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Agates: The Pat McMahan Collection

By: Pat McMahan

Price: $129.95

Publisher: Cottonwood, Arizona, Pat McMahan: 2016

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 000251

ISBN: 0692651381

Condition: New


NEW. Glossy cover, pages are acid-free. This beautifully illustrated book is a depiction of one of the most comprehensive collections of sagenite, plume, and banded agate in the world. More than 1250 high-quality photographs of beautiful and rare agates from 20 countries and 19 U.S. states (more than 300 separate agate deposits are covered). Text is limited but includes the history of many locations, personal stories, prospecting tips, and . Bob Jones, Senior Editor of Rock and Gem Magazine states "This text is a must for every agate collector's library and reference shelf". A wonderful coffe... View more info

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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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Asterism: Gems With a Star

By: Martin P. Steinbach

Price: $275.00

Publisher: Idar-Oberstein, Germany, MPS Publishing and Media: 2016

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000223

ISBN: 300050494X

Condition: New


New book, in original shrink wrap. A magnificent tome on all things asterated in the gem world. This book is by far the most authoritative work on the phenomena of star and catseye gemstones. Informative, well written and enjoyable to read, the author shares his lifelong passion with star gems. With over 1,000 full-color photographs and an extensive bibliography, this book belongs on the shelf of every gemologist, gem dealer and collector of fine gemstones. 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 beautiful 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: 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 Lightning Ridge: Home of the World Famous Black Opal - Special Collectors' Edition

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 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


NEW. Beautifully illustrated book on the fire opals of Mexico. 88 pages, 133 color photographs. View more info

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Colour-Composition Relationships in Spessartine from Amelia, Virginia

By: John Sinkankas and Arch M. Reid

Price: $8.00

Publisher: San Diego, California, Scripps Insitution of Oceanography: 1966

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000225

Condition: Near Fine


Card-stock covers, stapled. An author's preprint that was submitted and eventually published in the Journal of Gemmology. As I acquired this after the passing of John Sinkankas from his inventory from PeriLithon Books, I am assuming that he printed and bound this version through Scripps Institution of Oceanography. 12 pages (including 4 figures and a bibliography). View more info

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Corundum Deposits of Gallatin and Madison Counties Montana

By: S. E. Clabaugh and F. C. Armstrong

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Washington, D.C., U. S. Government Printing Office: 1950

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000076

Condition: Good


U. S. Geological Survey Bulletin 969-B. Paper wraps, with map pocket in rear containing 5 fold-out maps. Ex-Nerco Minerals Company library with various corporate stamps and stickers. A study of several large corundum-containing geologic features near Bozeman. Covers geology and mineralogy of prospects. 21 pages. View more info

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Corundum Deposits of Montana

By: Stephen E. Clabaugh

Price: $36.00

Publisher: Washington, D.C., U. S. Government Printing Office: 1952

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000166

Condition: Very Good


USGS Bulletin 983. Paper wraps, minor creasing and small tear (3/8") on back cover. A comprehensive study of Montana's gem sapphire deposits, including Yogo Gulch, Missouri River, Rock Creek and Dry Cottonwood Creek. Discusses geology, crystallography, mineralogy, history of mining, and production. An excellent reference on an important gem-producing region. 100 pages, includes 6 map plates (in rear pocket) and 13 figures. View more info

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Corundum, Its Occurrence, Distribution, Exploitation, and Uses

By: Alfred Ernest Barlow

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Ottawa, Canada, Canada Department of Mines, Geological Survey: 1915

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000073

Condition: Good


Ex-library, cardstock cover, some creasing, small tears along edges (one with tape reinforcement) and stamp on front cover and front and rear flyleafs. Cover reinforced on interior of binding. Pages edges sunned, else pages very good. A thorough study of corundum, discussing history, geology, mineralogy, crystallography, chemistry, uses, mining, milling, synthesis and localities. Color plate with tissue cover opposite title page, numerous photos, maps and figures. Scarce. 377 pages. View more info

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De Natura Fossilium (Textbook of Mineralogy)

By: Georgius Agricola, translated by Mark Chance Bandy and Jean A. Bandy

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Geological Society of America: 1955

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000252

Condition: Very Good


Translated from the 1546 first latin edition. Cloth cover shows minor wear and bumping to several corners, minor soiling. Pages slightly sunned but in very good condition. Previous owner's name stamped on front flyleaf. One of the earliest comprehensive treatises on the study of and uses of minerals and ore deposits. Agricola not only studied the early classic literature, but was in a position to visit many mines and mineral deposits, and therefore brought a new understanding as to how minerals formed and could be found. Much attention is also paid to the uses of minerals, what constituted v... 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: $35.00

Publisher: United States of America, Xlibris Corporation: 2005

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000150

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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Faceting History: Cutting Diamonds and Colored Stones (HC)

By: Glenn Klein

Price: $35.00

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 t... View more info

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Faceting History: Cutting Diamonds and Colored Stones (SC)

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. 81 pages. View more info