Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals
Identification Values Lapidary UsesBook - 2012
Arranged by category and color of stone, provides values and tips for identifying, locating, buying, and collecting rocks, gems, and minerals.
Arizona-based agate collector, writer, and speaker Polk offers beginning rock hounds a field guide to identifying rocks. She also explains what rocks and minerals are, how to locate and collect them, how to use and take care of them, and how to buy and sell them. Lovely color photographs help identify species. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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.