Field Collecting Gemstones and Minerals

Field Collecting Gemstones and Minerals

Field Collecting Gemstones and Minerals

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  • Erica "Erica" says:
    26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    How to Field Collect Minerals, December 1, 1997
    By A Customer
    This review is from: Field Collecting Gemstones and Minerals (Paperback)

    This is the third edition; the first in 1961 was titled Gemstones and Minerals: How and Where to Find Them, the second in 1970 was titled Prospecting for Gemstones and Minerals, and this third edition is perhaps the most appropriately titled; all editions are very similar with minor changes, and all are excellent.

    This clearly written how-to book is written for the layman, with very descriptive text accompanied by diagrams and pictures. Not a guide to localities, nor a descriptive mineralogy (see the author’s excellent mineralogy text for that); this tells HOW to collect minerals. Chapters cover field trips, tools and how to use them, rock classes and how to recognize them, how mineral deposits form, field features of mineral deposits (pegmatites, sulfide veins, basalt and diabase sills, alpine vugs, etc.), collecting practices, preparation of specimens (cleaning, trimming, and preservation), storage and exhibit (labelling, cataloging, assembling and arrangement), with useful appendices, bibliography, and index.

    I bought an edition years ago and soon found it very useful, particularly the section on Tools and How to Use Them. For field collecting, this book shows you how. -DMM

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  • Anonymous says:
    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A classic and still the best, April 25, 2000
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    Erica “Erica” (Washington State) –

    This review is from: Field Collecting Gemstones and Minerals (Paperback)

    There isn’t one single aspect of field collecting and processing minerals that Mr. Sinkankas has neglected in this classic manual. It has inspired generations of enthusiasts, myself included. My favorite feature remains the clear illustrations, including cross-sections of his favorite vug pockets, proper placement of gads, prospecting with ultraviolet light, and the copious photographs of geomorphological indicators. For the absolute beginner and experienced hand alike, this is heady stuff. It’s practically a mini-geology course in a book. Mr. Sinkankas’ style couldn’t be easier to read. If you ever run across his classic Mineralogy, snag it. It’ll have you hooked for life.

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  • Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great book for mineral hunters., February 4, 2012
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    This review is from: Field Collecting Gemstones and Minerals (Paperback)

    This book is a great. It had everything in it we were looking for. This was a library book, and someone had marked all pertinent pages for just what we needed. Good fun for rock collectors. The book was used, but in fine condition and will be a good resource.

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