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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Gemstones and Precious Jewels

My soon-to-be four year-old has shown a prolonged fascination with rocks and stones, and he's collected quite a number of sparkly and shiny specimins. So, for his upcoming birthday, one of the gifts I am looking for is a rock tumbler that is easy enough, and durable enough to withstand an inquisitive four year old.

Which then led me to wonder what sorts of books might be available in the public domain. And boy, there are a LOT. I picked out a few under $30, but since this isn't going to be a work project for me, I thought I'd share the results of the search, in case you're interested in building the ultimate, comprehensive site about gemstones, precious or semi-precious stones.

So, without further ado, here's the under $30 selection with dates prior to 1923... just to be safe.

Title
Author
Year (Pre 1923)
Status
Price
The Diamond King.
Day, W. Freeman.
1894
pre 1923
$7.50
Gem-Stones and Their Distinctive Characters
Smith, G.F. Herbert
1912
pre 1923
$7.50
GEM STONES OF THE UNITED STATES
Schlegel,D.M.
1042
pre 1923
$7.50
Gems And Precious Stones In 1917
Schaller, Waldemar T.
1918
pre 1923
$9.00
A Book of Precious Stones
Julius Wodiska
1909
pre 1923
$9.99
The Geology Of The Diamond And Carbonado Washings Of Bahia, Brazil
Derby, Orville A.
1907
pre 1923
$10.00
GEM STONES OF UNITED STATES
SCHLEGEL, DOROTHY
1042
pre 1923
$11.00
A Book of Precious Stones. The Identification of Gems and Gem Minerals
Wodiska, Julius
1909
pre 1923
$12.00
Art and Gems.
Schumann, C. W.
1891
pre 1923
$12.00
Gems and Precious Stones (ANTIQUITY/GEMOLOGY)
ANONYMOUS
1862
pre 1923
$12.50
THE GEOLOGIC AND GEOGRAPHIC OCCURRENCE OF PRECIOUS STONES
Ball, Sydney H
1922
pre 1923
$12.90
THE MENTOR, December 1922, Volume 10

1922
pre 1923
$13.00
Gem Collection Of The U.S. National Museum
Kunz, George F.
1889
pre 1923
$15.00
The Production of Precious Stones in 1898
Kunz, George F.
1899
pre 1923
$15.00
The Production And Identification Of Artificial Precious Stones.
Heaton, Noel.
1912
pre 1923
$15.00
Emigrant Diamonds In America
Hobbs, William Herbert
1902
pre 1923
$15.00
THE GEOLOGIC AND GEOGRAPHIC OCCURRENCE OF PRECIOUS STONES
Ball, Sydney H
1922
pre 1923
$16.90
A Book of Precious Stones
Wodiska, Julius
1909
pre 1923
$17.00
Handbook and Descriptive Catalogue of the Collections of Gems and Precious Stones in the United States National Museum.
Merrill, George P.
1922
pre 1923
$17.50
Diamonds, Pearls & Precious Stones
Smith, Marcell N.
1913
pre 1923
$18.00
A Hand-book of Precious Stones
Rothschild, M.D.
1907
pre 1923
$18.50
Diamonds
Crookes, William
1898
pre 1923
$20.00
Diamonds and Precious Stones
Dieulafait, Louis
1874
pre 1923
$20.00
Diamonds
Crookes, William
1898
pre 1923
$20.00
The Lure Of The Pearl
Penfield, Frederic Courtland
1906
pre 1923
$20.00
GEM-STONES AND THEIR DISTINCTIVE CHARACTERS
HERBERT SMITH, G.F.
1912
pre 1923
$20.00
Diamonds, Pearls and Precious Stones Where they are Found, how cut, and made ready for use in the jeweler's art, cont'd
Smith, Marcell N.
1913
pre 1923
$20.00
Brazil in 1912
Oakenfull, J. C.
1913
pre 1923
$21.00
Diamonds, Pearls and Precious Stones: Where They are Found, How Cut, and Made Ready for Use in the Jeweler's Art, Their Composition and Value (Second Editon)
Smith, Marcell N.
1914
pre 1923
$25.95
Pearls
Dakin, W. J.
1913
pre 1923
$27.51
A PIECE OF AMBER
RUDLER, F. W.
1882
pre 1923
$29.00
DIAMOND (DIAMONDS)
BREWSTER, DAVID
1832
pre 1923
$29.00
A PIECE OF AMBER
RUDLER, F. W.
1882
pre 1923
$29.00
A BOOK OF PRECIOUS STONES: The Identification of Gems and Gem Minerals, and an Account of Their Scientific, Commercial, Artistic, and Historical Aspects
Wodiska, Julius
1909
pre 1923
$30.00

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Posted by Public Domain Explorer at 9:58 PM
Edited on: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 10:16 PM
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