Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals: Identification, Values and Lapidary Uses

Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals: Identification, Values and Lapidary Uses 2nd Edition

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Editorial Reviews
About the Author
Author Patti Polk is recognized as one of the top agate collectors in the world (as noted in the highly respected reference book Agates III by Johann Zenz). She has been collecting, cutting and polishing rocks for jewelry and display for more than 20 years. She has been published in Rock & Gem magazine and numerous other periodicals, and speaks at rock and mineral club programs and frequently serves as a trail guide for visitors to Arizona. Patti is a skilled lapidary artist, which includes the cutting and polishing of the stones into display specimens or cabochons for jewelry making.


This is a pearl of a book, and an appreciated expansion to my collection.  As of now I have several books on distinguishing diamonds and minerals and another ten or so on where to discover them, so what is unique about     this book?

As a matter of first importance I saw the photos, wonderful pictures, yet more vitally pictures which I could identify with. In my different books I get a learned portrayal, however for the most part the photos don’t look much like the stones I find or see at shows.

Patti has picked the stones to photo so well that they all resemble the stones and minerals I have, or have seen. I found them down to earth and clear.

On the off chance that I had never been on a field trip I would now comprehend what’s in store: the photo of a punctured tire in a remote range is an opportune cautioning that there are dangers in our diversion. Be that as it may, it was the 230 pages of cases of uncut materials, cleaned things and finished jewelry which truly got the attention.

The characterization and outline of the different classes of agate is amazingly done just like alternate gatherings and minerals. Valiantly Patti has included the “esteem” of every thing, recorded by pound, ounce or gram. This is an exceptionally profitable asset, despite the fact that it might leave date rapidly relying upon the estimation of the dollar and fame and accessibility of every thing.

It has caused me to reconsider what rocks and minerals I have now, and to take a look at the things which I have incompletely disposed of as my “yard” rocks. Patti Polk’s enthusiasm for our interest soars through this book and we should be appreciative that she has filled a hole in the writing accessible to rockhounds.