! easy to read and understand.......

2-0 out of 5 stars Images great, but lacks substance
Boy do I wish that the "Search Inside the Book" included the foreword by the author.This book is for JEWELRY MAKERS AND DESIGNERS, not for serious gem dealers or purchasers/appraisers.Little information on how to accurately class stones.There are great tips for those USING the gemstones and what to expect (conchoidal fracture of some stones, cutting recommendations, choosing the right materials).The gemstone family tree is minimal (IMHO).I guess I was hoping for a book with information on how to accurately use a loupe to discern internal details and quality than what this book provided.It was definitely too basic for me - probably since I have a geology/mineralogy background.Perhaps I should take the classes from GIA in order to be able to do what I really want with gemstones (even semi-precious gemstones) than what I can learn from a book.I will try out a couple more books to see what works best for me and then seriously considered taking a formal class.I am still considering sending this book back, or just keep it for general info.Anyway, if I had the appropriate knowledge on gemstones, it can only help me (and others) to purchase stones that are what sellers state and to be able to more fully understand the internal structure when using stones in my own work (whether natural - direct from seller; or if I cut them myself).My background in mineralogy is a help, but gemstones require a better eye and knowledge than the basic to graduate level mineralogy courses in my cache of knowledge.

This book is truly for the general jewelry designer and maker as stated in the forward.Do not get this book if you want more information than the basics.I do want to say that many of the images are spectacular, as well as some of the jewelry designs, and that is a plus.Maybe I should really give it 3 stars due to that.But pretty colored pictures do not provide the information I was looking for in a book on this subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I'm in to bead work and wanted to know more about gemstones
Great book. good price. Has all the info I was looking for. great photo too. ... Read more

5. Healing Crystals: The A - Z Guide to 430 Gemstones
by Michael Gienger
Paperback: 96 Pages (2005-10-01)
list price: US$8.95 -- used & new: US$4.61
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Asin: 1844090671
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Michael Gienger, a top authority on Crystal Healing, provides all the important information on 430 healing gemstones in a neat pocketbook!

Known for his popular introduction, Crystal Power, Crystal Healing, he presents a comprehensive directory of all the gemstones currently in use. In clear, concise language—with pictures accompanying the text—the author describes the characteristics and healing functions of each crystal.

All of Michael Gienger’s publications—this is his 11th—combine spiritual and scientific knowledge in a well-founded and easy-to-understand way, making his work accessible to everyone interested in this subtle, effective means of healing. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Book Ever for Gemstones
This is the book you want to buy. I have lots of books but this one has color photos of 430 gemstones and descriptions and uses of each. It is a small compact book that I keep handy when purchasing stones. My clients love this book so much they have purchased it also. You won't be dissatisfied with this one!! Make sure you check out this author's Gemstone Water book also!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent buying guide
I love this book!It is not meant to be an in depth study on crystal healing. Instead it gives you photo's and descriptions of over 400 stones.It is the perfect buyers guide.After each stone is a place to check it off if you own it.It also describes how hard to find each stone is.Fits in your back pocket to take with you to your favorite rock or metaphysical shop.

4-0 out of 5 stars A pocket Guide
This book is great as a pocket guide, though not as a hard-core reference book. What the book lacks in detail it makes up for in pictures and the amount of stones that are covered. I would not recommend this book for beginners.

3-0 out of 5 stars lots of gemstones
this really did not help me much with what i needed, but to someone else that knows alot of different stones it would be very useful. im just a beginner and there was alot of gems i have not heard b4

3-0 out of 5 stars Healing Crystals
I think this is an average reading book. For the beginner this would be an excellent start. Not advanced enough for me. ... Read more

6. Colored Gemstones, 2nd Edition: The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide: How to Select, Buy, Care for & Enjoy Sapphires, Emeralds, Rubies and Other Colored Gemstones
by Antoinette L. Matlins
Paperback: 224 Pages (2005-02)
list price: US$18.99 -- used & new: US$6.15
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Asin: 0943763452
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Purchasing coloured gemstones can be a magical experience, filled with excitement and anticipation. But lack of information, error, or misrepresentation can make buying gemstones confusing, intimidating, overwhelming, and costly. With more varieties than ever before to choose from, including altogether new gems, revolutionary new cuts, and new ways to buy gems - such as internet auctions and TV shopping - there has never been a more exciting time to buy or collect coloured gemstones. But there are also new high-tech treatments and sophisticated frauds to look out for. Lack of information, error, or misrepresentation can make the thrill of buying a gem or piece of jewellery confusing, intimidating, overwhelming, and costly. Buyers need a source of expert guidance. To help you avoid the pitfalls and keep the magic, Antoinette Matlins, an internationally respected expert on buying gems, puts her insider knowledge to work for you in this easy-to-read, easy-to-use guide. Practical, comprehensive, and easy to understand, the guide offers in depth all the information you need in order to know what to look for and what to look out for, including: what qualifies as a 'gemstone'?; how to evaluate colour - and its impact on price; deciding between a natural gem and an enhanced gem; coloured gemstone synthesis and treatment; what to ask when buying the stone; what to get in writing; how to get what you want within your budget; price guides for popular gems, opals, and synthetic stones; And much, much more! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good beginner reference
I bought both this and the Renee Newman book at the same time.This one is good, and they complement each other some, but if you can get only one, I would go for the Newman book.

5-0 out of 5 stars MUST READ

3-0 out of 5 stars Gems
There is a lot of good information in this book. However, it is not for someone new to the trade. Not many pictures to use while reading. makes it hard to follow certain parts of the text.

5-0 out of 5 stars Detailed Discussion of Enhancements, Color and Cut Make This Guide Exceptional.
"Colored Gemstones" is a beginners' guide to gemstones that aims to help consumers understand what types of gems are available, what to look for in determining value, and how to go about doing that. This book does not oversimplify the subject as some guides for beginners do. Author and gemologist Antoinette Matlins gives readers some preliminary guidance on how to familiarize yourself with a gemstone using a loupe and how to determine if it is well-cut. Then it is on to Part 2, which constitutes the bulk of the book and is a fount of essential and fascinating information.

First, the "4 C's" of color, clarity, cut, and carat, with particular emphasis on color and cut and how they relate to one another. Sample laboratory reports on gems are provided, so we see what a lab report can tell the consumer. The chapter on synthetic gems and enhancement treatments is particularly informative. The author describes common treatments and provides a very useful chart of treatments by gemstone. The chart lists treatments for 34 gem groups and indicates which treatments are typically used, seldom used, whether they are stable, and whether the treated gemstones require any special care, including which should avoid ultrasonic cleaners. Information on color enhancement spans several chapters.

A chapter on fraud and misrepresentation lists which gemstone treatments are acceptable practice and which are dishonest, with descriptions of the treatments, and a list of deceptive names often used to mislead customers. So we will know what our options are, the author lists gems by color, provides a list of gems not routinely enhanced for those who prefer natural stones, and a table of how much treated vs a natural stones differ in price. There is a detailed price guide for 21 groups of (faceted) gems, indicating what you may expect to pay for good to extra fine quality stones, wearability, and availability. Opal and synthetic price guides are separate. One chapter is dedicated to descriptions of about 40 gems, with data on hardness, chemical composition, wearability, and brilliance for each. Ms. Matlins concludes with specific advice on what to ask and look for when buying stones, what facts to make sure appear on your receipt, and tips for cleaning and caring for gems.

Having read Renee Newman's Gemstone Buying Guide, I find that Ms. Matlins' "Colored Gemstones" is more complete. This is primarily because the coverage of enhancements, synthetics, and price are more extensive in this book. Its discussions of how cut affects color are also better. That said, the "Gemstone Buying Guide" treats star and cat's eye stones more thoroughly and has a slight advantage in coverage of opal and jade. It provides more vital statistics, including refractive index, cleavage, and specific gravity. "Colored Gemstones" biggest shortcoming is the scarcity of photographs. There is a 16-page insert of color photos, but most of the gems discussed are not pictured. The "Gemstone Buying Guide" has far more photos, but if you have to choose one book, I think you'll be happier with "Colored Gemstones" unless your interest is in cat's eye or star gems.

4-0 out of 5 stars Informative but a lot of repetition
If you buy Jewellery and gem buying guide from the same author, you find it is a lot of repetition. However, to me this book is giving more information than the other one as the discussion of more focus on gemstone. ... Read more

7. Gemstones (DK Pockets)
by DK Publishing
Paperback: 160 Pages (2003-06)
list price: US$6.99 -- used & new: US$3.25
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Asin: 0789495961
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A fascinating guide to the more widely-known precious stones -- from uncut gems to spectacular examples of finished jewelry -- this is the ideal introduction to the glittering world of gems. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT INFORMATIVE BOOK!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but with limited information
It's a nice book if all you want or need is a basic reference about gemstones. It doesn't go into the properties to assist with purchasing. Nice photos and compact.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gemstones
Great little book, so much information in this tiny small pocket guide!
Much more than I expected...

5-0 out of 5 stars Before you buy your next stone, flip through this
This book is perfect for gem collectors.The information is easy to understand.I have loaned it out to several friends who have liked it as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars gemstones
great little book.lots of pictures and interesting facts about gemstones.bought this for my grand-daughter; she loved it. ... Read more

8. Simply Gemstones: Designs for Creating Beaded Gemstone Jewelry
by Nancy Alden
Paperback: 144 Pages (2009-07-14)
list price: US$22.95 -- used & new: US$11.90
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Asin: 0307451356
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Celebrities and fashion runways are glittering with gemstones more than ever these days, and chances are that if you’re a lover of jewelry and accessories you’ve lusted after a gem at some point in your life — be it turquoise, emerald, ruby, sapphire, tourmaline, or, of course, a diamond.

Now Nancy Alden returns with her popular Beadworks series, this time introducing readers to what can seem like a daunting project, creating jewelry from gemstones. But in her typical fashion, she takes the anxiety out of the process, showing anyone how to create stunning gemstone earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Today, precious and semi-precious stones are available in many bead stores and online at a range of price points, making what had once been exclusive, expensive projects completely doable.

You’ll also be introduced to stones such as the Peruvian Opal, Pink Sapphire, Rutilated Quartz and Peridot, among a slew of others that you may not be immediately familiar with, but with which it's easy to fall in love.From humble hematite chips to sparkling sapphires and uncut diamonds, in Simply Gemstones there’s a gem and a corresponding project that is sure to complement your look or make a special gift. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Precious" Hints
This book is a real handbook, either for beginners, either for skillful beaders. Many beautiful photos, great ideas and detailed explanations. I love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Book
No question about it this book is simply gorgeous.I agree that some of the projects may be cost prohibitive, but if this book inspires you it's really done its job.I can't wait to put my own twist on some of these designs.

3-0 out of 5 stars Only basic stringing for beginners
This book has nice pictures and pretty necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. However it is only a basic stringing book. The stones usedfor some of the projects are just very expensive, like the lorimar necklace that I evaluate around $600 to make, the tourmaline briolettes necklace, the blue green tourmaline necklace, and so on. Blue topaz chips of the size and quality she shows for one necklace are almost impossible to find even when you live in NYC and go to bead shows or on line. Nancy Alden could have suggested equivalent stones such as crazy blue agate for lorimar. She also provides no references for web search. Her explanations about gemstones and basic techniques can be found for free anywhere else and she could have used some of the pages to offer more challenging pieces, such as wire/chain gemstone necklace as can be seen on etsy. In summary this book is just OK.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fine craft guide
SIMPLY GEMSTONES: DESIGNS FOR CREATING BEADED GEMSTONE JEWELRY tells how to achieve a high-end look in creating gemstone jewelry, offering a guide to creating over 50 earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Color photos of finished products accompany construction methods, materials, and tools tips on each facing page, making for a fine craft guide for any collection strong in jewelry making.

4-0 out of 5 stars Simply Great
Already owning "Simply Pearls" by Nancy Alden, I was very interested to see that she had published "Simply Gemstones".I was pleasantly surprised with my purchase of this new book.It has some very inspiring ideas just like the earlier publication and again it attempts to "stretch' the reader/beader by encouraging him or her to try new combinations and seek out new discoveries such as Larimar.

I must admit that I have never really followed her designs to the letter, but instead have been inspired by them to develop my own approach.The author encourages her readers to do just that.I have already made a lovely necklace with lapis lazul using the cover design as my inspiration.I am very pleased with the result.

The earlier book had a gallery page showing all the designs covered. This section has not been included in the current publication and I think it suffersas a result because you cannot see all the designs at a glance.

I would recommend this book asa source and inspiration to people like myself who enjoy stringing and want to be challenged rather than to stay in their comfort zone! ... Read more

9. Gemstone Buying Guide, Second Edition: How to Evaluate, Identify, Select & Care for Colored Gems
by Renee Newman
Paperback: 156 Pages (2003-04)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$13.27
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Asin: 0929975340
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Buying colour gems is a challenge. To make a wise choice, you must be able to judge their colour, flaws, transparency and brilliancy. This guide will show you how. Written for both consumers and professionals, it is easy to read, has over 200 colour photographs and gives practical pointers on how to buy the best stone for the money. Whether you are interested in jade, opal, ruby, topaz, spinel, garnet, tourmaline or some other coloured gem, you will find this guide to be a fascinating and valuable resource. Topics covered include: price comparison; gem treatments; quality evaluation; gem cleaning and care; fake stones; savvy buying. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (26)

4-0 out of 5 stars Not your Mama's buying guide!
This guide is not a price list, so It won't become outdated by the time you receive it. It's more a guide to what to look for in each gemstone. I love it. It's great for understanding why this piece or that is priced as it is, it's good for helping to spot deals, & it's helpful if you're a faceting or lapidary hobbyist. My only regret is that it's so general as to where the gems originate. For example: what part of Afghanistan are the best lapis coming from? C'mon! If I win the lottery I want to go to the SOURCE to buy my stones! LOL

4-0 out of 5 stars Images and guidelines made this book useful
As one of three books purchased on this subject, I have to say the images are what makes this book.But the information within is great too, albeit somewhat limited on certain stones.With my geology background, I really enjoyed seeing the categories of gemstones classified in terms of:chemical composition, Moh's hardness scale rating, cleavage, crystal structure and more.The care tips are also useful particularly if you make jewelry and want your customers to be aware of how to properly care for their gemstones (or for you when cleaning your own gemstones!).Some gemstones have many varieties and this is covered quite well (e.g. Garnet - eight species and their names, varieties within species, color(s), and other mineralogical data that is useful to those who really want to understand the detailed identification of the mineral/gemstone.The accompanying photos often cover all the species listed - so a great visual aid.Keep in mind the images are of finished, mostly faceted gemstones. I want to also mention another great image/layout and it is about Jadeite colors as seen on 36 cabachons.I wanted to know about this for some time and now by using this guide, I can get a general sense as to how to determine quality and value of this particular stone.

I would recommend this book for beginner gemstone enthusiasts, but recommend other books, publications, and even talking with a true gemologist to help you understand specific topics in detail.I will refer to this book probably first when seeking an answer on most gemstone questions but will utilize other information when I need an in-depth knowledge review prior to purchase and analysis.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource for gem lovers and professionals
This book is fantastic. It contains a huge amount of information that is valuable to someone wanting to understand the factors that affect the value of colored stones. I highly recommend this book. I bought it as a gift and it was very well received.

5-0 out of 5 stars beautiful color photographs - eye for jewelry design
I've read quite a few gem books.This one excels in several ways.First there is a plethora of beautiful color photographs.Second the author gives current price ranges for various gems - unusual.The third is that the author has gathered unusual jewelry pieces using many of the gemstones in unique ways and frequently addresses issues of interest to the jewelry designer.The book would be especially interesting for an individual interested in gem and jewelry design, but is a great reference for anyone interested in gems and gem collecting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gemstone buying guide
This book is an excellent source of easy to understand information. The information is easy to follow but is also very specific and well written. I recommend this book to anyone buying colored stones even if it is already in jewelry. ... Read more

10. Handbook of Rocks, Minerals, and Gemstones (Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones)
by Walter Schumann Dr.
Paperback: 380 Pages (1993-01-04)
list price: US$22.00 -- used & new: US$9.85
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Asin: 0395511372
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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This handbook includes more than 600 stunning color photographs showing rocks, minerals, and gems from all over the world. Each specimen is described in detail: its origin and structure, chemical composition, hardness, color, and other properties. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rock Lover
The book was in great shape & very informative alsothe service was very quick.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful resource
This book was so good as a resource that our daughter wanted a second one...she is in the jewelry business and uses it as a great reference book.It contains great detailed photos of the gem stones, natural and cut, where they are mined and a bit of history with each, also.

4-0 out of 5 stars A reviewers are not equal
After reading a negative review on these pages at the advice of the reviewer I bought the Cambridge book he recommended. That was a mistake. Whereas the Cambridge book is a good reference book with lots of technical info and good photographs, it has not one photograph of rock in the field - precisely what I need. I've since purchased Schumann's Hand Book and I like it considerably more. The Cambridge book will sit on my shelf, Schuman's will get out in the field and serve me well.

1-0 out of 5 stars This book is a waste of money, it is very poor
I have actually reviewed this book for publication but the journal's policy is to not use negative reviews so it never appeared.It is difficult in just 1,000 words to summarize my review but I will say thatthe book is loaded with technical deficiencies, flat-out errors andinconsistencies that make it a very poor reference work.Furthermore, itwas translated by someone who knew nothing of minerals so the errorsintroduced by the translator are monumental, hundreds!There are termsdevised by the translator that mean nothing to English readers and don'tappear in any other mineral/gem book of any kind!

A truly bad look, yetit enjoys good sales because the public is so ill-informed aboutmineralogy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fine coffee-table book with great color photographs.
Originally published in German in 1985, this paperback is full of wonderful color photographs.Many specimens are from Germany or from other parts of Europe, and anyone wanting to view such specimens, but cannot travel to a museum in Europe, is advised to get this book as it would be an easier trip.

The text is non-technical, written for the layman with brief descriptions of the minerals, and is not to be used as an identification guide (as indeed some definitions are imprecise; e.g. the definition of a mineral), but is an interesting book and would make a fine coffee-table book for those interested in minerals (and in rocks, as half the book is devoted to rocks), with beautiful photographs.It might also make an introduction to the subject for friends of mineralogists who enjoy the beauty of minerals. ... Read more

11. Secrets of the Gem Trade: The Connoisseur's Guide to Precious Gemstones
by Richard W. Wise
Paperback: 274 Pages (2006-01-30)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$26.04
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Asin: 0972822380
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Secrets Of The Gem Trade is the first comphrehensive gemstone grading manual.The book divides into two parts.Section I describes the criteria used to quality grade faceted gems, cabochons, pearls, opals, star stones and Catseyes.

Section II applies the grading criteria to 35 of today's most important gemstones.The book covers diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, tourmaline, garnet, pearl, agate and opal

The book inludes 1st person travelogues from Mr. Wise's trips to the major gem bearing areas of the world, including Africa, Asia, Australia and South America. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (27)

5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Color Photos
I was in Richard and Rebekah Wise's shop in Lenox, MA (a very worthwhile visit) and bought this book mainly because of the photos, because of course as you're flipping through for the first time those are what catch your eye, and they are fabulous.What fun to go back to them again and again.All the information contained takes some time to absorb, but that's why I bought the book, as a reference guide that I can go back to.It'll make me a more knowledgable buyer.I recommend it highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Full-Color Images
Wonderful Color Images

Mr. Wise has written two books, Secrets of the Gem Trade and The French Blue.The first is in color; the second is a novel with black and white engravings.I'm not sure why s-Berry said that Secrets of the Gem Trade is in black and white--that is incorrect!I am totally stymied! He/she must be talking about The French Blue.

Secrets of The Gem Trade has more than 120 color images by my count.Apologies if I missed a few.The images are one of the book's best features, they truly illuminate the text.There is at least one image for each of the individual gem chapters.In addition, the author provides pictures of some of the world's legendary gems: The Hope Diamond, the Dresden Green, the Rockefeller Sapphire and the Caplin Ruby.The photographers include world-class gem photographers--Jeff Scovil, Tino Hamid and Robert Weldon.

To me, Secrets of the Gem Trade is a must book for every gem lover, collector and student.

1-0 out of 5 stars black and white- seriously?
I was very excited to get this book as i collect gemstones. But let me ask you this: how can you appreciate gemstones in all their glory if this book is in black and white?are you serious? a description of brilliant green can not be done justice if everything is in shades of gray. This book is a waste of money unless you are using it as a text book. I'd return it if i felt like making the trek to the post office.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy and read!
You should not miss this book if you like gems.
Written in a very didactic way. It is one of those books that must have a place in your library/book shelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars for better knowledge
I am not in gems trade I am only lover of the stones.This book gave me better
knowledge when I am buying something.It is good written so the readers can understand it.My recommendation to buy this book. ... Read more

12. Gems and Gemstones: Timeless Natural Beauty of the Mineral World
by Lance Grande, Allison Augustyn
Hardcover: 352 Pages (2009-11-15)
list price: US$45.00 -- used & new: US$28.21
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Asin: 0226305112
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Gems are objects of wealth, icons of beauty, and emblems of the very best of everything. They are kept as signs of prestige or power. Given as tokens of love and affection, they also come in a kaleidoscopic array of hues and can be either mineral or organic. Gems can command a person’s gaze in the way they play with light and express rich color. And they can evoke feelings of passion, greed, mystery, and warmth.


For millennia, gems have played an important role in human culture: they have significant value, both financially and within folklore and mythology. But just what are gems, exactly? This lavishly illustrated volume—the most ambitious publication of its kind—provides a general introduction to gems and natural gemstones, conveying their timeless beauty and exploring similarities among different species and varieties. Gems and Gemstones features nearly 300 color images of the cut gems, precious and semiprecious stones, gem-quality mineral specimens, and fine jewelry to be unveiled in a new Grainger Hall of Gems at The Field Museum in Chicago this October. The book and exhibition’s overarching theme will be the relationship between finished gems and their natural origin: while beautiful as faceted and polished pieces of jewelry, gems are often just as lovely—or even more so—as gemstones in their natural state. For example, an aquamarine or emerald as originally found in a mine with its natural crystal faces can be as stunning as any cut and polished gem prepared for a ring, bracelet, or charm.


Thoughtful of both ancient and modern times, Gems and Gemstones also includes fun-filled facts and anecdotes that broaden the historical portrait of each specimen. When Harry Winston, for instance, donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian in 1958, he sent it through the U.S. mail wrapped in plain brown paper. And for anyone who has ever marveled at the innovations of top jewelry designers, Gems and Gemstones features a dazzling array of polished stones, gold objects, and creations from around the world. Diamonds, sapphires, rubies, amethysts, pearls, topaz, amber—every major gem gets its due in what will be an invaluable source on the subject for years to come.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, with fascinating photos!
This is a wonderful book, with pictures of excellent quality and exquisite informations. It is a book that increases the will of knowing more and more on the wonderful world of the minerals. Definitively, a book highly recommended so much for those that are beginning to study the minerals, as for those that are already inside of this world!

5-0 out of 5 stars Well presented, balanced information
Well balanced in terms of geological information, history, and aesthetic presentation (images are outstanding and the book is well designed.) Much of the text is legitimately interesting to read; I found myself reading through large portions, which is rare for gem book.The book begins with well written introduction that properly prepares the reader for the information laid out throughout the book. Short chapters at the end on simulated stones, mining, and ethics were welcome additions.

My only gripe (not important enough to detract from my rating)is that materials from the Grainger Hall of Gems collection that were too soft for practical use were omitted with exceptions for commonly used organic materials, e.g. pearls, amber, ivory. This was somewhat frustrating, and I'm sure they would have used beautiful images to represent them. A condensed "too soft for jewelry" chapter would have been nice., the chapter on metals, aptly titled "Precious Metals (Primarily Gold)" only deals with gold; I expected at least silver to get an equal treatment. Of course, this book is plenty satisfying already, and a great buy for the price

5-0 out of 5 stars Informative and beautiful book
This book has everything you'd want to know about gems and gemstones. Also, the pictures within really bring the minerals and gems alive. The artwork these gems are fashioned into are often quite intriguing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding new book on gemstones
Wonderful new book on gemstones really delivers! Instead of a few tiny color photos at the back, like other books, this book actually is primarily composed of color photos.The accompanying information will inspire even more investigation for the amateur gemologist--there is a map of mining locations, for instance.
There are photos of both the original minerals and jewelry made from the resulting gems.
This is one of the best books I have ever encountered on the subject, very thoughtfully organized and entertaining as well. Highly recommended !

5-0 out of 5 stars Gems and Gemstones
This is a beautiful book with exquisite photographs of gems and gemstones. Very informative text. It is great for both experienced collectors or novices interested in crystals. Also would make a wonderful gift item. Highly recommended. ... Read more

13. Making Jewelry with Gemstone Beads
by Barbara Case
Paperback: 128 Pages (2007-11-02)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$10.85
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Combines the popular craft of beading with beautiful semi-precious stones, which are collected by many.

Features a variety of versatile ideas which can be adapted for any type of gem or bead.

Readers will learn to reate beautiful gemstone jewelry with this dazzling collection of over 100 projects, ranging from eyecatching earrings and accessories to exquisite necklaces and bracelets. This beautiful book offers an impressive range of 28 beautiful semi-precious stones (including birthstones) and a glimpse into the fascinating history and mythical properties behind them. Projects range from the simplest stringing to more detailed beadwork to cater for all levels of ability. Clear artworks, beautiful photographs and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions ensure flawless results. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Gemstone Book
This book is great, beautiful pictures, interesting facts about gemstones. Good info on "how to". Book is priceless.

3-0 out of 5 stars Several variations on the same few designs
Lots of nice pictures, but the designs are all fairly basic.

The book is set up to show projects made of various mostly semi-precious beads, in alphabetical order, from agate to turquoise.

Though it does make for a less expensive project, I was disappointed that most of the metal findings and beads featured were silver-plated or gold-plated.Most other bead jewelry books, even those featuring glass beads, usually use sterling silver and vermeil findings.I just found this an odd thing, for the author to pair gemstones with plated beads and findings.

As I flipped through the book, I kept seeing the same basic designs repeated over and over: one, two, or three-strand necklaces with either a single pendant, or three, five or seven dangles or tassles.

Nothing too complicated, nor, unfortunately, much different from many bead jewelry books from the last 15 years.

4-0 out of 5 stars Making jewelry with gemstone beads
This purchase was a gift and the recipient said it helped them to understand using the different types of beads and stones when making jewelry. Lots of beautiful illustrations and ideas....

5-0 out of 5 stars Gemstone Beads Book Review
This is an excellent for someone who is thinking of beading using gemstones for the first time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Images superb...but need more substance in other areas
Author Barbara Case brings out the beauty of selected gemstones (my favorites to use in my own work) by using beads of vaious sizes, shapes, and types and the book images reflect that.However, the dangles are all laid out (spread apart) to see their components - great, I grant you - but I would have liked to see how they actually look when hung around a neck for that will show the true appeal of the dangles.So good images reflect the beading design, yet in terms of how it may look around your neck is another matter.

The chart on pages 10 and 11 is a plus as many 'common' stones (wish more were included) are systematically categorized into the typical sizes of round beads, other common shapes seen in the stone type (important as some stones are not cut in specific ways due to the chemical and structural composition), the relative costs of these stones (from very low to very high -- allows for jewelry designers to better evaluate a sale price if an item is sold and/or giving one an idea as to what they can expect to spend if they wanted to use such a stone in their personal designs), placing the gemstone into the birthstone category, and lastly the various attributes often associated with each stone (e.g. LAPIS = wisdon, truth, awareness and JADE = protection on journeys, luck).Additional information can be gathered on the various stones (e.g. hardness/softness of the stone and recommendations on how to properly utilize it - e.g. some stones are 'softer' than others) in the descriptions on various stones along with designs in the second part of the book -- wish this information would have been in the chart, too.This would come in handy and if such information is all tabled together, it would make a great "mini-poster" to the gemstone designer.

Maybe I missed it, but one of the greatest pieces of information when working with gemstones is the weight of some of the stones.This is really important when designing a piece, especially earrings.Also it is important when determing the type of wire, cord, thread to use when designing, for you don't want the necklace to fall apart if the stringing material does not work well with the type of stone used.

So the good things - amazing images of the stones and design projects (some of the designs are very different from those seen in other books, which is always a plus when one wants to get out of a design rut), recommendations/tips, tidbits of historical facts regarding the stones and their 'mystical' or 'cultural' value, ranking of difficulty for nearly every design shown, and the decent chart made it a great reference chart.The bad things - lack of info regarding weight of some stones, not including newer products available (published in 2007 so one would have expected a few of the newer innovations to improve jewelry designs e.g. wire guardians), my personal desire to see how the design looked when hung on the neck or ear, and a wish that more of the gemstones used today were included.Therefore, with this being said I would have given the book a 3.5 star rating, but the images pushed it up to a solid 4 in comparison to other like books.I would also recommend this book to BEGINNERS (and even though some designs are ranked above 5, beginners can still do these as the images really provide clarity on how the piece is put together) and TO INTERMEDIATE jewelry designers. ... Read more

14. Michael's Gemstone Dictionary: Metaphysical Properties of Gems and Minerals (Michael Speaks Book)
by Michael, Judithann David, J. P. Van Hulle
 Paperback: 416 Pages (1990-06)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Michael's Gemstone Dictionary: Metaphysical Properties of Gems and Minerals
I have several books on metaphysical properties of stones and crystals, but what I like about Michael's Gemstone Dictionary is the way the properties are grouped by what they help with.For instance; if you are wanting to find a stone or crystal to help with healing a body part, you would look to the chapter on the Physical Body.Here you would find ALL of the stones available for you to choose from in one place.You wouldn't have to know the properties of any one particular stone, the information is in on place.It's very easy to use even for a beginner.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for metaphysical properties of stones and crystals.


5-0 out of 5 stars Michael's Gemstone Dictionary
of all the books I have read on healing gemstones, this is the best one I own; and I own a fair amount of books such as these.It covers many areas and even has it divided by catorgies and then by the alphabetic mention of the stones.it also covers stones that are not often found in general books about healing stones.If I were to say one needs at least one "bible" of gemstone healing, this should be the one.

5-0 out of 5 stars It was good for me, if not for you; love and peace!
To assume that the same medicine will work on everything that can be labeled as 'human' is a mistake in all areas. We all have so many different energetic configurations that I feel what works for some does not for others.

I had tried other rock and mineral books by Scott Cunningham and others and found that the usages offered simply did not work for me. Does this mean I should "laugh my way" through a Scott Cunningham book? Only if I'm shortsighted about the diverse energetic nuances of the human race. Cunningham's writings have sold so widely they must be useful to many, if not to me.

I feel the same thing applies to Michael's Gemstone Dictionary. I have had so much intense, noteworthy energetic success using lapidary specimens according to the suggestions in this book.

The book is well organized, well written, and covers most rocks I've ever wanted to investigate. An updated version including the few rocks it didn't cover would be icing on the cake. I do find that the physical descriptions offered don't always cover ALL the various forms of a specimen. Which is almost no big deal, since the book shouldn't be used to identify unknown specimens anyway.

I have found that certain listings are of no use, such as:

Ammonite: (Fossilized Shells). Same in effect as shell.
(so we go to "shell")

Shell: Similar in effect to Bone and Ivory. See types by name such as Mother of Pearl, Cameo Shell, or Clam Shell.

Although certain entries like Ammonite may as well have been left out, the book is pretty extensive and sensitive nevertheless with properties for so many rocks.

Shattuckite: (Blue in color). a). Puts one in touch with the different facets of one's higher self. These facets include the ability to be in accord with nature and animals, to appreciate the finer aspects of power, prosperity, and relationships with one's fellow man, as well as the experience of higher truth, transcendent love and wisdom. b). In the Michael system, puts one in touch with different degrees of essence: from the least, to the most developed aspects of one's essence.

Tourmaline, Green to Dark Green: a). Produces a greater ability to communicate in everyone. One can be quite eloquently charismatic. Emphasizes the clear communication of information, wisdom, and truth. b). In the Michael system, balances Sages.

Diamond, Herkimer: For vivid dreaming and astral clarity. Use with Rhodocrosite to remember dreams better.

Howlite: a). Brings new ideas into clear focus. Pulls one into artistic creation and inspiration. Helps one bring new things into one's life in a creative way. b). Balances and heals the sixth chakra. Especially good for one that has been overworked. c). In the Michael system, Balances the Higher-Intellectual Center. Artisans particularly enjoy using this stone.

The book breaks down rock usages beautifully:

1). starting with suggestions for balancing individual chakras, then

2).moving on to suggestions for various categorized wants and needs that seem to broadly cover any aspects of human existence that one can think of (both physical and subtle). Covers illness, emotions, creativity, abundance, acutely particular spiritual issues, the list is quite large.

3).The book moves on to suggestions according to Michael personality/body type specifications, and I had no trouble understanding and utilizing the information even though I'm not exactly a student of the "Michael System". Whether or not the "Michael Teaching" info in this book is easily understood simply depends on the type of comprehension a reader posesses as their own unique personal trait. Even though this section is easily understood and useful to me, this part could be completely ignored and I would never run out of desired info due to the extensive nature of the rest of the book.

4). Next part is an alphabetized listing of (probably) every rock specimen listed in the book with a description of properties. Handy, Handy quick reference.

5). Nice index in the back lists every page a rock is listed, but does not offer page information for issue subjects such as "addictions and bad habits". That type of info is available in the 8-page table of contents.

Since no large body of channeled information can be broadly applied to every single person, I would recommend borrowing a copy from the library and trying it out for a bit to discern if it is a handy book for your particular energy type.


4-0 out of 5 stars Okay, but context very specific
This is a little gemstone dictionary that gives properties of stones based on the Michael Teaching.It is specific to the Michael Teaching, and based on that, pretty fun to use.If you aren't a "Michael Student" then many of the definitions won't make sense.

It doesn't list all the available gemstones, but gets to most of them.An update would be nice.

1-0 out of 5 stars Utter Nonsense
I bought this book years ago on a whim. What a mistake! It is without a doubt one of the worst books on stones I have ever read.

One of the more amusing things it says is that black tourmaline is useless other than perhaps for helping potted plants grow. Aquamarine is good for getting your energy up and amethyst as well.

I have worked with stones in a metaphysical way for over 20 years and laughed my way through most of this book once I got over the fact that I had actually spent money on it!

Said to be channelled by a group from the Pleiades, I truly think that the writer needed to change the channel. ... Read more

15. Colored Gemstones, 3rd Edition: The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide--How to Select, Buy, Care for & Enjoy Sapphires, Emeralds, Rubies and Other Colored Gems With Confidence and Knowl
by Antoinette Matlins
Paperback: 203 Pages (2010-05-31)
list price: US$18.99 -- used & new: US$11.59
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This book gives you all the information you need to buy, collect, sell or simply enjoy sapphires, emeralds, rubies and other coloured gemstones with confidence and knowledge. With more varieties than ever before to choose from, including altogether new gems, revolutionary new cuts and new ways to buy gems - such as Internet auctions and TV shopping - there has never been a more exciting time to buy or collect coloured gemstones. But there are also new high-tech treatments and sophisticated frauds to look out for. Lack of information, error or misrepresentation can make the thrill of buying a gem or piece of jewellery confusing, intimidating, overwhelming and costly. Buyers need a source of expert guidance. This practical, comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide provides all the information you need in order to know what to look for, and what to look out for, including: what qualifies as a 'gemstone'; how to evaluate colour - and its impact on price; deciding between a natural gem and an enhanced gem ...and new glass-gemstone compositions; coloured gemstone synthesis and treatment; what to get in writing; how to get what you want within your budget; price guides for popular gems, opals and synthetic stones; important information about buying on the Internet; and, what to ask when buying the stone . ..and much more! Written by an 'insider', this easy-to-read guide is the 'unofficial coloured gemstone bible' for anyone who wants to get the most for their money and enjoy what they have purchased. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars New gems, new cuts, and new buying methods via Internet and TV shopping are all covered here
Newly updated and expanded is a key reference for any library catering to gemstone collectors and jewelry makers. This includes all the basics needed to assess gemstones and how to avoid common issues form how to identify a natural versus an enhanced gem to what to get in writing when purchasing, and how to establish and stay within budget. New gems, new cuts, and new buying methods via Internet and TV shopping are all covered here.

5-0 out of 5 stars Antoinette Matlins Buying Colored Gemstones
Excellent guide for the novice colored gemstone buyer.Readable, understandable, helpful.This is the second Antoinette Matlins book I've purchased.I recommend anyone interested in buying gemstones and genstone jewelry read her books before they buy! ... Read more

16. Gemstones A to Z: A Handy Reference to Healing Crystals
by Diane Stein
Paperback: 288 Pages (2008-05-01)
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Legendary healer Diane Stein shares her extensive knowledge of gemstones in this concise agate-to-zircon reference. Each listing includes the stone's common name, its corresponding color and chakra, and a concise resume of its healing properties. Stein suggests ways to use stones to support physical and psychic well-being, by simply carrying one in a hand or pocket, wearing it as jewelry, or engaging in more advanced practices like the "laying on of stones." She also presents a glossary of terms designed for beginning students of metaphysical healing practices, and teaches how to clear, dedicate, and maintain crystals to maximize their beneficial effects. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What an accurate title!
Diane Stein has done it again! This little reference guide has info I've found no where else about crystals. This is a delightful little book about our delightful Crystal Friends that anyone who loves working with and living with Crystals will truly enjoy. Thank you Diane, for this wonderful handy reference to our healing Crystal friends!

5-0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyed This Book
I just received this book about a wk. ago and couldn't put it down. Read it almost cover to cover. I say if you're into gemstones, buy and read this one. I only recently got into stones and crystals and learned so much with this book. This being only the second one I've purchased on the subject. There are some pictures but her descriptions are wonderful and enough. I love my new hobby of 'stoneology'. I'm not so sure of my husband's opinion of it though. Most of my stones were bought as jewelry to sell in my eBay store and I'm not selling them now. I'm keeping and wearing, and loving them. I never was into sterling or gemstones in my life before. Only gold and basically diamonds. I'm 55 yrs. old and through my old age have acquired too good of taste in jewelry. And now that I'm getting into gemstones and sterling, that too is in very nice taste. My poor husband is stuck with the bills. WELL WHATEVER! I got off the subject. This is a GREAT BOOK and I suggest anyone, especially novices to buy this an read it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy Guide to Crystals
Thank you for your speedy delivery of this book.It is a very comprehensive reference for using crystals and gemstones. It is just what I was looking for.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful gemstone meanings
Diane Stein's books are always good. This is an excellent companion to her book "Gemstones and Crystals". Some of the meanings of stones that are in here, I had never seen anywhere else. Highly recommended!

4-0 out of 5 stars Refer to often!
This book is just what it says on the cover, a "Reference" book.Just a few pictures, but those included are very nice photographs; if you know your stones/gems, this should not be a deciding factor in purchasing. Author lists some of the newer stones not in other books of this type, for example, prehnite and prasiolite (although she refers the reader to Citrine for prasiolite which is green amethyst so I'm unsure about that connection (different chakra). Then again, she skips some stones I was trying to look up (pink opal). Overall, this is a book I refer to often so as to cross-reference as her descriptions of their use is more detailed than a lot of other books. I find that if you're interested in gemstones, you really need several books in your library ( I have over 20). A lot of information here in nice size, would be easy enough to put in your purse and take to a Gem and Mineral Show. ... Read more

17. Gemstones of the World: Newly Revised & Expanded Third Edition
by Walter Schumann
Hardcover: 272 Pages (2007-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Gemstones of the World is truly the single volume that every hobbyist, jeweler, jewelry maker, and rockhound needs: it’s the cornerstone of the field. And this updated edition contains a host of new findings on “Gemstones for Collectors,” additional gems in the “Table of Constants,” and the “double fraction” figures that experts have long wanted—a very special new feature.

All the gemstones are treated in their many variations: more than 1,500 full-color photos showcase each precious and semiprecious stone in both its rough, natural, and its polished and cut renditions. Each entry offers complete information on the gemstone’s formation, structure, physical properties, and characteristics, along with the best methods of working, cutting, and polishing it. There are even full treatments of lesser-known gems, from andalusite to vesuvian, and a special section is devoted to rocks as precious stones, including alabaster, onyx, obsidian, and fossils. Organic gem materials are also covered, such as coral, ivory, amber, and pearl. Charts and tables help collectors identify unknown gemstones and check for genuineness.
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Customer Reviews (25)

5-0 out of 5 stars Won't Travel or Purchase Without This Reference!
My travels around Asia sparked my interest in buying gems, jade and pearls. After a few false starts, I knew I needed a resource I could carry with me and consult on the spot. Not only do I feel more confident in my purchases, I know see items that are of value that I passed by because I didn't understand what they were. The book covers a great deal of information despite its small format. At first I wasn't interested in the beginning chapters. I thought they were for jewelers or more serious collectors. Now I'm reading them to gain additional insight into this world. The photos are fabulous. Some of the stones in their original forms are more beautiful than the jewelry versions. I purchased the other 2 books offered with this one, but this is by far the best. There is now a 4th edition you can pre-order.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gemstones of the World
Lovely book that came highly recommended to me by some lapidary friends.A must-have for anyone dealing in gemstones.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful book
We are enjoying this book a great deal.It has information that we've not seen in other books on this subject.Nice to browse, and useful as a reference

5-0 out of 5 stars So very helpful
I have been searching for a book to help me navigate through the maze of common names for different kinds of stones used to make beads.This book has photos of the stones in their natural state, as well as their polished state.It has lists of names attributed to certain stones.As a beader, I have found it very helpful in identifying stone beads and understanding what the different stones are.

4-0 out of 5 stars Gemstones of the World is a world of information
I'm new to investing/collecting gemstones. This book provides information on gemstones including traits, chemical compositione, mining locations, history, grading scales and much more. Many beautiful color photos. Great for anyone interested in gems ... Read more

18. Healing with Crystals and Gemstones: Balance Your Chakras and Your Life
by Daya Sarai Chocron
Paperback: 144 Pages (2005-05-01)
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Asin: 1578633443
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This unique approach to wellness with crystals contains Daya Sarai Chocron's trademark methods including pain-relief prisms, cranial crystals, and mandala-stone patterns for increasing vitality.From curing a headache to helping the heart and other organs to overcoming arthritis and other bone-related issues, this remarkable book contains essential information for a healthier and happier life.

Chocron explains in clear terms the theory behind how gems and stones heal by interacting electromagnetically with the body.She also teaches us how to get in tune with and work with the etheric body, the subtle life force that sustains the physical body and serves as the matrix for the metabolic functions.Illness, she teaches,beginning with misalignment of either the etheric body or physical body can result in a domino effect of maladies.Imbalance in the etheric body can cause low energy depression; stress-related diseases such as shingles, ulcers, and migraines; and any number of other serious physical problems. Learn to work with crystals, gems, and the chakras to make sure everything is in proper alignment. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended primer
This is one of the most heartfelt guides for working with minerals for healing and spiritual growth. I was elated to find it back in print and look forward to another generation of crystal lovers having access to this gem of a guidebook. Chocron's work was ahead of her time, as she began to explore the benefits of stones only recently available to the crystal community when her book was first written. She has a wide background upon which she calls to simply and clearly explain the uses of crystals. Each entry in the book includes not only the physical and emotional uses of the stones, but also delves into the deepest spiritual impact that each gem has upon us.

The only reason I didn't give this edition five stars was the quality of the photographs as well as the production value of the book itself. In the original edition, the illustrations were full-colour plates; this version has blurry black-and-white reproductions which fail to show the detail that the first printings had. The bindings of many copies of the 2005 edition are also uneven or poorly adhered. I'm not sure how long one will last if it is well loved and used daily. I highly recommend seeking the original edition from the eighties. ... Read more

19. Turquoise: The World Story of a Fascinating Gemstone
by Joe Dan Lowry, Joe P Lowry
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2010-10-01)
list price: US$75.00 -- used & new: US$45.00
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Asin: 1423602897
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Turquoise has been mined on six continents and traded by cultures throughout the world's history, including the European, Chinese, Mayan, Aztec, Inca, and Southwest Native American. It has been set in silver and gold jewelry, cut and shaped into fetish animals, and even formed to represent gods in many religions. This gemstone is displayed in museums around the world, representing the arts and traditions of prehistoric, historic, and modern societies. Turquoise focuses on the latest information in science and art from the greatest turquoise collections around the globe.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the Best for October 2010
This book was rated a "Best of the Best" by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet for October, 2010. ... Read more

20. Gemstone
by Barbara Delinsky
Mass Market Paperback: 336 Pages (1993-08-01)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$3.43
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Asin: 0061042331
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky shares her special magic in this poignant tale, first published in 1983, of past mistakes and second chances.

It's been eight years since Sara McCray has seen her ex-husband, Jeff Parker, after she fled their San Francisco mansion and stifling life controlled by his domineering mother. But the naive young bride has returned a confident woman with her own business. Jeff, too, has changed. Since his mother's death he's become his own man, masterfully in control of the family business and estate.When they meet, the strong attraction that brought them together long ago is reawakened. But when Jeff asks Sara to stay, his offer has little to do with romance. Now Sara must decide: Does she dare be just a business partner with a man she's never stopped loving? Or does she turn her back on what may be her one chance for happiness?

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4-0 out of 5 stars strong woman, dumb man...
I really liked that she was strong but gentle and loving - and that she KNEW (without a lot of waffling) that she loved this man. What frustrated me was that he had to play games and waffle himself to get her to "stay". I really enjoy Delinsky's later books where the love interest has a brain as well as a body, and where the relationship itself is honest, progresses along strongly, and yet still can suprise and delight you at the end.Much as I liked her, he ruined it for me.

1-0 out of 5 stars Gemstones was not a gem
Normailly I love Barbara Delinsky's books.However, this one seemed trite.Amazing Grace and Three Wishes were awesome books.

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for sure
One of my all time favs.Delinsky at her best! A must read for all of her fans!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gemstone
I was very pleased with this story, I'm always wishing for follow up books with these good stories.

4-0 out of 5 stars A life-altering romance that dancing in your soul
This book takes you back and forth to the busy life of the city and the quiet solitude of the country. There are psychological barriers that restrain the relationship between Sara and Jeff that are subtle butpresent. Sara is certainly a self-made woman and is reluctant to love yetfinds her new suiter impossible to resist. You'll have a hard time puttingthis one down also, this author is so magical, once you read her work youyearn for more of it. ... Read more

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