Australia s gemstones and minerals are a treasure chest of world renown. This guide Gemstones and Minerals of Australia describes Australia s common minerals and gems as well as some rarities. It will assist collectors to identify a wide range of specimens. The book features over 300 colour photographs to accompany the gem and mineral entries.
Part 1 introduces the reader to gems and minerals and their chemical and crystal systems. It also gives tips on recognising and valuing specimens.
Part 2 describes each gemstone and mineral, detailing its composition, structure, habit, form, properties and distribution. Useful additions to the book are a glossary, a list of the chemical elements and information on the size and source of each specimen pictured.
Dr Lin Sutherland is a Senior Research Fellow in Geoscience and the Australian Museum. Gayle Sutherland is a gemmologist in Geoscience at the Australian Museum. Most of the photographs were supplied by Jim Frazier and staff at the Australian Museum.