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References and suggested reading to enhance your gemological education.


  • Anderson, B.W. & Jobbins, E.A. (1990) Gem Testing. London, Butterworths, 10th edition, 390 pp.

  • Ball, S.H. (1950) A Roman Book on Precious Stones. Los Angeles, Gemological Institute of America, 338 pp. (English translation of Pliny’s book on gems)

  • Gübelin, E.J. (1967) Burma, Land der Pagoden. Zurich, Silva-Verlag, 131 pp.

  • Gübelin, E. & Koivula, J.I. (1986, 2005, 2008) Photoatlas of Inclusions in Gemstones, Vols. 1–3.

  • Federman, D. (1988) Modern Jeweler’s Gem Profile: The First 60. Shawnee Mission, Kansas, Modern Jeweler, Photos by Tino Hammid, 131 pp.

  • Federman, D. (1992) Modern Jeweler’s Gem Profile/2: The Second 60. Shawnee Mission, KS, Modern Jeweler, Photos by Tino Hammid, 143 pp.

  • Finlay, V. (2006) Jewels: A Secret History. Ballantine Books, 496 pp.

  • Hughes, R.W. (1997) Ruby & Sapphire. Boulder, CO, RWH Publishing, 512 pp.

  • Klein, C. & Hurlbut, C. (1998) Manual of Mineralogy (after James D. Dana). Wiley, 21st Edition, 681 pp.

  • Kunz, G.F. (1913) The Curious Lore of Precious Stones. Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott, reprinted by Dover, 1971; 406 pp.

  • Kunz, G.F. (1915) The Magic of Jewels and Charms. Philadelphia, Lippincott, reprinted by Dover, 1997; 422 pp.

  • Kunz, G.F. & Stevenson, C.H. (1908) The Book of the Pearl. New York, Century Co., reprinted 1993 by Dover, 548 pp.

  • Liddicoat, R.T. (1989) Handbook of Gem Identification. Santa Monica, CA, Gemological Institute of America, 12th edition, 450 pp.

  • Newman, H. (1994) An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry. London, Thames & Hudson, 352 pp.

  • Newmann, R. Various titles on buying gems and jewelry.

  • Schumann, W. (2000) Gemstones of the World. New York, Sterling Publishing Co., 272 pp.

  • Sinkankas, J. (1964) Mineralogy for Amateurs. New York, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 585 pp.

  • Sinkankas, J. (1993) Gemology: An Annotated Bibliography. Metuchen, NJ, The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2 Vols., 1179 pp.

  • Streeter, E.W. (1892) Precious Stones and Gems. London, Bell, 5th edition, 355 pp.

  • Ward, Fred: Various titles devoted to different gems.

  • Webster, R. (2006) Gems. 6th edition, 936 pp.

  • Wise, R.W. (2006) Secrets of the Gem Trade. Lenox, MA, Brunswick House Press, 275 pp.

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