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Gem and Gemstone Books

Learn about gems and gem materials with these books on gemstones!

For thousands of years, human beings have been captivated by the natural beauty of gemstones. Whether you're a jeweler, gemologist, lapidary artist, gem hunter, or you simply enjoy seeing and buying beautiful gemstone jewelry, we have a book about gems for you. Please browse our selection below.



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Books About Gemstones



Geology of Gems
by Eugenii Kievlenko

Only $159.99
Very few books have been written about the geology of gem deposits. This is the first comprehensive English language publication to place gem deposits into a concise geological and genetic framework. Eighteen chapters devoted to specific information about specific gem materials. Any person who wants to be a "gem hunter" will benefit from reading this book.   More information, table of contents.


Gemstones - Smithsonian Handbook
by Cally Hall

Only $20.00
A great book for reading or reference, this handy (6.0" x 8.5") handbook presents interesting facts and full-color photos for hundreds of different gemstones. Contains 160 pages with a glossary, gemstone properties chart and index. High School and up.   More information, table of contents.


Simon and Schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious Stones
by Curzio Cipriani and Alessandro Borelli. Edited by Kennie Lyman and translated by Valerie Palmer.

Only $18.95
"Includes comprehensive entries on all major gems and precious stones and more than 450 full-color photographs."   More information, table of contents.



Gems of the World
by Cally Oldershaw

Only $24.95
An introduction to gemstones. Includes information about how they are mined, cut, and prepared for sale. How to buy and identify them. Hundreds of photos and illustrations give you a detailed description for major and minor gem varieties. This book is a 7 1/2" x 9 5/8" paperback with 256 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Gemstone Buying Guide
by Renee Newman, G.G.

Only $19.95
A great book to learn about the market for colored gemstones. Includes lots of basic information about colored gemstones. This book is a 7" x 9" paperback with 155 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Guide to Gems
by Cally Oldershaw

Only $18.95
An illustrated guide to the identification, properties and uses of gemstones. This book is a 5" x 7 3/4" paperback with 224 pages. Loaded with photos and page-by-page descriptions for major and minor gems.   More information, table of contents.


Gemstones of the World
by Walter Schumann

Only $24.95
A comprehensive book for people who cut, collect, admire or want to learn about gemstones. It includes lots of color photos and information. This book is a 5 1/4" x 7 3/4" hardcover with 320 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Gemstones: Symbols of Beauty and Power
by Eduard Gubelin and Franz-Xaver Erni

Only $24.95
This book could serve as a textbook for learning about gemstone geology, properties, manufacture, uses and characteristics. This book is a 9 3/4" x 12" hardcover with 240 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Frozen Light: The Eternal Beauty of Crystals
by Lawrence Stoller

Only $74.95
This is the ultimate coffee table book for anyone who enjoys crystals! This beautiful hardcover book contains lots of impressive color photos and a wealth of information. A 9 1/2" x 13" hardcover with 175 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Exotic Gems Volume 1
by Renee Newman, G.G.

Only $19.95
Profusely illustrated, Exotic Gems I helps you see and understand gemstones. Detailed descriptions for rhodochrosite, zultanite, sunstone, moonstone and other feldspar gems. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 153 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Exotic Gems Volume 2
by Renee Newman, G.G.

Only $19.95
Profusely illustrated, Exotic Gems II helps you see and understand gemstones. Detailed descriptions for alexandrite, andalusite, chrysoberyl cat's eye, kyanite, common opal, fire opal, dinosaur gembone, tsavorite, rhodolite and other garnets. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 154 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Gem Care
by Fred Ward

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Although Gem Care is a small book, it is loaded with specific information about the properties of the most popular gemstones and how those stones should be worn, cleaned, stored and cared for. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 33 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Diamond Handbook
by Renee Newman, G.G.

Only $19.95
This book starts with the basics of defining a diamond and diamond formation. Then it explains the important details of diamonds. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 186 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Guide to Diamonds
by Fred Ward

Only $19.95
In this book, Fred Ward traces the history of diamond mining, exploration, cutting and use from the earliest known use in India at about 400 BC to the manufacturing of synthetic diamonds. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 64 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Opal Identification and Value
by Paul B. Downing, Ph.D.

Only $49.95
This our favorite book about opal. It clearly describes the many different types of opal in language that is easy to understand in a 6 1/2" x 9 1/4" hardcover with 212 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Opals
by Fred Ward

Only $19.95
Opal is a fascinating category of gemstone because there are so many varieties and each individual stone is absolutely unique. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 64 pages.   More information, table of contents.


The Amber Book
by Ake Dahlstrom and Leif Brost

Only $26.95
The Amber Book explains how amber forms and its role in human history. This book is a 6 3/4" x 9" hardcover with 134 pages.   More information, table of contents.



Emeralds: A Passionate Guide
by Ronald Ringsrud, with a foreword by John Koivula

Only $79.95
Here is one of the few books that truly covers a gemstone from the ground to a ring on a lady's finger. This book is an 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" hardcover with 382 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Emeralds
by Fred Ward

Only $19.95
Fred Ward teaches you about the history of emeralds and then takes you on a hunt for emeralds to places like Columbia and Zambia. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 64 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Turquoise Unearthed
by Joe Dan Lowry and Joe P. Lowry

Only $12.95
Filled with beautiful photos of turquoise from mining to finished jewelry, this book will teach you a lot about this beautiful stone. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 74 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Turquoise: Mines, Mineral and Wearable Art
by Mark P. Block

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The book is almost completely filled with colorful photos of beautiful turquoise jewelry - each with an interesting and informative description. This book is an 8 1/2" x 11" paperback with 160 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Jade
by Fred Ward

Only $19.95
Fred Ward introduces you to the minerals jadeite and nephrite that together are known as "jade." Lots of great photos. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 64 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Pearls
by Fred Ward

Only $19.95
Imagine the surprise when the first person discovered a pearl when opening an oyster for food! Lots of great photos! This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 65 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Phenomenal Gems
by Fred Ward

Only $19.95
A wonderful introduction to gemstones that exhibit some optical phenomenon, including: aventurescence, chatoyance, asterism, adularescence, iridescence, fluorescence, color change and more. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 64 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Rubies and Sapphires
by Fred Ward

Only $19.95
Rubies and sapphires are the two gem varieties of the mineral corundum. These precious stones are among the most valuable and desirable gems on the market. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 65 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Yogo, The Great American Sapphire
by Stephen M. Voynick

Only $13.99
Here is a remarkable story backed by a century of rich Montana history - a fascinating tale that lay hidden in disjointed company files and correspondence, dusty geological reports, decades of yellowed newspaper clippings, and even in some of the works of Charles M. Russell.   More information, table of contents.


Agates: Treasures of the Earth
by Roger Pabian with Brian Jackson, Peter Tandy and John Cromartie

Only $34.95
A beautifully illustrated book that will help you learn all about agates, their properties, famous agate localities around the world and more. This book is a 6 1/4" x 8 1/2" hardcover with 184 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Agates Inside Out
by Karen A. Brzys

Only $24.95
Agates Inside Out is a wonderful book that introduces you to the world of agates with lots of great photos, charts and diagrams. Written so that almost anyone with an interest can learn. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 246 pages.   More information, table of contents.


Rock and Gem - Smithsonian Guidebook
by Ronald Louis Bonewitz

Only $24.95
A great book for reading, reference or exploring. This textbook-size (7.0" x 9.25 ") guidebook by Ronald Louis Bonewitz presents interesting facts about hundreds of different rocks, gems, minerals and fossils. Contains 360 pages with hundreds of full-color illustrations and index. This book is REALLY nice!   More information, table of contents.


Handbook of Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones
by Walter Schumann

Only $24.95
A handbook that explains rock, mineral and gem identification along with a huge reference section with hundreds of photos. Great for beginners or experienced. A 5" x 7 1/2" paperback with 381 pages.   More information, table of contents.


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Regional Mineral and Gem Guides



Northwest Treasure Hunter's Gem and Mineral Guide
by Kathy J. Rygle and Stephen F. Pedersen

Only $16.95
Where and How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems and Minerals: Volume 1: Northwest States.   More information, table of contents.



Southwest Treasure Hunter's Gem and Mineral Guide
by Kathy J. Rygle and Stephen F. Pedersen

Only $16.95
Where and How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems and Minerals: Volume 2: Southwest States.   More information, table of contents.



Southeast Treasure Hunter's Gem and Mineral Guide
by Kathy J. Rygle and Stephen F. Pedersen

Only $16.95
Where and How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems and Minerals: Volume 3: Southeast States.   More information, table of contents.



Northeast Treasure Hunter's Gem and Mineral Guide
by Kathy J. Rygle and Stephen F. Pedersen

Only $16.95
Where and How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems and Minerals: Volume 4: Northeast States.   More information, table of contents.


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Gem Trails by State



Gem Trails of Arizona
by James R. Mitchell

Only $16.95
Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.   More information, table of contents.


Gem Trails of Colorado
by James R. Mitchell

Only $14.95
Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.   More information, table of contents.


Gem Trails of Idaho and Western Montana
by Lanny Ream

Only $16.99
Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in Idaho and western Montana.   More information, table of contents.


Gem Trails of Nevada
by James R. Mitchell

Only $14.95
Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.   More information, table of contents.


Gem Trails of New Mexico
by James R. Mitchell

Only $16.95
Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.   More information, table of contents.


Gem Trails of Northern California
by James R. Mitchell

Only $14.95
Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.   More information, table of contents.


Gem Trails of Southern California
by James R. Mitchell

Only $15.99
Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.   More information, table of contents.


Gem Trails of Texas
by Brad L. Cross

Only $16.95
Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.   More information, table of contents.


Gem Trails of Oregon
by Garret Romaine

Only $16.95
Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.   More information, table of contents.


Gem Trails of Utah
by James R. Mitchell

Only $14.95
Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.   More information, table of contents.


Gem Trails of Washington
by Garret Romaine

Only $18.99
Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Details on over 75 collecting sites, each with a map, directions, and GPS coordinates.   More information, table of contents.


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Gold and Gems Maps by State



Arizona Gold and Gems Maps
by R.N./M.L. Preston

Only $15.99
A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of Arizona. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.   Click here for more information.


California Gold and Gems Maps Northern Edition
by R.N./M.L. Preston

Only $15.99
A collection of 5 large maps covering Northern California. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.   Click here for more information.


California Gold and Gems Maps Southern Edition
by R.N./M.L. Preston

Only $15.99
A collection of 5 large maps covering Southern California. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.   Click here for more information.


Colorado Gold and Gems Maps
by R.N./M.L. Preston

Only $15.99
A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of Colorado. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.   Click here for more information.


Idaho Gold and Gems Maps
by R.N./M.L. Preston

Only $15.99
A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of Idaho. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.   Click here for more information.


Montana Gold and Gems Maps
by R.N./M.L. Preston

Only $15.99
A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of Montana. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.   Click here for more information.


Nevada Gold and Gems Maps
by R.N./M.L. Preston

Only $15.99
A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of Nevada. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.   Click here for more information.


New Mexico Gold and Gems Maps
by R.N./M.L. Preston

Only $15.99
A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of New Mexico. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.   Click here for more information.


Oregon Gold/Silver and Gems Maps
by R.N./M.L. Preston

Only $15.99
A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of Oregon. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.   Click here for more information.


Utah Gold and Gems Maps
by R.N./M.L. Preston

Only $15.99
A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of Utah. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.   Click here for more information.


Washington Gold and Gems Maps
by R.N./M.L. Preston

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A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of Washington. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.   Click here for more information.


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