Agates: Treasures of the Earth

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Firefly Books, 2006 - Crafts & Hobbies - 184 pages

"Superbly done... should be high on everyone's 'must have' list."-- Rock and Gem

This book has been very well received as the first popular guide to these brilliantly banded and highly prized gemstones.

The agate is one of the world's most strikingly beautiful semiprecious gems. Collectors worldwide are drawn to the stone's infinite variety of coloration and banding. While these stones are readily available, the rare and higher-quality ones are quite valuable and aggressively collected.

Agates is a comprehensive reference written by one of North America's leading experts in cooperation with the Natural History Museum of London. The book features an easy-to-use identification guide and a worldwide listing of where agates are found. More than 200 color photographs of superb agate specimens were selected from the extensive collection of the Natural History Museum of London and from the private collection of author Roger Pabian.

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Wonderful agate reference guide

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This book was referred by both a Gem Faire vendor and a supplier of excellent cabachons.It truly is a great goto guide I highly recommend! Read full review

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This is a book I bought for my grandson and he really enjoys it. Lots of Agates to compare to... Read full review


Names of agates
What is an agate?
Properties of agates

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About the author (2006)

Roger Pabian is a research geologist, invertebrate paleontologist and highly respected specialist in agates. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Brian Jackson is head of mineralogy at the National Museums Scotland and professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Peter Tandy is curator of mineralogy at the Natural History Museum in London, England.

John Cromartie is a collector of Scottish agates.

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