Titles include books covering special mineral and mining localities, gemology, geology, mineralogy, fluorescent minerals, micromounting, field collecting guides, etc. Have been reading everything he writes for about 35 years and he writes for the non-professional prospector or collector. If you have more than you can display, then choose your best to display. Full of other useful information about minerals too! It is technical mineralogy explained in a way that most anyone can understand. It will probably be more than you expect. This means moving or taking tools, removing or moving claim markers, damaging gates or signs, etc.
Additionally, many private landowners will give permission and allow hobby collecting. Ask for information on claim or private land boundaries in general and respect the individuals who are confronting you. Rockhounding Texas covers the popular and commercial sites as well as numerous little-known areas. I spent all my free time doing so with a pick and shovel until the early 90s when I began assisting Jack Buckner who was pioneering the use of mechanized equipment on pegmatite structures in the Lake George area. The text is illustrated with numerous crystal drawings, many showing the various twinning habits.
Rockhounding Texas, formerly The Rockhound's Guide to Texas describes 75 of the state's best rockhounding sites. The lure of brilliant blue beryls from Mount Antero eventually led to Colorado naming aquamarine as the official state gemstone. Some of the finest smoky quartz crystals in Colorado have been found in this area. One of the major features of this 2 nd Edition is the new coverage of synthetic gemstones, featuring complete data on all of the important synthetic materials, and including those both with, and without natural counterparts. Even if these are not posted or fenced almost none are , this is private property and no digging is allowed without permission.
Choose the one that fits your needs as a collector. With these two books in your library, you have a good start at learning 90% of what you will need to know as a mineral collector. Few people know that to progress in knowledge about this hobby is easy as can be, it just take a little bit of reading and we have the perfect selection of books to talk about today, ones that will give you a full understanding of minerals. Reality Check Can I make money at this? The information provided should be considered a guide. A text for college-level beginning mineralogy. Arranged alphabetically by the name of the mineral species, the book includes a complete cross index of familiar gem names.
The tables in the determinative mineralogy section are most useful in identifying unknown minerals, with information given as to the color, luster, cleavage and fracture, hardness, specific gravity, crystallization and structure, remarks, and the mineral names with their respective chemical compositions. The first step to moving out the beginner status is to stop buying damaged crystals. Clubs provide a valuable list of services to members including: arranging field trips, monthly educational lectures, a newsletter with local mineral news, as well as a social setting to meet other collectors. But understand that a dealer will eventually drop you from his list if you dont occasionally purchase his offerings. Also, it is appropriate to show the owner anything you may have found and to return it without being asked. Be prepared to wait two years for final approval. Minerals: Identifying, Learning About, and Collecting the Most Beautiful Minerals and Crystals Soft cover edition Can you tell cacoxenite from walpurgite? Trading is not to be underestimated.
If not, you should consider just keeping your spot quiet and enjoy some recreational collecting. You will be able to bring up on your screen ever Wulfenite you have, or all minerals from a locality. Yet both collectors invested the same amount. Featuring clear and interesting illustrations, Field Collecting Gemstones and Minerals covers the fundamental aspects of mineral collecting, including how to plan for trips, read topographic maps and use various tools on your hunt for new specimens. The result is a garage or basement filled with minerals in boxes. Fieldtrips are usually reserved for members and are often limited in number to participants. An example of that is the madness eastern collectors have for the 1-5 mm sphalerite crystals from the zeolite cavities in the trap rock quarries like at Southbury, Connecticut.
For your safety, whether fenced or signed or not fencing is not required of the claim owner and restricted on Federal lands avoid any active mining sites, this includes small excavations, but is certainly not limited to them. The key to a good trade is both parties get something they want. Invaluable information for the field collector and an excellent general introduction to the geology of mineral deposits. The 7 th Edition was published by John Wiley and Sons, New York. Rockhounding is a great hobby, rewarding and full of adventure. Relevant descriptions of each locality cover its mining history, mineralogy and geology, and types of specimens found. This guide covers how to extract, trim, preserve, store and exhibit specimens, as well as the geology of mineral formation, making it a must-have for every hobbyist.
John Sinkankas writes in an accessible, enjoyable style that have made his books trusted favorites for decades. Recently I assisted a collector in identifying minerals and localities because, when he started collecting minerals he appreciated them for their beauty only, and had discarded all the labels. Chapters include crystallography, general physical properties of minerals, chemical mineralogy, descriptive mineralogy, and determinative mineralogy. The final chapters cover the occurrence and association of minerals, as well as mineral uses — gem minerals, ornamental minerals, various industrial uses, and a list of minerals suitable for a small mineral collection. And remember, these are for you reference - your working copies. Offering a wealth of information for everyone, it starts with the fundamentals and leads logically to techniques and projects that will challenge even the most advanced cutter. That enabled him to stay ahead of the game.