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"GEOLOGY OF GEMS", By E. Kievlenko, 11 1/4” X 8 5/8”, 451 pages, 133 color photographs, pictorial hard cover.  This superb, large “coffee table” size Russian book, printed in English, covers all you ever wanted to know about Corundum (Ruby and Sapphire), Beryl, Opal, Topaz, Tourmaline, Spinel, Garnet, Peridot, Quartz (Amethyst), Turquoise, Amber, Lazurite, Jadeite and Nephrite, Charoite, Malachite, Chalcedony, and Rhodonite.  A separate chapter is devoted to each mineral type.  Within each chapter, information pertinent to the history and uses of the mineral is given, along with historical facts and other interesting information.   Each mineral’s special types of geological and genetic deposits are also discussed in detail – pegmatite, hydrothermal, greisen, magmatic, placer, skarn, alluvial, glacial, etc.  The authors have provided geological – genetic classification tables of some of the best known deposits, worldwide.  Detailed worldwide locality information is provided for each mineral, and maps of many of the important deposits are included.  Following the mineral / gem descriptions, the authors have included a chapter relative to the economic – geological types of gemstone deposits and the principal regularities in their spatial distribution.  Several maps are appended, showing the exact locations of major deposits of principal precious and ornamental gemstones of the world.  The references / bibliography contains an astounding 902 entries for additional reading.  The photo gallery includes 133 color photographs – primarily illustrating fine examples of gem mineral / crystal specimens from worldwide localities, with a few cut gemstones.  Published in English by Ocean Pictures, Ltd., Moscow, Russia, 2003.
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T_BK0242.JPG (8099 bytes) "GLOSSARY OF MINERAL SYNONYMS" - By Jeffrey de Fourestier, 448 pages, 12 X 9 1/2" size, illustrated, pictorial hard cover. The author has scoured the literature of many languages to provide a truly exhaustive listing of mineral names used throughout the ages, and in various languages, along with the equivalent IMA-approved name of each mineral species. All synonyms, variety names, and discredited names are also listed. The author has also incorporated trade names, and the vocabulary of the gem industry, including artificial stones. Over 35,000 entries are included!!! This 448-page glossary will provide a helpful tool, and quick reference to all friends of mineralogy, museum curators, gemologists, and researchers in mineralogy. The book is highlighted by the exceptional artwork of G. Y. Ivanyuk. This is Special Publication No. 2 of "The Canadian Mineralogist", published by the Mineralogical Association of Canada, Ottawa, 1999.
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"GLOSSARY OF OBSOLETE MINERAL NAMES" – By Peter Bayliss, 244 pages, 11 1/4" x 8 3/4", hard cover, gilt lettering. This excellent new reference work is an amazing compilation of information, containing 30,000 entries, covering all of the names used for mineral substances throughout history, which are not now considered valid or current. Each mineral today can have only a single name; minor variations insufficient to represent a different species are not named independently as they once were. Modern mineralogical science does not recognize the gemologically important color variations with independent names, thus, Ruby and Sapphire are merely Corundum to the mineralogist. The "Glossary of Obsolete Mineral Names" is designed as a companion volume to the "Fleischer’s Glossary of Mineral Species", covering the huge trail of discarded nomenclature left by many generations of mineralogists and still encountered regularly in older literature and on older mineral labels. The names of valid mineral species are given in bold face type. Others, including mineral synonyms, mineral varieties, mineral mixtures, mineralogical field terms, doubtful minerals, discredited minerals, synthetics, common materials, rock names, unstable high-temperature polymorphs, or hypothetical end-members, mineral group and family names are all given. More than 60 references to modern mineralogical works are given. Typical listings are as follows:

  • Aannerodite = Samarskite-(Y), Dana 6th, 741 (1892).
  • Adelforsite (Erdmann) = Wollastonite, Strunz 501 (1970).
  • Adedmant = Diamond, Hey 318 (1962).
  • Adularia = Orthoclase, Am. Min. 53, 25 (1968).
  • Aedilite (Kirwan) = Natrolite, Can. Min. 35, 1592 (1997).
  • Aemita = Aegirine, de Fourestier 3 (1999).

Peter Bayliss, the author of this fine work, is with the Australian Museum, Mineralogy Department, Sydney. Published by the Mineralogical Record, Inc., Tucson, AZ, 2000.
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“GOLD” I,  by W. Wilson and ten other top specialists in their fields, 11” X 8”, 92 pages, 40+ color photographs of Gold specimens, plus numerous black & white photos of historical mining districts, mining activities, maps, woodcuts, crystal drawings, soft cover.  The scope of information covered in this collection of articles is amazing!

Topics of the various articles include:

  •  Collecting Gold Mining Memorabilia, Wendell E. Wilson & Ronald E. Bentley
  •  Nova Scotian Gold, D.J. Mossman
  •  The Colorado Quartz Mine, Mariposa County, California: A Modern Source of Crystallized Gold, Anthony R.        Kampf & Peter C. Keller 
  •  Harvard Gold, Carl Francis
  • European Gold, Werner Lieber
  • Gold From the F. John Barlow Collection, E. Munroe Hjerstedt & Malcolm Hjerstedt
  • California Gold, Wayne C. Leicht
  • The Gold-Containing Minerals: A Review, Wendell E. Wilson
  • What's New in Minerals? (Department):  New Gold From California, Dona Leicht


 The historical data covered in these articles, as well as the up to date information on current production, make this special issue of the “Mineralogical Record” one of the best condensed collections of data ever published on these famous Gold mining districts and noted collections.  The 12 page article covering “The Gold-Containing Minerals”, with more than 40 crystal drawings and many black & white photos, is particularly helpful in identifying the rare Gold-containing minerals. The 40+ color photos of crystallized and placer Gold specimens from these world famous localities are breathtaking!  Published by the Mineralogical Record, Inc., Tucson, Arizona, as the first issue in the Precious Metals Series, this is the Gold I special issue, Volume 13, No. 6, November-December 1982.  Pictorial soft cover.

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“GOLD” II,  By W. Wilson, B. Birch, W. Leicht, and ten other top specialists in their fields, 11” X 8”, 112 pages, 50+ color photographs of Gold specimens, plus numerous black & white photos of historical mining districts, mining activities, maps, woodcuts, soft cover.  The scope of information covered in this collection of articles is amazing . . . .

  • Australia - Gold in Australia - Historical data, including photos of some world class “nuggets” (including one weighing 630 pounds and measuring nearly 5 feet tall), plus prospects for the future (annual production exceeding 100 tons!).

  • California - The History of Crystallized Gold in California – the California Mother Lode.

    • Gold Occurrences in Tuolumne County – History of lode and placer mines worked since 1848.

    • Gold in the California State Mineral Collection.

  • Colorado - Famous Mineral Localities:  Breckenridge -  Mining from the early days of placer mining, to the fantastic specimens recovered from the Gold -bearing veins of Farncomb Hill.

  • Appalachia

    • Notable Gold Occurrences of Georgia and Alabama, first discovery made in 1782.

    • North Carolina Gold, first discovery made in 1799, and location of the first Gold rush in North America.

  • England - Gold from Hope’s Nose, Torquay, Devon – Beautifully crystallized fern-like Gold specimens.

  • Recent Discoveries - What’s New in Gold from: Venezuela, Arizona, Siberia, California (several localities in the California Mother Lode district including the Diltz Mine, Michigan Bluff, Mockingbird, Colorado Quartz, and several others in Calaveras County).

 The historical data covered in these articles, as well as up to date information on current production, make this special issue of “The Mineralogical Record” the best condensed collection of data ever published on these famous Gold mining districts.  The 50+ color photos of crystallized and placer Gold specimens from these world famous localities are breathtaking!  Published by the Mineralogical Record, Inc., Tucson, Arizona, as the second issue in the Precious Metals Series, this is the Gold II special issue, Volume 18, No. 1, January-February 1987.

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"HANDBOOK OF MINERALOGY" - By J. Anthony, R. Bideaux, K. Bladh, and M. Nichols, 7 X 10" size, hard cover. The "Handbook of Mineralogy" consists of five volumes. The five-volume set includes data on over 3,600 mineral species, and provides information in much greater detail than the 2nd Edition of the "Encyclopedia of Minerals". For additional information on the "Handbook of Mineralogy", see the detailed reviews as follows: "Rocks & Minerals" magazine, March-April 1991, P. 159, and July-August 1997, P. 273. Also see the "Mineralogical Record" magazine, Jan-Feb 1991, P. 59, as well as the Nov-Dec 1995 issue, P. 563. The following categories are featured in the respective volumes:

Vol. I - Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, etc. - 588 pages (588 species described) in one volume, with each page containing comprehensive data on a separate mineral species, from Acanthite to Zvyagintsevite!
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Vol. II - Silica and Silicates - 904 pages (904 species described) in two volumes of 460 pages each. Vol. II comprises the most comprehensive coverage of silicate minerals, including all rock-forming as well as gem silicate species, from Abswurmbachite to Zussmanite, published in the English language during the 20th Century.
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Vol. III - Halides, Hydroxides, Oxides, etc. - 628 pages (628 species described) in one volume. As a complement to Vol. I and II, Volume III essentially completes the listings of all of the rock forming minerals. In keeping with the previous format, each page contains comprehensive data on a separate mineral species -- from Abhurite to Zirklerite.
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Vol. IV - Arsenates, Phosphates, Uranates, Vanadates - 680-pages (680 species described) in one volume, from Abernathyite to Zykaite, each page containing comprehensive data on one species.  These are among the most colorful of minerals, so this volume is expected to be a favorite of collectors. 
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Vol. V  - 791 Borates, Carbonates, Sulfates, Chromates, Germanates, Iodates, Molybdates, Tungstates, etc., and organic materials.  Vol. V additionally includes a 22-page index of mineral names included in all five volumes.  813 pages are included in this massive volume! 
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SPECIAL ! ! ! 15% discount on III and IV, if ordered with Vol. V ! 

 

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