Gem Identification Made Easy: A Hands-On Guide to More Confident Buying and Selling     Books about Gems and Minerals - I-S

Here is an alphabetical list of books about Gems, Minerals, Gemstones & Precious Stones, Gemology, Lapidary & Jewelry Making, and Collecting & Rockhounding, compiled by a science librarian, that are currently available (in print). Click on the image or title for additional information and availability (purchases are provided by The list is frequently updated; so check back often.

NOTE: There is a separate section for Children / K-12 Level Books.


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Titles I-S

Idaho Minerals     Identification of Gemstones     The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rocks of the World: A Practical Guide To Over 150 Igneous, Metamorphic And Sedimentary Rocks     An Introduction to Fossils and Minerals: Seeking Clues to the Earth's Past     Introduction to Mineralogy     Jade

Jade     Jade Fever: Hunting the Stone of Heaven     Magic of Minerals and Rocks     Mineralogy [paperback]     Mineralogy: In the System of Earth Sciences

Mineralogy of Arizona     Minerals     Minerals and Gems From The American Museum of Natural History     Minerals and Gemstones     Minerals: Identifying, Learning About, and Collecting the Most Beautiful Minerals and Crystals     Minerals of Nevada

Minerals of the World (Princeton Field Guides)     Minerals: Their Constitution and Origin     The Mobius Guide to Gems and Crystals     National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals     National Gem Collection

The Nature of Diamonds     New Mexico Rocks and Minerals     Northwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide: Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems & Minerals     Opal: Advanced Cutting and Setting     Opal Identification and Value     Opal: The Phenomenal Gemstone

Opals     The Practical Encyclopedia of Rocks & Minerals: How to Find, Identify, Collect and Maintain the World's Best Specimens, With Over 1000 Photographs and Artworks     Rock and Gem     Rock, Gem, and Mineral Collecting Sites in Western North Carolina     Rockhounding Arizona     Rockhounding California

Rockhounding Colorado     A Rockhounding Guide to North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains     Rockhounding Montana     Rockhounding Nevada     Rockhounding Utah

Rockhounding Wyoming     The Rockhounds Guide to New Mexico     Rocks and Minerals (Collins Wild Guide)     Rocks and Minerals (Peterson Field Guides)     Rocks and Minerals: A Field Guide and Introduction to the Geology and Chemistry of     Rocks and Minerals of California

Rocks, Gems, and Mineral Collecting Sites in Western North Carolina     Rubies and Sapphires     Secrets of the Gem Trade: The Connoisseur's Guide to Precious Gemstones     Simon and Schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious Stones     Simon and Schuster's Guide to Rocks and Minerals     Southeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide: Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems & Minerals     Synthetic, Imitation and Treated Gemstones

[ Continue to Titles T-Z and Children/K-12 Level ]


American Cars



Birds and Bird Watching


Buried & Sunken Treasure and Lost Mines

Butterflies and Moths

Caves and Caving





Gems and Minerals

Genealogy and Family History

Geocaching and Letterboxing



Highways and Roads

Hiking and Walking

Historic Route 66

Hopalong Cassidy

License Plates

Maps, Cartography, and GIS


Mollusks - Seashells


New Jersey

Paleontology and Fossils

Postcards & Postcard Collecting

Rubber Stamps & Rubber Stamping

Scrapbooking & Scrapbooks

Star Trek

Star Wars

The American Revolution

The Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

The X-Files


World War II

For Children and K-12

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