Collecting Rocks, Gems & Minerals: Easy Identification - Values - Lapidary Uses

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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 stoneCovers both lapidary and mineral display materialsProvides values and tips for locating, buying and collectingIncludes organics such as amber, bone, coral, pearl and shellLists chemical group, system, hardness, opacity, fracture, specific gravity and moreContains more than 650 full-color photosForeword by Johann Zenz, world renowned agate expert, author and lecturer


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User Review  - Heidi T. -

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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User Review  - Mary F. -

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


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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