Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals: Identification, Values and Lapidary Uses

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Krause Publications, Dec 9, 2012 - Nature - 304 pages
2 Reviews

Unlike the dense and highly technical academic tomes that are text-heavy, poorly organized and intimidating, this colorful and easy-to-use reference guide dedicated to collecting rocks, gems and minerals is ideal for readers who want to expand their understanding without getting lost in a labyrinth of science. Beautifully illustrated with 700 color photographs providing wonderful detail and smartly organized to take the hassle out identification, you will enjoy the simplicity of the guide and the enthusiasm and knowledge of author Patti Polk, one of the top agate collectors in the world and a self-proclaimed "rockhound." You will also enjoy two areas that our competitors don't bother with. First it includes values, and second, it covers an introduction to lapidary, which is the cutting and polishing of rocks and gemstones for jewelry or display.

 

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User Review  - Heidi T. - Overstock.com

Very informational book. Helpful tool in indentifying gems minerals and other plain everyday rocks. This has been a helpful tool for me to seperate the more valuable rocks form the lesser valued ones. Highly recommend this book to anyone rock collecting or prospecting. Read full review

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I love to read the book about information of different kinds of rocks. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Author Patti Polk is recognized as one of the top agate collectors in the world (as noted in the highly respected reference book Agates III by Johann Zenz). She has been collecting, cutting and polishing rocks for jewelry and display for more than 20 years. She has been published in Rock & Gem magazine and numerous other periodicals, and speaks at rock and mineral club programs and frequently serves as a trail guide for visitors to Arizona. Patti is a skilled lapidary artist, which includes the cutting and polishing of the stones into display specimens or cabochons for jewelry making.

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