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.
Lapidary Journal - Jewelry Arts gems * metals * beads ~ February 2005: Discover the new sunstone; How to antique glass beads; Do's & dont's of custom work; Facet a garnet valentine heart; Set a beach stone into a silver wave; step by step projects and more.
Lapidary Journal magazine ~ Jewelry Arts gems * metals * beads ~ September 2004: The Face of American Art Jewelry; Create Exotic Metals; A Techno-Romantic at Heart; Healthcare Climate for Artists; Star Stanta Pendant; Ovaloro; and much more.
This working encyclopaedia of gemstones and minerals is the result of many years' research and field work on the part of John Sinkankas, the acknowledged dean of American gemologist. The author has derived much original information from lab-testing hundreds of materials and techniques himself. Here is a solid bedrock of working data for the lapidary and mineral field, a how-to plus reference volume that is both handy and complete:
lists of the properties (physical and optical) of gemstones - the most complete in paperback
chemical agents, methods, and precautions for cleaning over 1,400 minerals - the most extensive compilation available
150 page lined notebook. Great for keeping all your important information or memories. Wild Pages Press are publishers of unique journals and notebooks, reasonably priced so they can be enjoyed by everyone.