There are some wonderful books on the market about gemstones. Unbelievable guides on buying and selling stones.
They will teach you not only the basics needed for evaluating gems, but also how to identify them.
Not to mention cool stuff like: wire jewelry making.
You’re going to want to learn that…
Plus, I also recommend books on rocks and minerals as well (I’ve already recommended books on diamonds here). Fascinating books that talk all about rocks, minerals and metals like gold, platinum, titanium and silver.
And let’s not forget pearls and beads and jewelry making.
Huge topics with some great visual books that you will just adore.
So let’s take a closer look…
GEMSTONE BUYING GUIDE
HOW TO EVALUATE, IDENTIFY, SELECT AND CARE FOR COLORED GEMS
Renee Newman, the master of diamonds and gemstones, comes forth with the ultimate book on gemstone buying. He dives into shapes and cutting styles, fancy cuts, carving and even terms. The photos are crisp, clean and beautiful. The chapters are detailed and informative. You’ll learn things like: evaluating gemstone color, how light affects gem color, judging transparency and even inclusions.
Everything you need to learn to be able to view, identify and judge the price of gemstones is here. Star and cat’s eye stones, synthetics, deceptive practices… It’s here. Plus great descriptions about gemstones like: iolites, garnet, jade, ;apis, malachite, feldspars, opal, sapphire, zircon, azurite, hematite and more. It even has a gem IQ test! This book is a must read. Buy it today!
GEMSTONES – (DK POCKETS)
POCKETS FULL OF KNOWLEDGE
I can’t tell you enough how I love DK books. They are masters when it comes to putting information together. I love DK and I especially love these little pocket sized books. You can take them everywhere. They’re full of awesome photos, interesting facts and touch on just about every gemstone out there.
It’s a great quick read that not only divides gemstones up by mineral and organic properties, but they actually divide gemstones up by color; reds, greens, blues, purples, yellows… it’s a very cool way to view and select a gemstone. Plus, they have a whole section in the back of the book on gemstone care and cleaning, making jewelry and a large table that deals with the structure, hardness and even the price of gems. It’s a wonderful book, I highly recommend it. Get this DK book HERE!
ROCKS & MINERALS – (DK POCKETS)
POCKETS FULL OF KNOWLEDGE
Rocks and Minerals follows in the gemstones footprints. If you love reading about rocks and gems, then this book is for you. This small hand-held book is a delightful journey into minerals like: diamond, salt, calcite, gypsum and beryl. Dk pocket books divides minerals up not only by rock formation, but by color as well. Silvers, gold, greens, blues and browns… You’ll love to look at the photos and read all about copper, olivine, sulfur, graphite, platinum and fluorite.
Rocks are divided into igneous, granite, obsidian, gabbro, basalt, metamorphic, slate, marble, gneiss, limestone and even rocks from space. Yes, it’s in here. Trust me, you’ll love the facts and wonderful photos, you’ll love the quick read style it has, and you’ll be more than happy that you bought this book. Pick it up HERE now!
THE PEARL BOOK
THE DEFINITIVE BUYING GUIDE
If you crave pearl knowledge, there’s only one book to buy… The Pearl Book by Antoinette Matlins. This book will teach you how to select, buy, care for, and enjoy pearls. It’s easy to read, easy to understand, and will quickly answer all of your questions. With topics like: What is a pearl? The moods of pearls. Quality and artificial enhancements. Pearl choices. Pearl prices. And What to ask when buying pearls… Your pearl journey will be complete.
They even have charts for nacre thickness, grading pearls and uniform and graduated lengths. So whether it’s south sea pearls, Tahitian black pearls, freshwater pearls or mabe pearls, you’ll love the photos, facts and the detailed information. You’ll be ready for your next pearl shopping experience. Get this book TODAY!
TEACH YOURSELF VISUALLY
JEWERLY MAKING AND BEADING
The Teach Yourself Visually books are some of the best books on the market. If you’re like me, you will appreciate the huge colorful images that show you step by step instructions. It really gives you a hands on approach. And with jewelry making being so popular, these books excel! Beads, wires, fun things found around the house, this book will help you create some awesome pieces of art that are wearable and fun.
Chris Michaels walks you through techniques that inspire and get your creative juices flowing. Each skill is combined with detailed photographs that show close-up tricks and tips. If you want to learn how to make your own jewelry, necklaces and bracelets, you will find this book priceless. Grab some pliers and wire, this book is for you!