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Agates: Treasures of the Earth

By: Roger Pabian, Brian Jackson, Peter Tandy and John Cromartie

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Buffalo, NY, Firefly Books: 2006

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000030

ISBN: 1554070988

Condition: New


A concise book on agates discussing formation, coloration, geology and types of agates, Beautifully illustrated with lots of worldwide agates discussed. More technical than many primers on agate in publication today. View more info

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Art Treasures from the Vienna Collections (Lent by the Austrian Government)

By: N/A

Price: $15.00

Publisher: 1949

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000148

Condition: Very Good


Pictorial covers, slight creasing on front cover and a 1/4' tear at bottom. Catalog for a traveling exhibition of art from the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna to several museums in the United States, as part of a post-WWII cultural exchange. 67 pages plus 43 B&W photographs of exhibit objects including paintings, bronzees, armor, tapestries, lapidary arts and cameos. Ex-libris John Sinkankas (PeriLithon Books), with his bookplate on inner front cover. This publication was acquired as part of a large purchase of ephemera that had been in the inventory of John Sinkankas (PeriLithon Books) af... View more info

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Beautiful Opals of the Desert

By: Len Cram

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Buranda, Qld, Australia, Robert Brown & Associates: 1992

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 000055

ISBN: 1862730660

Condition: Near Fine


Beautifully illustrated publication on the opal mines of the central desert region of Australia, and includes the famous opal fields of Coober Pedy, White Cliffs, Andamooka, and Mintabie.Covers the opal districts, types of opal found, mining methods, history and miners of the opal fields. Written by the prolific opal author Len Cram. This publication includes 4 tear-out postcards (attached) featuring beautiful opal gemstones, and a map of the region and opal fields. 28 pages. View more info

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Beautiful Australian Opals

By: Len Cram

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Buranda, Qld, Australia, Robert Brown & Associates: 1990

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 000059

ISBN: 1862730326

Condition: Very Good


Beautifully illustrated publication emphasizing precious opals from Lightning Ridge and Queensland (boulder opal). Has a nice section on assembled stones (doublets and triplets) and also discusses color patterns, history and pseudomorphs. 4 color postcards are attached in the back 24 pages. View more info

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Beautiful Lightning Ridge: Home of the World Famous Black Opal

By: Len Cram

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Buranda, Qld, Australia, Robert Brown & Associates: 1993

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 000060

ISBN: 1862730512

Condition: Near Fine


Beautifully illustrated publication on the precious opal of Lightning Ridge. Discusses the history, geography, color patterns and personalities of this great gem field. $ color postcards are attached in the back. 32 pages. View more info

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Beautiful Lightning Ridge: Home of the World Famous Black Opal

By: Len Cram

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Buranda, Qld, Australia, Robert Brown & Associates: 1991

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 000061

ISBN: 1862730512

Condition: Near Fine


Beautifully illustrated publication on the precious opal of Lightning Ridge. Discusses the history, geography, color patterns and personalities of this great gem field. $ color postcards are attached in the back. 28 pages. View more info

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Beautiful Queensland Opals

By: Len Cram

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Buranda, Qld, Australia, Robert Brown & Associates: 1991

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000058

ISBN: 1862730571

Condition: Fine


Well illustrated publication on beauty and variety of Queensland opals. Includes a discussion of the major mining districts and their history, as well as 4 opal postcards (attached) and a map of the Queensland opal fields. 28 pages. View more info

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Beautiful Yowah: Black Gate & Koroit

By: Len Cram

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Lightning Ridge, NSW, Australia, Len Cram: 1995

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 000054

ISBN: 0646260073

Condition: Near Fine


Front and back covers scuffed, with slight crease in front cover. Well illustrated publication on the opal mines of the area around Cunnamulla in Queensland, Australia. Known for the Yowah, Koroit and East Gate opal fields, this area produces beautiful boulder opal found in Cretaceous ancient sandstones in an ironstone matrix. Describes the types of opal found, mining methods, history and miners of the opal fields. Written by the prolific opal author Len Cram. This publication includes 4 beautiful tear-out postcards (attached) featuring beautiful opal gemstones, and a map of the opal Distri... View more info

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Canteras - Mexican Opals in Matrix: Spectacular Cabs of Fire

By: Jack Hobart

Price: $25.00

Publisher: California, Jack Hobart Books: 2015

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000003

ISBN: 1944564004

Condition: New


Beautifully illustrated book on the fire opals of Mexico.133 photographs. View more info

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Copper Eye Agates: Images of the Amazing, Beautiful Complex, & Diverse

By: Jack Hobart

Price: $25.00

Publisher: California, Jack Hobart Books: 2016

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000049

ISBN: 1944564128

Condition: New


180 images document the complexity and beauty of there rare copper agates from Michigan. Associated with the Pre-Cambrian copper deposits in the Upper Peninsula, these agates were overlooked until recently, and have become highly collectible. View more info

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Diamond Cutting: A Complete Guide to Diamond Processing (A New Look in Brilliant Diamond Cuts)

By: Basil Watermeyer

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Parkhurst, Johannesburg, RSA, Basil Watermeyer: 1991

Edition: 4th Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000074

ISBN: 0620132485

Condition: Near Fine


Spine scuffed on lower edge, else fine. 3mm tear in jacket, minor scuffing on rear, else near fine. A classic book on cutting diamonds by an expert diamond cutter. Covers all topics on diamond cutting, from selection and evaluation to cutting techniques, A large portion of the book is devoted to cutting practices and detailed diamond cutting designs. An essential book for diamond cutters and dealers. 80 color and B&W photographs, and 400 line drawings of diamond cuts. 406 pages. Scarce. View more info

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Faceting History: Cutting Diamonds and Colored Stones

By: Glenn Klein

Price: $30.00

Publisher: United States of America, Xlibris Corporation: 2005

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000220

ISBN: 1599260832

Condition: New


New.An excellent reference on the history of gem cutting, from ancient to modern times. "A written history about the equipment and work methods that were used through the centuries for cutting and polishing diamonds and colored stones has long been needed. Here is a book that is very interesting and informative. It is an easy to read book that belongs in every faceter's personal library. It also belongs in every jewelry store. It is an excellent book for those who would like to be informed about how gemstones are faceted. Anyone who is interested in purchasing or wearing gemstones will find th... View more info

Faceting History: Cutting Diamonds and Colored Stones

By: Glenn Klein

Price: $20.00

Publisher: United States of America, Xlibris Corporation: 2005

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000221

ISBN: 1599260832

Condition: New


New.An excellent reference on the history of gem cutting, from ancient to modern times. "A written history about the equipment and work methods that were used through the centuries for cutting and polishing diamonds and colored stones has long been needed. Here is a book that is very interesting and informative. It is an easy to read book that belongs in every faceter's personal library. It also belongs in every jewelry store. It is an excellent book for those who would like to be informed about how gemstones are faceted. Anyone who is interested in purchasing or wearing gemstones will find th... View more info

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Fine Oriental Jewelry and Stone Carvings From the Estate of Mr. Harvey S. Bissell

By: Sotheby Parke Bernet

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, California, Sotheby Park Bernet: 1973

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000132

Condition: Good


Auction catalog. Stapled edges. Cover shows some sunniing along spine, small pen mark (1/4") at bottom of front cover. Auction estimates handwritten next to lot numbers, as well as some prices realized. Some B&W photographs of auction items. 53 pages plus auction estimates. View more info

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Fire in a Plain Brown Wrapper

By: Barbara MCCondra

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Australia, Barbara McCondra: 2005

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 000057

Condition: Near Fine


A small, privately published book on the opals of Queensland, Australia. Beautiful photographs of opal, along with ads for opal dealers and an interesting section on assembled ironstone opals. Scarce. 20 pages. View more info

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Flux-Enhanced Rubies and Sapphires

By: Ted Themelis

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Bangkock, Thailand, Ted Themelis: 2004

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000039

ISBN: 0940965429

Condition: Near Fine


Pictorial soft cover. Some scuffing of cover and remnants of price sticker. Candid and detailed discussion of flux enhancement of gem rubies and sapphires. Details treatment process with numerous color photographs. An essential book for every gemologist's library. 48 pages. View more info

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Gem and Lapidary Material: For Cutters, Collectors and Jewelers

By: June Culp Zeitner

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Tucson, AZ, GeoScience Press, Inc.: 1996

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000050

ISBN: 0945005245

Condition: Near Fine


New book, but may display some scuffing to cover. A complete handbook of gem materials used in the lapidary arts (for faceting, cabbing and carving). Descriptions of the physical properties, major localities, uses, known synthetics and simulants, and best compounds to use for polishing. A must have book in every rockhound, lapidary, and jeweler's library. View more info

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Gem and Lapidary Material: For Cutters, Collectors and Jewelers

By: June Culp Zeitner

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Tucson, AZ, GeoScience Press, Inc.: 1996

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000051

ISBN: 0945005245

Condition: Near Fine


New book, but may display some scuffing to cover. A complete handbook of gem materials used in the lapidary arts (for faceting, cabbing and carving). Descriptions of the physical properties, major localities, uses, known synthetics and simulants, and best compounds to use for polishing. A must have book in every rockhound, lapidary, and jeweler's library. View more info

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Gemstones and Collection Minerals at the Exposition of the "Gems" Museum

By: Vladislav I. Chuprov, Anvar A. Yusipov and Viktor P. Orlov

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Moscow, Russia, Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation: 1997

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000014

Condition: New


Beautifully illustrated publication of gem materials found in the Russia, with the goal of promoting Russian gemstones. Photos from an exhibition on Russian gem and lapidary materials held in Moscow at the "Gems" Museum. In Russian and English. View more info

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Lake Superior Copper Agates: Introduction to the World's Most Spectacular Agates

By: Jack Hobart

Price: $25.00

Publisher: California, Jack Hobart Book: 2016

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000048

ISBN: 1944564039

Condition: New


In recent years, Lake Superior agates with native copper inclusions have been introduced to the market, almost all coming from the Wolverine, St. Louis and CH-21 mines in Michigan. This book documents the remarkable beauty and variety of this new agate. The author worked with the discoverers of these agates to photograph (174 images) the best that have been found in the region. View more info

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New Data on Minerals, Volume 39

By: Elena A. Borisova

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Moscow, Russia, Ocean Pictures, Ltd.: 2004

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000125

ISBN: 5900395626

Condition: Near Fine


Glossy, printed cover, remnants of glue from small price sticker on upper edge of front cover.Slight soiling on front cover. Research articles from the Russian Academy of Science, Fersman Mineralogical Museum. Includes articles on "Nanocrystals of Gold and their Intergrowths," "Faberge Lapidary in the Fersman Mineralogical Museum Collection" and Chinese Jade Disks from the Fersman Mineralogical Museum Collection." 171 pages. View more info

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Secrets of the Gem Trade, Second Edition: The Connoisseur's Guide to Precious Gemstones

By: Richard W. Wise

Price: $99.95

Publisher: Lenox, Massachusetts, Brunswick House Press: 2016

Edition: 2nd Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000025

ISBN: 0972822321

Condition: New


New, in original shrink wrap. "To rave reviews from across the industry, Secrets Of The Gem Trade has been completely rewritten revised and expanded. It is over a third larger, includes five new introductory essays, 11 new chapters and 278 images, including 161 new additional images." "Completely revised and expanded with 11 new chapters focusing on Jade, Demantoid Garnet, Natural Nacreous Pearls, Conch Pearls, Sunstone, Moonstone, Peridot, Cobalt Blue Spinel, Red & Pink Spinel and Golconda (Type IIa) Diamonds. Also there are five new introductory essays covering Blue-white diamonds, Jadeite... View more info

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Skip An Atom Agates: The Most Unusual Lake Superior Agate

By: Jack Hobart

Price: $25.00

Publisher: California, Jack Hobart Books: 2016

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000046

ISBN: 1944564047

Condition: New


This book discusses an unusual Lake Superior agates found along the North Shore of Minnesota near Flood Bay. Most seem to be replacements (pseudomorphs) of calcite and aragonite by quartz. With 276 photographs, this publication is extremely useful to identify and show the diversity of these unusual agates. View more info

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The Amber Book

By: Ake Dahlstrom and Leif Brost

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Tucson, AZ, GeoScience Press, Inc.: 1996

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000021

ISBN: 0945005237

Condition: Very Good


Translated and updated from the original 1995 Swedish edition. "This book explains how amber is formed and describes its geologic setting in the Baltic region and elsewhere. The authors explore the role amber plays in the folklore of many cultures, and provides practical advice on how to care for amber jewelry, how to use it for lapidary purposes, and how to detect fake amber. Profusely illustrated, The Amber Book is a basic source of knowledge fro anyone who appreciates amber, including jewelry buyers and art collectors." From the publisher. Rubbed cover, pristine interior. View more info

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The Mineral Digest

By: Louis Zara

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Mineral Digest, Ltd.: 1972

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000067

Condition: Near Fine


Complete set of 8 issues bound in two volumes in black buckram with gold lettering on spine. Published between 1972 and 1976. Condition of volumes from very good to fine. The Mineral Digest was maybe the most beautiful and artistic mineral & gem magazine ever printed. With wonderful and diverse articles by leading experts, this set is a valuable addition to a collector's library. Heavy volumes, will require additional postage. 712 pages. Heavy books, will require additional postage. View more info