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GIA (Gemological Institute of America) houses perhaps the world’s most comprehensive collection documenting the history, science, business, and art of gems and jewelry. This online collection from the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center presents some of the most unique and rare books in the library’s collection. GIA is a nonprofit institute dedicated to research and education in gemology and jewelry arts. The Institute’s mission is to ensure the public trust in gems a...


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by Morse, Henry D., 1826-1888
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Volume 1 of 2. "These books contain over 2,500 individual business notes and letters written by Henry Morse (a few are written by his staff). Henry Morse is best known as the American pioneer in diamond cutting. However, Morse also dealt in finished jewelry, colored stones, importing rough diamonds, as well as buying and selling of rough diamonds to and from other cutting firms. Morse had an active business and corresponded regularly with an office he maintained in New York. Between the...
Topics: Morse, Henry D., 1826-1888, Henry D. Morse & Co, Jewelry industry--United States--19th century
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by Gilbert, Alfred C.
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Topic: Mineralogy--Juvenile works
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by Lindenberg, Hugo A.
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Topics: Jewelry trade, Jewelers--Correspondence, Reminiscences, etc.
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by Harrison, Eveleen
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Preface by Dr. A. F. Schauffler. "Twelve anecdotes on the birthstones as indicated on the High Priest's breastplate..."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 2766. Alliance Press edition not noted in Gemology by J. Sinkankas. Partial contents: January, garnet (power and victory) -- February, amethyst (sincerity) -- March, bloodstone (courage) -- April, diamond (innocence, purity) -- May, emerald (immortality and hope) -- June, agate (service) -- July, turquoise (truth) -- August,...
Topics: Bible--Juvenile literature, Symbolism in the Bible
" Amber dealers, Stantien & Becker, long-time holders of amber-​collecting rights along the Baltic Sea coastline of Prussia, requested Klebs to search their stocks and select therefrom specimens suitable for forming a collection of ambers."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 3440. " Gives [...] a general account of amber, its properites, etc, as well as describing outstanding specimens. The catalog lists 3,504 pieces of all types and many kinds of inclusions. The...
Topics: Amber, Amber--Inclusions
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Noted in Gemology, by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 458.
Topics: Gems--Early works to 1800, Medals--Early works to 1800
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by Adams, W. H. Davenport (William Henry Davenport), 1828-1891
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Partial contents: Ancient Egypt--Ancient Hindustan--Ancient Greece--Ancient Rome--Modern times.
Topics: Caves, Catacombs
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Noted in Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 0528.
Topics: Goorle, Abraham van, 1549-1608?--Numismatic collections, Gems, Classical--Early works to 1800
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by Fullerton, W. Y. (William Young), 1857-1952
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"Essays concerning gems and gem materials liberally laced with references to the Bible and its teachings and with [...] anecdote and curious lore, including allusions to gemstones mentioned in the Bible."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 2271. Noted in Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 2270.
Topics: Devotional literature, Precious stones
"The work is now very scare."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 7342.
Topics: Silica, Agates, Jasper, Quartz
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by Brockhous, Albert, 1855-1921
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Translated by M. F. Watty ; edited by E. G. Stillman. "In this much abridged English version...[t]he facsimiles of the Japanese signatures have...been omitted, as well as the extensive bibliography."-​-​p. ix. Includes bibliographical references (p. 173-175).
Topics: Netsukes, Ivories--Japan
Volume 2 of 2:  Tome 1. Structure, nature et propriétés de minéraux   https://archive.org/details/PrecisDeMineralogieModerneT1 Tome 2. Classification, description et histoire naturelle des minéraux Encyclopédie portative, ou résumé universel des sciences, des lettres et des arts [...]
Topic: Mineralogy
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by Vail-Shipley Shop
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Advertisements  Vail Jewelry Co., founded in 1884, was owned by Edward Vail. His daughter Jeanette married Robert Shipley in 1911. After the birth of their son Robert Shipley Jr., in 1913, Shipley Sr joined the Vail Jewelry Co. Over the next 15 years, Shipley Sr "turned Wichita's oldest jewelry store in to its largest and made the company a leader in the Midwest. He opened stores in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. He added departments for fine china and giftware, as well as a small...
Topic: E. Vail & Co.
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"The text is in two parts, the first, of six chapters, describes gemstones beginning with diamond, then those of color, pearls, coral, amber yellow stones, the metals, ambergris, bezoar, indigo and other 'rich productions' of the East and West Indies, and including salts. The second part describes the places which are referred to in the first part, from Abyssinia to Visapur ... Chappuzeau provides information on places in India where diamonds are found, how they are mined, and prices...
Topics: Gems--Early works to 1800, Jewelry trade, Precious stones--Early works to 1800, Pearls--Prices,...
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Includes bibliographical references.
Topics: Geology--Canary Islands--Lanzarote, Geology--Canary Islands--Fuerteventura
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"...Mosquera deals with the theoretical & practical aspects of weighing and valuing precious stones [as well as gold and its alloys], but supplies much highly interesting ancillary information...A rare work."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 4618. Partial contents: [Book 1, 2] Diamond.--[Book 3] Rubies.--[Book 4] Emeralds.--[Book 5] Sapphires, topazes.--[Book 6] Amethysts, spinels, garnets, etc.--[Book 7] Pearls.--[Book 8] Miscellaneous info. on stones and pearl previously...
Topics: Gems--Early works to 1800, Precious stones--Early works to 1800
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Illustrated by William Rainey.
Topics: Diamonds--Juvenile fiction, Adventure stories--Juvenile fiction
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Topic: Dictionaries, Polyglot
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by Breithaupt, Johann Friedrich August, 1791-1873
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Als Manuscript Ausgegeben Zweite Ausgabe. Book issued with printed text interspersed with blank pages. Extensive handwritten notes throughout probably by Raphael Pumpelly. Pumpelly was an American geologist and explorer. In the 1850s, he attended Freiberg University of Mining and Technology where August Breithaupt was one of his instructors.
Topics: Mineralogy, Minerals--Classification
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by Haushofer, Karl, 1839-1895
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Binder's title: Offentlichen Sitzung der k.b. Akademie der Wissenschaften zu München, 1877-85.
Topics: Mineralogists--19th century, Kobell, Franz von, 1803-1882--Biography
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by Espositer, Varni Co.
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"Brief remarks on cutting, gem properties, cut styles, sizes, dictionary of gems with essential data and prices charged for same by size; a short section on symbolism & lore."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 1949.
Topic: Gems as an investment
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by Crémer, Henri-H.
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Topic: Minerals--Romania
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by Allen, E. T. (Eugene Thomas), 1864-
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The mineral sulphites of iron by E. T. Allen, J. L. Crenshaw and John Johnson; With crystallographic study by Esper S. Larsen. Reprint from: The American Journal of Science, Vol. XXXIII (March 1912). Partial contents: I. The disulphides (Fe S2) pyrite and marcasite -- II. Pyrrhotite -- III. Crystallographi​c study.
Topics: Sulphide minerals, Marcasite, Pyrites, Pyrrhotite
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Volume 2 of 2. Volume 1 available at: https://archive.org/details/AManualOfAnalyticalMineralogyIntendedToFacilitateThePractical
Topic: Mineralogy, Determinative
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by Aloisi, Piero, 1881-
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Reprint from: Processi verbali della Societa Toscana di Scienze Naturali (July 7, 1912).
Topic: Cerussite--Italy--Elba
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by Anderson, Charles, 1877-
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Reprint from: Records of the Australian Museum vol. XIII, no. 5 (1922) pp. 201-212. Includes bibliographical references.
Topics: Diamond--Australia, Pyrites--Australia
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by Fuchs, C. W. C. (Carl Wilhelm C.), 1837-1886
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Topic: Mineralogy--Identification
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by Jones, Fayette Alexander, 1859-
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New Mexico. State School of Mines. Mineral resources survey of New Mexico. Bulletin 1.
Topic: Mines and mineral resources--New Mexico
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"Sonderabdruck aus des Verfassers "Leitfaden der Naturgeschichte mit besonderer Berücksichtigun​g der Rohstofflehre".
Topics: Mineralogy--Handbooks, manuals, etc., manuals, etc.
Topics: Bible and geology, Religion and science, Creation
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by Hardy, Robert William Hale, d. 1871
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Information on pearl fishery in chapters I, XVI; Pearl beds Ch.V & Ch.X; Mines & black pearls Ch.VII.
Topics: Pearl fisheries--Mexico, Sonora, Mexico--Description and travel, California, Gulf of,...
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by Emig, W. H. (William Harrison), 1888-
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Bulletin / Oklahoma Geological Survey ; 29.
Topic: Travertine
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by Arnold, Edmund S. F. (Edmund Samuel Foster), 1820-1907
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"...this is intended as a sort of general guide to the choicer specimens of the mineral cabinet, [Museum of the Academy of Mount St. Vincent].--introductory address.
Topic: Mineralogy
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by Pazaurek, Gustav Edmund, 1865-
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Cover title: Glasperlen und Perlenarbeiten aus alter und neuer Zeit " A detailed study of the development of the glass pearl in various forms and uses in ornamentation of the costume, accessories, reliquaries, boxes, jewelry, and the like [...] The first part of the text is historical, the second part treats the subject in modern times. Lavishly illustrated with good quality photographs. An unusual and scarce work on the common imitation pearl."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry...
Topics: Beads, Beadwork
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by Artem'ev, D. N.
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Series: Bibliotekasovremennolo Enaniya 12-15. Tom 1: Kristall i ego simmetriya ( https://archive​.org/details/Kr​istallografiyaV​olume1) Tom 2: Kristallograficheskie proekktsii i stroenie krstalla ( https://archive.org/details/KristallografiyaVolume2 ) Tom 3: Svoistva prostranstvennikh reshetok ( https://archive​.org/details/Kr​istallografiyaV​olume3) Tom 4: Eakon'i kristallieatsii
Topic: Crystallography
Sinkankas attributes to Saxius, but OCLC attributes to Christ, with comments by Guibert and Saxius.--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 5747.
Topics: Precious stones--Rome, Glassware, Ancient--Early works to 1800, Murrina (The Latin word), Vases,...
"Very scarce. Translation...o​f Mineralogia, eller inledning til nödig kunskap at igenkiånna (2nd ed., Stockholm, 1739). In addition this work also includes in chapter eight an abstracted translation of Bromell's paleontological treatise, Lithograpica Suecana."-​-​Mineralogy & crystallography by Curtis P. Schuh, entry no. 868 (2007 ed.).
Topics: Mineralogy--Sweden, Mineralogy--Early works to 1800, Fossils--Early works to 1800
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by Adams, Timothy Bryan
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"A thesis presented to the faculty of the San Diego State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Arts in Art by Timothy Bryan Adams Fall 1988." Signed by Theo Faberge, grandson of Carl Faberge.
Topics: Faberge, Peter Carl, 1846-1920, Faberge (Firm), Orientalism
Volume 1 of 2. Tome 1. Structure, nature et propriétés de minéraux Tome 2. Classification, description et histoire naturelle des  minéraux :  https://archive.org/details/TraiteElementaireDeMineralogieModerneT2 Encyclopédie portative
Topic: Mineralogy
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by Oved, Mosheh, b. 1885
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"The author tells of his boyhood in Russian Poland, his experiences in getting to England, and his eventual stay in his adopted country where he entered a lifetime career of buying and selling jewelry and gems. In later years he became proprieter of "Cameo Corner, a small but sought-out shop several squares from the British Museum in Bloomsbury, London. The shop continued operation into the 1970's."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 4926. Author signed "Moysheh...
Topic: Jewelry
8th ed.
Topic: Electroplating
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Cover title: Gemmographical tables for the use of diamond & gem merchants, jewellers & students : Exhibiting in tabulated form the distinguishing characteristics of rough and cut gems. "Tables of specific gravities, hardness, crystalline forms, cleavage, etc. Illustrations and descriptions of crystalline forms of gems. Names and colors of two hundred varieties. Twin colors of gems as seen in the dichroscope."--title page. "One of the earliest such compilations and...
Topic: Gemology
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by Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873
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"Ouvrage accompagné d'un atlas de 32 planches." Accompanying atlas available at: https://archive.org/details/EtudesSurLesGlaciersAtlas
Topic: Glaciers
(in die Zeitschrift fur Mineralogie, von Leonhard. 1827, II. Band, sidd. 1-239)
Topic: Mineralogy
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by Kraus, Edward Henry, 1875-1973
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1st ed.
Topic: Precious stones
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by Fornaro, Carlo de, 1871-
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Illustrations and text by Carlo de Fornaro. "The 'Legend' booklets, published in New York City by the jewelry firm of Marcus & Co. and presented to customer. Twelve were issued altogether."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, p. 350. Noted in Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 2180J.
Topics: Topaz, Gems (in religion, folk-lore, etc.)
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by Lacroix, Alfred, 1863-1948
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Series: La science Française. "Bibliographie": p. 21-36
Topic: Mineralogy--History
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The Wallet Series  Bibliographies at the end of each subject.
Topics: Collectors and collecting, Miniature painting, Enamel and enameling, Jewelry
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Jewelers' Circular, the first jewelry trade magazine, was founded in 1870. It had 4 roots: 1) the American Horological Journal, founded in 1869 and later merged with The Jewelers' Circular. 2) The Jewelers' Weekly, founded in 1885 and 3) The Jewelers' Review, founded in 1887. 4) The Keystone was established as a house organ in 1881.-​-​Jewelers' Circular-​Keystone, January 1935, p. 41. Name of publisher varies: Robert W. Robins (1887-1888) -- S. H. Steele (1893-1894) -- B. Thorpe...
Topics: Jewelry trade--Periodicals, Clocks and watches--Periodicals
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Jewelers' Circular, the first jewelry trade magazine, was founded in 1870. It had 4 roots: 1) the American Horological Journal, founded in 1869 and later merged with The Jewelers' Circular. 2) The Jewelers' Weekly, founded in 1885 and 3) The Jewelers' Review, founded in 1887. 4) The  Keystone  was established as a house organ in 1881.-​-​Jewelers' Circular-​Keystone, January 1935, p. 41. Name of publisher varies: Robert W. Robins (1887-1888) -- S. H. Steele (1893-1894) -- B. Thorpe...
Topics: Jewelry trade--Periodicals, Clocks and watches--Periodicals
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by Wood, Justin
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Series of promotional brochures, copyrighted by J. Wood, prominent jewelers of the time.--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 7316. "H(enry) J. Howe, [was] a jewelry firm located from 1860 to 1978 in Syracuse, New York. The text is attributed to Justin Wood. J. R. Wood & Son was itself a New York City jewelry firm established in 1850, with locations in Chicago and San Francisco as well as a production plant in Brooklyn.-​-​http://www.pala​gems.com/the-​ruby
Topics: Precious stones, Topaz
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by Ramsay, Albert
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2nd ed. "...so-called 'second' edition so identified on the final page of text, was 'produced by Gem Creations Pub. Co....' and is identical reprint but bound in dk blue morocco-like cloth ... It is by far the more commonly encountered version."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 5338.
Topic: Gems
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by Artem'ev, D. N.
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Series: Bibliotekasovremennolo Enaniya 12-15. Tom 1: Kristall i ego simmetriya Tom 2: Kristallograficheskie proekktsii i stroenie krstalla ( https://archive.org/details/KristallografiyaVolume2 ) Tom 3: Svoistva prostranstvennikh reshetok ( https://archive.org/details/KristallografiyaVolume3 ) Tom 4: Eakon'i kristallieatsii ( https://archive.org/details/KristallografiyaVolume4 )
Topic: Crystallography
Topics: Numismatics--Early works to 1800, Medals--Early works to 1800
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by Dawson, Edith B.
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With thirty-three illustrations. Partial contents: Cloisonné enamels.-​-​Champlevé enamels.-​-​Painted enamels.-​-​Oriental enamels.--Irish enamels.-​-​Modern enamels.
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Topic: Enamel and enameling
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At head of title: Board of education, South Kensington, Victoria and Albert Museum First issued in 1882 with title: Handbook of precious stones. "Reset, many rev & addit."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 1355. "Bibliographical notes": p. [ix]-x. 
Topic: Precious stones
New ed. with appendix. "Note" is dated "1901, W.T.B." Noted in Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 4908. "Enthusiastical​ly written, oversimplified treatise purporting to furnish would-be prospectors with the knowledge necessary to insure success in seeking minerals, ores, and gemstones."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 4904 (1872 ed.). "Ch 3 includes gemstones among the minimally-​described species; Ch 4 gives directions for hunting diamonds;...
Topics: Minerals--Collectors and collecting, Prospecting, Mineralogy, Determinative
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" Reprinted from the School of Mines Quarterly, vol. XXXI, no. 3, April, 1910"--title page.
Topic: Pegmatites--California--San Diego County
Topic: Mineralogy--Arizona
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by Dieulafait, Louis, b. 1830
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Versión Éspañola por Cecilio Navarro... ilustracion de Bonnafoux, Sellier, Marie, etc. Translation of first French edition: Diamants et pierres précieuses, 1871. Noted in Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 1714.
Topic: Diamonds
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by Görgey, R.
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Mit einer Figur im Text und 3 Tafeln Sonderabdruck aus: »Zeitschrift für Krystallographi​e usw.« XLVIII. Band, 6. Heft
Topic: Datolite
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by Smith, George Frederick Herbert, 1872-1953
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"With many diagrams and thirty-two plates of which three are in colour." 5th. ed. "First published March 21st 1910"--title page verso "Same [as 1923, 4th ed., rev.] but with publisher's logo on t.p."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 6157
Topic: Precious stones
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by Heddle, Matthew Forster, 1828-1897
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"With thirty illustrations from drawings by the author." Reprinted from 'The transactions of the Geological Society of Glasgow', Vol.XI., Part II., 1900. "Contains the summarized results of many years of observation and conclusions on the formation of Scottish agates [...]. The sketches were made by him [Heddle] from actual specimens and illustrate a wide range of internal structures in typical nodules."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 2835.
Topics: Agates, Agates--Collectors and collecting
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by Fuchs, Edmond, 1837-1888
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Association Française pour l'Avancement des Sciences. Congrès de Grenoble, 1885.
Topic: Copper
"...the first useful monograph on Chinese jade and the basis for any serious research in the subject...quite rare..."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 5416.
Topics: Jade, Jade--China, Jasper, Khotan
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Reprint from: Records of the Australian Museum vol. vii no. 1 (1908) pp. 60-68. Includes bibliographical references.
Topics: Topaz--Australia, Beryl--Australia, Rutile--Australia, Pyrites--Australia
Topic: Jewelry, Ancient
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"Reprinted from the Mineralogical Magazine, vol. XII, no.56"--title page. "Read January 31st and June 20th, 1899."--p. [184].
Topic: Minerals--Analysis
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"One of the earliest monographs on finger-rings, especially treating the history, development, uses, and significance of rings as used for official purposes or as seals..."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 4036. Index auctorum (p. 10-15) and general index.
Topics: Rings--Early works to 1800, Rings--History--Early works to 1800, Seals (Numismatics)--Early works...
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"(Contribution from the Australian Museum.) With plates LII-LIV, and six text-figures. [Read before the Royal Society of N.S. Wales, November 3, 1915.]" Includes bibliographical references.
Topic: Cerussite--Australia
Thesis (Ph.D.)-​-​Rheinischen Friedrich-​Wilhelms-​Universität zu Bonn, 1887.
Topics: Mineralogy, Sphene
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by Achiardi, Giovanni d', 1872-1944
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Estratto dai Processi verbali della Societa Toscana di Scienze naturali Adunanza del di 11 marzo 1906. Aggiunte alle parti 1a e 2a. Contents: 1. Geminato di calcite -- 2. Baritina aciculare.
Topic: Minerals--Italy--Carrara
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by Lorinser, Gustav
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"On the 'Marmarosch diamonds' or exceptionally clear and sharp rock crystals found near Nagyag, Hungary, with remarks on similar crystals from elsewhere, descriptions of typical specimens and occurrence, the collecting & marketing of same, and with an anecdote on a famous large 'diamond' that belonged to Dr. Gottfried Christoph Beireis of Helmstadt which was examined by Goethe but doubted by him to be a true diamond."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 4045.
Topic: Quartz crystals
Abhandlungen der Königlich Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Mathematisch-​physikalische Klasse, 26. Bd., 7.Abh.
Topics: Mollusks, Biology
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"Gives information on probable origin of diamond in nature, speculates on a carbon liquid state, energy required for crystallization​, and methods he used to synthesize diamonds which he believed he had accomplished. Final chapters report analysis of his "diamonds" by A Lacroix and Maquenne, and his publication announcing his work and results. Boismenu did not succeed, as is known now. Historically important; rare."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 752.
Topic: Diamonds, Artificial