I had been thinking about buying this book for ages and am glad I finally did. As I am due to start a crystal healing diploma in September I though I had better crack on and learn about the various different crystals and their uses. I am very pleased with this book, the best part about it is definetly the beautiful photographs of all the crystals as many books explain in detail about the properties of the crystals but no pictures! which as a beginner is exactly what you need! I also think the book is very reasonably priced for the amount of work that must have gone into it.