Literature

Recommended reading

Below is a list of valuable references for jewels and gemstones. . Happy reading!


  • Agricola Georgius, De Natura Fossilium, Dover Phoenix Editions, 1546.
  • Bancroft Peter, Gem and Crystal Treasures, Western Enterprises, 1984.
  • Bauer Max, Precious Stones, Dover Publications, 1968.
  • Brown Richard S., Ancient Astrological Gemstones & Talismans, A.G.T. Co., Ltd., 1995.
  • Castellani Augusto, Gems: Notes and Extracts, Bell and Daldy, 1871
  • Church A. H., Precious Stones, H.M. Stationery Office, 1905.
  • Dennis Jr. Daniel J., Gems, Harry N Abrams, Inc., 1999.
  • Drucker Richard B., Gem Market News, GemWorld International, Inc.
  • Drucker Richard B., The Gem Guide Colour, GemWorld International, Inc.
  • Drucker Richard B., The Gem Guide Diamonds, GemWorld International, Inc.
  • Farrington Oliver Cummings, Gems and Gem Minerals, A.W. Mumford, 1903.
  • Federman David, Colored Stone, Interweave.
  • Feuchtwanger Lewis, A Popular Treatise on Gems, D. Appleton & Co., 1859.
  • Finlay Victoria, Jewels: A Secret History, Ballantine Books, 2006.
  • Furya Masashi, The World of Gemstones: Paraíba Tourmaline, Japan Germany Gemological Laboratory, 2007.
  • Hughes Richard W., Ruby & Sapphire, R W H Publishing, 1997.
  • Hurrell Karen & Johnson Mary L., Gemstones, Ivy Press, 2008.
  • Keller Alice S., Gems & Gemology, Gemological Institute of America.
  • Kornitzer Louis, Gem Trader, Sheridan House, 1939.
  • Kunz George Frederick, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, Bell Publishing, 1989.
  • Linsell Gavin, Guide to Gems & Jewellery, GemsTV Holdings Limited, 2008.
  • Lipatatpanlop Barbara & Michelou Jean Claude, The ICA 2006 World Colored Gemstone Mining Report, International Colored Gemstone Association, 2006.
  • Lipatatpanlop Barbara & Michelou Jean Claude, The ICA World Gemological Laboratory Directory, International Colored Gemstone Association, 2007.
  • Lyman Kennie, Gems and Precious Stones, Simon & Schuster, 1986.
  • Matlins Antoinette P.G., Colored Gemstones, Gemstone Press, 2005.
  • Michelou Jean Claude, In Colour, International Colored Gemstone Association.
  • Newman Renee, Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald Buying Guide, International Jewellery Publications, 2002.
  • Newman Renee, Diamond Handbook, International Jewellery Publications, 2008.
  • O’Donoghue Michael, Gems (Sixth Edition), Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006.
  • Oldershaw Cally, Gems of the World, Philips, 2008.
  • Pellant Chris, Rocks and Minerals, Dorling Kindersley, 1992
  • Pliny the Elder, Natural History, translated by John Bostock and H.T. Riley. Henry G. Bohn, 1855 .
  • Schumann Walter, Gemstones of the World, Sterling Publishing, 1999
  • Simmons Robert & Ahsian, Naisha, The Book of Stones, North Atlantic Books, 2007.
  • Sliwa Cynthia A. & Stanley, Caroline, Jewelry Savvy, Jewels on Jewels, Inc., 2007.
  • Smith Herbert G.F., Gemstones and their Distinctive Characters, Kessinger Publishing, 1912.
  • Smith Marcell Nelson, Diamonds, Pearls and Precious Stones, Griffith-Stillings Press, 1913.
  • Soukup Edward J., Facet Cutters Handbook, Gems Guide Books Co., 1986.
  • Streeter Edwin, Precious Stones and Gems, George Bell & Sons, 1898.
  • Suwa Yasukazu, Gemstones, Quality and Value. Volumes 1-3, Sekai Bunka Inc., 2000.
  • Vargras Glenn & Martha, Faceting for Amateurs, Glenn & Martha Vargras, 1969.
  • Voloillot Patrick, Diamonds and Precious Stones, Thames and Hudson, 1997.
  • Wallis Keith, Gemstones, Antique Collectors Club, 2006.
  • Wise Richard W., Secrets of the Gem Trade, Brunswick House Press, 2006.
  • Zoellner Tom, The Heartless Stone, St. Martin’s Press, 2006.