After reading my books, you may want to broaden your knowledge about gems and jewelry. You'll find a wealth of additional information in the books below:
If you collect gems, minerals or fossils, you should have a look at the
Gem Trails Series published by Gem Guides Book Company. Each of the guides has maps, photos, and detailed text about where to go and what to look for in sites of various states and regions
Gem Trails of Arizona by James R. Mitchell
Gem Trails of Northern California by James R. Mitchell
Gem Trails of Southern California by James R. Mitchell
Gem Trails of Colorado by James R. Mitchell
Gem Trails of Nevada by James R. Mitchell
Gem Trails of New Mexico by James R. Mitchell
Gem Trails of Oregon by James R. Mitchell
by Scott Stepanski & Karenne Snow
Gem Trails of Texas by Brad L. Cross
Gem Trails of Utah by James R. Mitchell
Desert Gem Trails of California and Nevada by Mary F. Strong
Crystal and Gemstone Divination by Gail Butler
Fee Mining & Rockhounding Adventures in the West, by James Monaco & Jeannette Hathaway Monaco
Florida's Geological Treasures by Iris Tracy Comfort
GPS Guide to Western Gem Trails, by David A. Kelty
by June Culp Zeitner
Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, an excellent magazine for collectors and rockhounds.
Gem Identification & Weight Estimation
American Cut: The First 100 Years by Al Gilbertson. An illuminating and engaging chronology of the development of diamond cutting. Loaded with intriguing photos and stories, it dispels the myths about the "American Ideal Cut". If you cut diamonds, sell antique jewelry or promote well-cut diamonds, this is a must-have book.
Gem Testing Techniques by Alan Hodgkinson. A lifelong work on gem identification that became a classic the moment it was published. Every gemologist should own a copy. 551 pages, thousands of color pages.
Laboratory-grown Diamonds: Information Guide to HPHT-grown and CVD-grown Diamonds by Branko Deljanin and Dusan Simic. Shares breakthrough findings on lab-grown diamonds produced by High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) methods, highlighting the many changes and developments in growth-technology and identifications methods of these diamonds. Full color, $20. To order, call (604) 630-0464.
Identification of Gemstones by Michael O'Donoghue and Louise Joyner, published by Butterworth Heinemann. A comprehensive gem identification guide, this book deals with each gem species, outlining all the features a gem tester has to know before making an identification.
Handbook of Gem Identification. a classic by Richard T., Jr. Liddicoat, who for 50 years was chairman of the Gemological Institute of America
The Complete Handbook for Gemstone Weight Estimation by Charles Carmona. The most complete guide for estimating weights of mounted gemstones ever published
Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide by Richard Hughes. Another masterpiece by Hughes that is far more than just a magnificent, fascinating coffee table book with superb photos. It's also a useful reference for collectors, dealers, gemologists and consumers about the geographic sources, quality characteristics, lab reports, gemological properties, treatments, literary references and history of ruby & sapphire.
Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide by Richard Hughes. The definitive guide on ruby and sapphire and a companion to Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide. 816 pages, more than 1000 top-quality photos. At $200 this is a rare bargain.
Microworld of Diamonds: A Visual Reference by John Koivula, published by Gemworld International, Inc. With more than 350 vivid color photographs, it documents the intriguing microscopic world of natural diamonds, synthetic diamonds and their imitations
Collecting and Classifying Coloured Diamonds by Stephen C. Hofer. The most authoritative reference for fancy-colored diamonds, over 700 superb color photographs
Forever Brilliant: The Aurora Collection of Colored Diamonds by Stephen Bronstein and Stephen C. Hofer. A simplified and more affordable version of Collecting and Classifying Coloured Diamonds.
Photoatlas of Inclusions in Gemstones Volumes 1, 2 & 3 by E. J. Gubelin and John Koivula. An exhaustive resource on the geological formation of gemstones as well as their physical, optical and chemical properties and guests inclusions by the world's most renowned gem inclusion photographers. More than 1400 color plates in each Volume. To order call 760 734-3806.
Fred Ward Gem Series on the history, geology, lore and sources of gemstones; the perfect complement to the Newman Gem & Jewelry Series.
Antique Jewelry and Cameos
Auction Market Resource for Gems & Jewelry by Gail Levine, a skilled gemologist who examines all jewelry pieces on site at the auction houses. A well organized reference guide with photos, pricing and detailed descriptions for jewelry and gems sold at auction.
Warman's Jewelry, 3rd Edition by Christie Romero. An invaluable identification guide with detailed descriptions, photos and pricing information for the most popular jewelry from the late 18th, 19th and 20th centuries
Cameos Old & New, 4th Edition by Anna Miller, revised by Diana Jarrett. The most comprehensive and current book on cameos. Jarrett did an outstanding job updating, expanding and illustrating this new fourth edition. If you buy, sell or appraise cameos, this is a must-have book.
(Gemmology is the British spelling of Gemology)
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