Rocks and Minerals

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Explore Earth's natural treasures, from their primeval origins to traditional uses and modern-day appeal.

Featuring sparkling crystals, vibrant gemstones, and other precious materials often prized for their beauty, such as amber, coral, and fossils, this illustrated guide is sure to captivate every rockhound and budding gemmologist.

Learn how to identify more than 450 rock and mineral specimens through beautiful photographs and key characteristics. Discover more about rocks and minerals through folklore and historical artefacts, and find out the fascinating stories behind some of the amazing natural treasures, including the Hope Diamond and the Great Mogul emerald. Plus there is information on polishing and displaying your finds to further equip you with all the knowledge needed to become a rock and mineral collector.

Rocks & Minerals was produced in association with the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, the world's largest museum complex, ensuring the guide's accuracy.