Collecting Rocks, Gems & Minerals: Easy Identification - Values - Lapidary Uses (Google eBook)

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Krause Publications, Apr 15, 2010 - Nature - 272 pages
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Three Guides in One! Identification, Values, Lapidary Uses

Designed with beginners in mind, yet filled with valuable technical information for advanced collectors, Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals takes you from being just someone who appreciates rocks to a true "collector."

  • Easy-to-use, quick reference format arranged by category and color of stone
  • Covers both lapidary and mineral display materials
  • Provides values and tips for locating, buying and collecting
  • Includes organics such as amber, bone, coral, pearl and shell
  • Lists chemical group, system, hardness, opacity, fracture, specific gravity and more
  • Contains more than 650 full-color photos
  • Foreword by Johann Zenz, world renowned agate expert, author and lecturer

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Use and Care of Rocks Minerals and Gemstones
Buying and Selling Rocks Minerals and Gemstones
Collectible Materials for Lapidary Use and Display
Mineral Display Specimens

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About the author (2010)

Patti Polk has been collecting rocks for more than 20 years. A skilled lapidary artist, Polk contributes articles to gem and mineral club publications such as Rock & Gem magazine and frequently acts as a trail guide for visitors to the Sedona, Arizona, area. Polk maintains two websites: and Her jewelry website utilizes many of her personally collected, cut, and polished cabochons.

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