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Collecting Rock, Gems and Materials, 2nd Edition: Identification, Values and Lapidary Uses [Paperback]

Patti Polk
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11 Dec 2012

Unlike the dense and highly technical academic tomes that are text-heavy, poorly organized and intimidating, this colorful and easy-to-use reference guide dedicated to collecting rocks, gems and minerals is ideal for readers who want to expand their understanding without getting lost in a labyrinth of science. Beautifully illustrated with 700 color photographs providing wonderful detail and smartly organized to take the hassle out identification, you will enjoy the simplicity of the guide and the enthusiasm and knowledge of author Patti Polk, one of the top agate collectors in the world and a self-proclaimed "rockhound." You will also enjoy two areas that our competitors don't bother with. First it includes values, and second, it covers an introduction to lapidary, which is the cutting and polishing of rocks and gemstones for jewelry or display.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications; 2nd edition edition (11 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440232717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440232718
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 657,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book !! 16 Aug 2011
By Kie
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Great book... very informative with lots of colour photos. Only drawback was the index did not include all types, so had to hunt around a bit. But otherwise love it and I refer to it often and take always to the gem shop to use to identify stones before making a purchase
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book 20 Sep 2012
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A very nice book with lots of interesting information for anyone starting out in the collecting and polishing of stones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for rockhounds 18 Jun 2010
By Peter R. Martin - Published on
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This is a gem of a book, if you will pardon the pun, and a welcome addition to my collection. I already have seven books on identifying gems and minerals and another twenty or so on where to find them, so what is special about this book? First of all I noticed the pictures, beautiful pictures, but more importantly pictures which I could relate to. In my other books I get an erudite description, but usually the pictures do not look much like the rocks I find or see at shows. Patti has chosen the rocks to photograph so well that they all look like the rocks and minerals I have, or have seen. I found the introductory thirty pages on equipment and practical collecting very clear. If I had never been on a field trip I would now know what to expect: the picture of a flat tire in a remote area is a timely warning that there are risks in our hobby. But it was the 230 pages of examples of uncut materials, polished items and completed jewlery which really caught the eye. The classification and illustration of the various categories of agate is splendidly done as are the other groups and minerals. Bravely Patti has added the 'value' of each item, listed by pound, ounce or gram. This is a very valuable resource, although it may go out of date very quickly depending on the value of the dollar and popularity and availability of each item. It has led me to rethink what rocks and minerals I have now, and to look again at the items which I have partially discarded as my 'yard' rocks. Patti Polk's enthusiasm for our hobby flows through this book and we must be thankful that she has filled a gap in the literature available to rockhounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding from cover to cover! 22 April 2010
By Michael W. Weber - Published on
I bought this for my rock hounding kids and I as we learn about the various rocks we hound. Though we already have all of the common rock & mineral books, this one is clearly the best of the best! The photos are extraordinary and unmatched by any other book on the market. The information is clear, concise and very useful. It includes sections on the basics for rock hounding with is excellent for beginners and useful for the experienced.

This is clearly a must have book for anyone interested in rocks and minerals. If you had any doubt before reading this review, trust me, you have to buy this one over all others.
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Each entry is enhanced with detailed information about that particular gem or mineral's characteristics 15 Jun 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
In "Collecting Rocks, Gems & Minerals: Easy Identification - Values - Lapidary Uses", author Patti Polk draws upon her more than twenty years as a skilled lapidary artist and gem cutting expertise and experience to compile a profusely and beautifully illustrated, 272-page compendium of superbly organized and presented minerals for amateur 'rockhounds' and professional collectors alike. Each entry is enhanced with detailed information about that particular gem or mineral's characteristics. "Collecting Rocks, Gems & Minerals: Easy Identification - Values - Lapidary Uses" is more than a simple encyclopedic presentation of assorted gems and minerals as Patti Polk also provides informed and informative information on what these gems and minerals are, as well as their uses for lapidary and display. Of special note is the entry on 'Buying and Selling Rocks, Minerals, and Gemstones'. Providing an illustrated wealth of information and examples, "Collecting Rocks, Gems & Minerals: Easy Identification - Values - Lapidary Uses" will proved an enduringly popular and valued addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library reference collections.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Between a Rock and a Great Book 14 May 2010
By An Indy Fan - Published on
All my life I've picked up rocks and brought them home, but I didn't know a thing about what I had in hand. As a matter of fact, my home and yard are filled with rocks I've picked up along the way -- and the ones I couldn't pick up I had trucked in. I finally decided enough was enough: I needed to know what I was doing. Thanks to this book I now do. The photographs (650 color images) are beautiful and the format handy. Really happy with this book, but my wife now thinks I have rocks in my head. She might be right.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the serious collector but rather for kids 7 Dec 2012
By J. Schwarz - Published on
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I purchased this book because I am currently taking a geology course in college and plan to actually go out and do some serious rock hunting. This book is not for the individual who wants to learn the types of rocks and what they look like straight from the earth. Many of the rocks, instead of being shown as nature intended were shown as jewelry and the selection of rocks was extremely limited by the author. This is a book for kids or for people interested in seeing some rocks turned into jewelry but not for serious rock hunters. If you are serious about collecting rocks and learning about them, skip this book and try something else.
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