gemology and mineralogy data bases
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Author:  cascaillou [ Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:47 am ]
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WEB: (highly recommended mineralogy database, with forum) (highly recommended french gemology database, you don't really need to speak french to use it) (another big gem database) (gemology database) (gemology database still under construction) (mineralogy database, interestingly gives optical data for unusual minerals) ... ge=english (another extensive mineral database) (highly recommended gemological forum) (gemology website, good place to learn the basics) (free online gemology course) (Raman spectra and X-ray diffraction database) (mineralogy website, interestingly it features Raman spectra of minerals) (highly recommended mineralogy forum) (nice handbook of minerals)

BOOKS (in english language):

'Photoatlas of inclusions in gemstones', by E.J.Gubelin and J.I.Koivula, in 3 volumes (2008 fifth edition)
This is a world reference as it comes to inclusions in gemstones, with plenty pictures, but expensive.
Let's note that Koivula also published a smaller book about inclusions in diamond: 'The MicroWorld of Diamonds'

'Tables of gemstone identification' by Roger Dedeyne and Yvo Quintens
Great gem databook, very useful for identification of stones. The author has released a paper update since (i.e. corrected and updated content for his book, which is available from

'Tables of gemstone identification', by Brigit Gunter
Another good gem databook

'Gemstone enhancement', by Kurt Nassau, second edition (1994)
Unfortunately not published anymore thus hard to get your hands on (especially the updated second edition). This is a world reference as it comes to treatments of gemstones (presentation of different types of treatments, which treatments for which stones, and how these can be detected out of the laboratory, when possible...). This book is both interesting for gemologists and mineral collectors (as most treatments can also be applied to rough stones).

Atlas der Krystallformen, by Victor Goldschmidt, 9 volumes available for consultation online: ... %3Atoronto
An exhaustive illustrated listing of minerals crystalline shapes. Minerals listed by alphabetical order all through the nine books. Useful for identification of well crystallized minerals.

Author:  cascaillou [ Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:19 pm ]
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Author:  empress [ Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:18 pm ]
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Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:04 pm ]
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I'm a little confused.
We've had these links up......and many more, for years. :?

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