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General Rock, Mineral and Gemstone Books

Gemstones of the World
Only $24.99
Gemstones of the World (fifth edition) by Walter Shuman.

One of the most popular books ever written about gemstones. Over one million copies sold. It contains background information about gemstones and detailed information with photos of over 100 gem species. It is a comprehensive book for people who tumble, collect, cut, admire or want to learn about gems. Includes 1900 photos of cut and rough gems. A 5 1/4" x 7 3/4" hardcover with 320 pages. For High School and up.
Modern Rock Tumbling
Only $24.99
Modern Rock Tumbling by Steve Hart

We highly recommend: Modern Rock Tumbling by Steve Hart. Learning is the fastest way to improve the quality of rocks that you tumble. In this book you will learn from an expert with extensive experience. You will increase your abilities, learn to save time, money and have a great reference book that you will use again and again.
Gemstone Tumbling, Cutting, Drilling and Cabochon Making
Only $18.99
Gemstone Tumbling, Cutting, Drilling and Cabochon Making

We highly recommend: Gemstone Tumbling, Cutting, Drilling & Cabochon Making by Jim Magnuson and Val Carver. This is our favorite book for a person who does rock tumbling and now wants to make beads, pendants and other jewelry from tumbled stones. Includes an introduction to cabochon cutting.
Dk books Smithsonian Handbook Rocks and Minerals
Only $20.00
Rocks and Minerals - Smithsonian Handbook by Chris Pellant

A great book for reading or reference, this handy (6.0" x 8.5") handbook presents interesting facts with full-color photos of hundreds of different rocks and minerals. Contains 256 pages, a glossary, identification guides and index.
Dk books Smithsonian Guidebook Rocks and Gems
Only $24.99
Rock and Gem - Smithsonian Guidebook by Ronald Louis Bonewitz

A great book for reading, reference or exploring. This textbook-size (7.0" x 9.25 ") guidebook presents interesting facts about hundreds of different rocks, gems, minerals and fossils. Contains 360 pages with hundreds of full-color illustrations and index. This book is REALLY nice!
S&S Guide to Rocks and Minerals
Only $18.99
Simon and Schuster's Guide to Rocks and Minerals. By Annibale Mottana, Rodolfo Crespi and Giuseppe Liborio. Edited by Martin Prinz, George Harlow and Joseph Peters, The American Museum of Natural History.

"An easy-to-use field guide, with more than 1,000 spectacular illustrations - 600 in color
Rocks and Minerals Field Guide
Only $20.99
Rocks and Minerals - Peterson Field Guide Series by Frederick H. Pough.

An introduction to rocks and minerals with detailed photos, description and idenfication information. Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. This book is a 4 1/2" x 7 1/4" paperback with 401 pages.
Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals
Only $19.99
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals by Charles W. Chesterman.

An introduction to minerals with photos and descriptions designed to aid you in field or at home study. A comprehensive reference with hundreds of photos. Durable plastic covers. 4" x 7 3/4", 856 pages.
Guide To Minerals, Rocks and Fossils
Only $19.99
Guide To Minerals, Rocks & Fossils by A. C. Bishop, A. R. Woolley and W. R. Hamilton.

An authoritative and practical identification and reference guide to minerals, rocks and fossils. Hundreds of color photos. The 5" x 7 1/2" size is great for your field bag.
Handbook of Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones
Only $22.99
Handbook of Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones by Walter Schumann.

A handbook that explains rock, mineral and gem identification along with a huge reference section with hundreds of photos. Great for beginners or experienced. A 5" x 7 1/2" paperback with 381 pages.
Dk books Smithsonian Handbook Gemstones
Only $20.00
Gemstones - Smithsonian Handbook by Cally Hall

A great book for reading or reference, this handy (6.0" x 8.5") handbook presents interesting facts and full-color photos for hundreds of different gemstones. Contains 160 pages with a glossary, gemstone properties chart and index. High School and up.
Familiar Rocks and Minerals of North America
Only $12.99
Familiar Rocks and Minerals of North America - A National Audubon Society Pocket Guide.

This book is a 6" x 4 1/8" paperback with 192 pages. Loaded with great photos and mineral identification information.
Minerals of the World
Only $16.99
Minerals of the World by Walter Schumann.

An introduction to minerals, their properties and identification. A detailed reference for hundreds of minerals with photos, properties and descriptions for hundreds of minerals. Hardcover book measures 5 1/4" x 7 7/8" and has 232 pages.
Minerals of the World - Princeton Field Guides
Only $26.99
Minerals of the World - Princeton Field Guides by Ole Johnsen.

Information on over 500 minerals, complete with detailed color photographs, crystallographic diagrams, physical and chemical properties, and much more.
The Practical Geologist
Only $16.99
The Practical Geologist by Dougal Dixon. "The introductory guide to the basics of geology and to collecting and identifying rocks."

Loaded with illustrations and full-color diagrams, photos, pictures, and sketches. Discover what Earth science is all about with this popular book!
The Rockhound's Handbook
Only $17.99
The Rockhound's Handbook by James R. Mitchell.

An introduction to rockhounding with basic geology, mineral and fossil identification, color photos, field methods and much more. Revised, expanded second edition. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 304 pages.


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Agate Books

Agates Inside Out
Only $24.99
Agates Inside Out by Karen A. Brzys.

Agates Inside Out is a wonderful book that introduces you to the world of agates. What are they? How do they form? What mysteries do their colorful patterns reveal? Where to look for them? What types of agates can be found there? Lots of great photos, charts and diagrams. This is a 6" x 9" paperback with 246 pages.
Agates, Treasures of the Earth
Only $34.99
Agates: Treasures of the Earth by Roger Pabian with Brian Jackson, Peter Tandy and John Cromartie.

A beautifully illustrated book that will help you learn all about agates, their properties, famous agate localities around the world, how agates have been used - not only in jewelry but also in science and technology, methods of agate collectors and much more. This is a 6 1/4" x 8 1/2" hardcover with 184 pages.


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Fluorescent Mineral Books

Collecting Fluorescent Minerals
Only $29.99
Collecting Fluorescent Minerals by Stuart Schneider.

An introduction to fluorescent minerals, types of fluorescence, how to find fluorescent minerals, light sources, types of light, where to collect fluorescent minerals, hundreds of breathtaking photos reveal how specimens appear in both daylight and UV light! An 8 1/2" x 11" paperback with 192 pages.
The World of Fluorescent Minerals
Only $29.99
The World of Fluorescent Minerals by Stuart Schneider.

An introduction to fluorescent minerals, types of fluorescence, light sources, activators, extensive identification guide with photos, how to find fluorescent minerals and much more. An 8 1/2" x 11" paperback with 192 pages.


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Fee Mining Guides

Fee Mining and Rockhounding Adventures in the West
Only $17.99
Fee Mining and Rockhounding Adventures in the West by James Martin Monaco and Jeannette Hathaway Monaco.

A directory to fee-mining for rocks, minerals, fossils, gold and treasure in the western U.S. Rockhounding sites, caves, gold prospecting, mines, festivals, museums, and more.
Fee Mining and Mineral Adventures in the Eastern U.S.
Only $17.99
Fee Mining and Mineral Adventures in the Eastern U.S. by James Martin Monaco and Jeannette Hathaway Monaco.

A directory to fee-mining for rocks, minerals, fossils, gold and treasure in the eastern U.S. Mineral sites, caves, gold prospecting, mines, festivals, museums, and more.


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Regional Gem and Mineral Guides

Northwest Treasure Hunter's Gem and Mineral Guide
Only $16.99
Northwest Treasure Hunter's Gem and Mineral Guide by Kathy J. Rygle and Stephen F. Pedersen.

Where and How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems and Minerals: Volume 1: Northwest States.
Southwest Treasure Hunter's Gem and Mineral Guide
Only $16.99
Southwest Treasure Hunter's Gem and Mineral Guide by Kathy J. Rygle and Stephen F. Pedersen.

Where and How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems and Minerals: Volume 2: Southwest States.
Southeast Treasure Hunter's Gem and Mineral Guide
Only $16.99
Southeast Treasure Hunter's Gem and Mineral Guide by Kathy J. Rygle and Stephen F. Pedersen.

Where and How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems and Minerals: Volume 3: Southeast States.
Northeast Treasure Hunter's Gem and Mineral Guide
Only $16.99
Northeast Treasure Hunter's Gem and Mineral Guide by Kathy J. Rygle and Stephen F. Pedersen.

Where and How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems and Minerals: Volume 4: Northeast States.


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Alaska Books

Rockhounding Alaska
Only $18.99
Rockhounding Alaska by Montana Hodges.

"A field guide to some of the state's best rockhounding sites!" A 6" x 9" paperback with 221 pages, descriptions, maps and photos.


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Arizona Books

Rockhounding Arizona
Only $17.99
Rockhounding Arizona by Gerry Blair.

"A field guide to some of the state's best rockhounding sites!" A 6" x 9" paperback with 219 pages, descriptions, maps and photos. Second edition.
Gem Trails of Arizona
Only $16.99
Gem Trails of Arizona by James R. Mitchell.

Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.
Arizona Gold and Gems Maps
Only $15.99
Arizona Gold and Gems Maps

A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of Arizona. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.


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California Books

Rockhounding California
Only $14.99
Rockhounding California by Gail A. Butler.

"A field guide to some of the state's best rockhounding sites!" This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 190 pages, descriptions, maps and photos.
Gem Trails of Northern California
Only $14.99
Gem Trails of Northern California by James R. Mitchell.

Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.
Gem Trails of Southern California
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Gem Trails of Southern California by James R. Mitchell.

Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success!Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.
California Gold and Gems Maps Northern Edition
Only $15.99
California Gold and Gems Maps Northern Edition

A collection of 5 large maps covering Northern California. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.
California Gold and Gems Maps Southern Edition
Only $15.99
California Gold and Gems Maps Southern Edition

A collection of 5 large maps covering Southern California. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.


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Colorado Books

Rockhounding Colorado
Only $16.99
Rockhounding Colorado by William A. and Cora Kappele.

"A field guide to some of the state's best rockhounding sites!" Second edition. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 244 pages, descriptions, maps and photos.
Gem Trails of Colorado
Only $14.99
Gem Trails of Colorado by James R. Mitchell.

Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.
Colorado Gold and Gems Maps
Only $15.99
Colorado Gold and Gems Maps

A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of Colorado. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.


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Idaho Books

Idaho Gold and Gems Maps
Only $15.99
Idaho Gold and Gems Maps

A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of Idaho. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.


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Montana Books

Rockhounding Montana
Only $16.99
Rockhounding Montana by Montana Hodges and Robert Feldman.

"A field guide to some of the state's best rockhounding sites!" Second edition. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 220 pages, descriptions, maps and photos.
Montana Gold and Gems Maps
Only $15.99
Montana Gold and Gems Maps

A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of Montana. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.


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Nevada Books

Rockhounding Nevada
Only $14.99
Rockhounding Nevada by William A. Kappele.

"A field guide to some of the state's best rockhounding sites!" This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 156 pages, descriptions, maps, photos.
Gem Trails of Nevada
Only $14.99
Gem Trails of Nevada by James R. Mitchell.

Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.
Nevada Gold and Gems Maps
Only $15.99
Nevada Gold and Gems Maps

A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of Nevada. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.


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New Mexico Books

Rockhounding New Mexico
Only $17.99
Rockhounding New Mexico by Ruta Vaskys and Martin Freed.

"A field guide to some of the state's best rockhounding sites!" This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 260 pages, descriptions, maps, and photos.
Gem Trails of New Mexico
Only $16.99
Gem Trails of New Mexico by James R. Mitchell.

Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.
New Mexico Gold and Gems Maps
Only $15.99
New Mexico Gold and Gems Maps

A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of New Mexico. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.


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Oregon Books

Gem Trails of Oregon
Only $16.99
Gem Trails of Oregon by Garret Romaine.

Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.
Oregon Gold/Silver and Gems Maps
Only $15.99
Oregon Gold/Silver and Gems Maps

A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of Oregon. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.


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Texas Books

Gem Trails of Texas
Only $16.99
Gem Trails of Texas by Brad L. Cross.

Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.


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Utah Books

Rockhounding Utah
Only $14.99
Rockhounding Utah by William A. Kappele.

"A field guide to some of the state's best rockhounding sites!" This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 180 pages, descriptions, maps and photos.
Gem Trails of Utah
Only $14.99
Gem Trails of Utah by James R. Mitchell.

Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state.
Utah Gold and Gems Maps
Only $15.99
Utah Gold and Gems Maps

A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of Utah. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.


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Washington Books

Gem Trails of Washington
Only $16.99
Gem Trails of Washington by Garret Romaine.

Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Details on over 75 collecting sites, each with a map, directions, and GPS coordinates.
Washington Gold and Gems Maps
Only $15.99
Washington Gold and Gems Maps

A collection of 5 large maps covering the entire state of Washington. These maps show gold and silver prospecting areas, and locations where gems and minerals have been found.


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Wyoming Books

Rockhounding Wyoming
Only $14.99
Rockhounding Wyoming by Kenneth Lee Graham.

"A field guide to some of the state's best rockhounding sites!" This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 158 pages, descriptions, maps and photos.


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