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Gems & Gemmology

Lapidary & Associated Crafts  ... Gem cutting, Faceting, Beads, Jewellery making, Metal-smithing, (Gold & Silver) etc..

Opals

Opal Stamps

 

 

GEMS & GEMMOLOGY      

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New  A DESTINY IN DIAMONDS. H/C + D/W in plastic cover. (Albert C. T. Joris) 1986. 113pp. This book is a narrative of the author as a diamond merchant and businessman traces his ambitions and achievements from early boyhood through fifty-three years in the diamond trade in both gems and industrial diamonds. He writes about the diamond mines in Copeton, New South Wales and those in Africa as well as the search for diamond deposits in Australia which came true with discovery of diamonds in Western Australia which is now known today as Argyle Diamonds. Good condition.  Special. 12.00
     
  A DESTINY IN DIAMONDS. H/C + D/W in plastic cover. (Albert C. T. Joris) 1986. 113pp.  Good condition.  Special. 5.00
     
  A KEY TO PRECIOUS STONES.   H/C   (L. J. Spencer) 2nd Edition, Reprint 1947. 237pp. Gemstones are mineral products, and this book, written by a distinguished mineralogist, gives in easy-to-understand language, the properties and compositions and explains where they are found in the earth's crust and to what use they are put. This is a general account of gemstone properties and composition and to uses they can be put.    A cheap 'reading / workshop' copy'. Special. 7.50
     
  A PROSPECTOR'S GUIDE TO THE ANAKIE SAPPHIRE FIELDS. (Queensland) This is a photocopied 55 page report which includes various information, reports as well as copies of early 1892 & 1902 reports from the Department of Mines, Queensland showing the locations, maps, type of machinery used and much more valuable information.  10.00
     
  A PROSPECTOR'S GUIDE TO GEMSTONES IN AUSTRALIAS/C  (N & R Perry) Reprint 1988. 112pp. This guide for gemstone hunters  (originally titled "Prospectors' Guide to Gemstones in Australia") provides all the information you will need to go fossicking, from the basics of selecting tools, planning the trip and safety measures to how and where to fossick. Comprehensive lists of gemstones areas of each state and what gemstones can be found there as well as a list of the gemstones and in which areas they can be found gives a useful cross reference. Maps are also provided with access roads to the gemstone areas, and larger scale maps indicate as nearly as possible the location of the deposit. Illustrated. An excellent gem hunting reference book. Good condition.  SOLD
     
  A TREASURY OF AUSTRALIAN GEMSTONES:  An Introduction to gem-hunting and cutting.  H/C  (K. J. Beauchester) 1st Edition, 1972. 192pp. This book provides much information with over 75 full colour and black & white photographs together with information on opal, sapphire and other many other gemstone locations. Good condition. 12.00
     
  AMAZING GEMS - An Illustrated Guide to the world's most dazzling  costume jewellery.   H/C + D/W in plastic cover. (Deanna Farneti Cera) 1997. 256pp. This most informative and profusely illustrated book introduces to the reader to the significant periods and important creators of costume jewellery. Whether the work of Chanel or Christian Dior or Kenneth Jay Lane, you read and learn about the actual components of a piece, identifying marks and other distinguishing characteristics. Also described are the various materials that make up costume jewellery such as: metals, coloured glass paste, rhinestones, marcasite, amethyst, wood, Bakelite  with biographical manufacturer's notes.  Ex lib. Very good condition.  22.00
     
  AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD'S GEMSTONES. H/C + D/W in plastic cover. (Dr. E. H. Rutland) 1st Edition 1974. 192pp. The author with many years of experience, commences this book with a clear account of how gemstones are formed in the earth's crust and their crystal structures and properties which enables them to be distinguished from the many skilfully produced imitations. It goes on to describe each of the precious and some of the semi-precious stones in detail and how they are recovered from the earth, fashioned into gems and set as jewellery. It also describes the history of gemstones in folklore and centuries past as well as a section on collecting looking after gemstones. Good condition.  12.00
     
  ANAKIE: The Sapphire Fields of Central Queensland, Australia. S/C (Walda L. Scholler) 1985. 3rd Edition 1990. 112pp.  This book provides an account of the history of the sapphire fields, workings, famous sapphires, marketing and more. Includes a correlation of interesting dates and information plus a glossary of terms used on the Anakie Sapphire Fields. Good condition. 

 18.00

     
New  ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT OLD JEWELRY 1840 - 1950.   S/C  (Jeanenne Bell) 1992. 445pp. This thick book provides a most informative account of all of the jewellery manufactured and sold within the years 1840 - 1950. It details the types of gemstones used within the periods of time stated and the types of metals used such as gold whether natural or gold-filled, silver etc. plus a chapter on how to test stones - natural,  imitations, ivory, pearls and opals. There is also a section on manufacturers and hall marks. Hundreds of jewellery photographs. A most invaluable book for anyone dealing in second-hand jewellery. Highly recommended.  22.00
     
  ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT OLD JEWELRY 1840 - 1950.   S/C  (Jeanenne Bell) 1992. 445pp. This is a new copy but with a damaged back cover. Special. 18.00
     
AUSTRALIAN OPALS & GEMSTONES: Natures Own Fireworks. S/C (Published by: The Australian Gem Industry Association) 1983. 20pp. This glossy publication describes all the popular precious gemstones such as: Opals, Diamonds, Sapphires, Emeralds, Rubies, Jade & Pearls found in Australia. Well presented.  Good condition.   4.00
     
  AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND GEMSTONES: How and where to find them.    

Please see below:    "How and Where to Find Gemstones in Australia and New Zealand".

4.00
     
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New  BEAUTIFUL QUEENSLAND GEMS. S/C (Hylda Bracewell, FGAA) 1996. 24pp.  This 24 page book with a comprehensive text, is beautifully illustrated with 61 colour photographs, a detailed location map and 4 tear-off colour postcards which can be mailed to your friends.       

‘Beautiful Queensland Gems’ provides the reader a general insight of the rich vast gemstone deposits in Queensland. If you are an avid fossicker, a tourist or like to travel in the comfort of your arm chair, you will enjoy reading this delightful book over and over again because whatever beautiful gem you are searching for – you will without doubt find it in Queensland.

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 7.50

     
  BLINMANS AUSTRALIAN JEWELLERY BUYERS' DIRECTORY - New South Wales & Queensland.   S/C 1989 - 1990 Edition. 234pp. This interesting catalogue provides all the information needed to locate jewellery items and associated equipment and the suppliers within Australia.  Good condition.   10.00
     
  BY APPOINTMENT.    H/C + Scuffed D/W   (G. Franzmann)   1980. 118pp. This is a history of Hardy Brothers 1780 - 1980. A well known Australian jewellery business. The pioneers of this company came from the UK and opened a store in Sydney, New South Wales and later, in Brisbane, Queensland. This story is an account of the events whilst in business until 1980.   It was then purchased by Christopher Skase of Qintex who then sold it to the McKinney Family.  It was then sold again and was purchased by Wallace Bishop a Brisbane Jewellers company.  Good condition. 7.50
     
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  COLLECTING AUSTRALIAN GEMSTONES. H/C + D/W in plastic cover. (Bill James) 1st Edition 1965. 192pp. This popular Australian produced book describes as to where to look for gemstones and how to fashion them into jewellery. A good all-round book for those starting out in this hobby. Good condition.  9.50
     
  COLLECTING AUSTRALIAN GEMSTONES. H/C + Damaged  D/W (Bill James) 1st Edition, 4th Impression  1965. 192pp. Good condition. 8.00
     
  COLLECTING AUSTRALIAN GEMSTONES. H/C + Damaged D/W (Bill James) 6th Impression 1966. 192pp. Good condition. 8.00
     
  COLLECTING AUSTRALIAN GEMSTONES. H/C (Bill James) 7th Impression 1967. 192pp. Good condition. 8.00
     
  COLLECTING AUSTRALIAN GEMSTONES. H/C (Bill James) 8th Impression 1968. 192pp. Good condition. 8.00
     
  COLLECTING AUSTRALIAN GEMSTONES. H/C + Damaged D/W  (Bill James) 9th Impression 1970. 192pp. Good condition. 8.00
     
  COLLECTING GEMS and ORNAMENTAL STONES.   H/C  (Kenneth Blakemore & Gordon Andrews)  A Foyles Handbook. 1st Edition 1966. 80pp. This U.K. produced book provides information on collecting gemstones and details on gem cutting. 7.50
     
  COLLECTING GEMS and ORNAMENTAL STONES.   H/C  (Kenneth Blakemore & Gordon Andrews)  A Foyles Handbook. Reprint, 1969. 80pp.  7.00
     
  CRYSTAL ENCHANTMENTS: A Complete Guide to Stones and Their Magical Properties.  S/C (D. J. Conway)  1999. 344pp. This book will guide to reader in the choice of stones from Adularia to Zircon, by listing their physical properties and magical uses and those who simply love stones and want to know more about them.  Ex lib. Good condition. Special.  7.00
     
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New  DESCRIPTION OF GEM MATERIALS.  H/C + D/W (Glenn & Marta Vargas) 3rd Edition 1985. 180pp. This large formatted volume contains a total of 464 gem materials. Of these, 320 are distinct natural minerals - to this number can be added 95 gem varieties. This book also contains 54 man-made gem materials. A most informative and an essential guide for both the amateur and professional gem cutter which will assist in identifying a gem material and get some idea what might be expected when cutting of a gem is attempted.. Both cabochon and faceting characteristics are covered.  A complete set of tables for hardness, specific gravity and refractive index are included to assist the identification of a gem.  24.50
     
New  DIAMOND HANDBOOK: How to Look at Diamonds & Avoid Rip-offs. S/C (Renee  Newman) 2005. 186pp. Whether you're a consumer or a jewellery professional, you should judge diamonds on the basis how they look, rather than just on how they are graded; diamond grading reports don't tell you everything you need to know to make wise diamond purchases. Using close-up photographs, this book shows you how to evaluate diamond quality and gives tips on how to get good value. It also explains how jewellery appraisers determine retail replacement cost and helps you select competent jewellers and appraisers. 25.00
     
  DIAMOND RING BUYING GUIDE.  S/C (Renee Newman)  6th Edition.  Reprint 2005. 156pp. This valuable and detailed book explains as to how to evaluate, identify and select diamonds and diamond jewelry. Illustrated.  16.00
     
  DIAMOND, RUBY, EMERALD, and SAPPHIRE FACETS. S/C  (Gary R. Grelick) 1985. 56pp. The primary intent of this book is to give the reader a working knowledge of diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires. The end result will be knowledge that you will be able to transmit to your broker or dealer. It sets you apart from the uneducated buyer, allowing you to "comparison buy", judging one stone against another, as to which might be better value for your money. In essence, this book will be a starting guide for you. Shop display copy with a scuffed cover. Special.  9.00
     
  DIAMONDS, RUBY, EMERALD, and SAPPHIRE FACETS. S/C  (Gary R. Grelick) Revised 1985. 60pp. This book is the same as above except it contains 4 extra pages on jewellery care.  Brand new copy with a scuffed cover. Special. 

12.00 

     
New   DIAMONDS.  S/C (Fred Ward) 1993. 3rd Edition 2003. 64pp. This magnificent book with superb coloured photographs  provides much information as to the history and lore of diamonds, recovery, the use of diamonds in jewellery and artefacts. Also covered is a section on both synthetic and industrial diamonds and finally how to buy and care for diamonds. 15.00
     
New  DIAMONDS. S/C   (Fred Ward)   Revised 1998.  64pp.  14.00
     
  DIAMONDS. S/C  (Fred Ward)   1993.  64pp.  Mint condition 13.00
     
  DIAMONDS IN AUSTRALIA: The Fields and the Prospectors.   S/C   (Leo Chapman) 1st Edition, 1980. 190pp. Apart from the valuable and interesting information relating to the diamond fields of Australia, the author provides details on diamonds in general from its origin, properties, cutting, etc. There is also an A - Z of Companies at the time of printing involved in the exploration of diamonds within Australia.  Good condition.

   

12.00
     
  DICTIONARY OF AUSTRALIAN GEMSTONES. H/C + D/W  (Edited by: Bill Myatt) 1st Edition 1974. 191pp. This book describes the various fossicking methods used for gemstones and gold, mineral collecting, making jewellery as well as a large section on gemstone identification. Illustrated. Good condition except for some tape marks inside the front and back cover.  10.00
     
  DICTIONARY OF AUSTRALIAN GEMSTONES. S/C (Edited by: Bill Myatt) 2nd Impression, 1977.  191pp.  Good condition.  9.00
     
  DICTIONARY OF AUSTRALIAN GEMSTONES. S/C (Edited by: Bill Myatt) 3rd Impression, 1978.  191pp.  Good condition.  9.00
     
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New   EMERALDS.  S/C  (Fred Ward)   revised Edition 2001. 64pp. This excellent book provides much detail on the history and lore of emeralds, exploration and mining, the jewellery designed around emeralds, lab-grown emeralds with information on the buying and caring for emeralds. Magnificently illustrated with colour photographs. Highly recommended.  19.50
     
New   EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT DIAMONDS.  S/C  (Kassouy Inc.) 2nd Edition 1977 ?94pp.  This is a question and answer book which covers everything from mining, recovery to the marketplace, Synthetics, diamond substitutes,  treated diamonds, details on the four "c's" - cut, colour, clarity and carat. Diamonds as investments and pricing, Famous diamonds and finally the wear and care of diamonds.  This is the best book on this subject I've seen - every question is there plus the answer in layman's terms.    12.00
     
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FOSSICKERS GUIDE (New South Wales): Discovering the Earth's Riches. S/C - A4 size. (Department of Mineral Resources, N. S. W.) July 1999. 88pp. This booklet provides the fossicker with the State fossicking regulations, the fossicking basics, where to go go fossicking in New South Wales, types of mineral, gem and gold deposits plus other sources of information. Very good condition. 

SOLD

     
  FOSSICKERS GUIDE TO GOLD, MINERALS AND GEMSTONES OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA.  S/C - Oblong. (Len Dallow) 1st Edition 1983. 148pp.This much sought after book provides information on the basic geology of South Australia as well as the gold deposits within the State. The author has assembled a listing of all the mines (with mud maps) in alphabetical order each under 10 main areas as follows: Adelaide, Mid North, Flinders Ranges, Arkaroola Province, Olary Province, Murray Basin, Kangaroo Island, Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula & North West. Good condition with some underlining and fluorescing. Scarce.

 SOLD

     
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New   GEM & JEWELRY POCKET GUIDE: A Traveller's Guide to Buying Diamonds, Colored Gems, Pearls, Gold and Platinum Jewelry.  S/C  (Renee Newman)  Revised Edition 2005. 156pp.  A concise overview of gems, gold and platinum and what to look for when buying them. Know what the right questions are to ask, how to spot fake and lab-grown gems, jeweler's marketing ploys, and how to avoid hassles with customs. 15.00
     
New    GEM AND LAPIDARY MATERIALS:  For Cutters, Collectors and Jewelers. S/C (June Culp Zeitner) 1996. 347pp. This book provides a complete overview of the materials used, as well as the pluses and minuses of working with each medium. A useful reference and engaging history of lapidary work that transcends national boundaries and contributes to social customs, religious beliefs, rites, superstitions and trade. 

40.00 

     
New   GEM CARE.  S/C  (Fred Ward)  1st Edition  1995. 32pp.  Contains everything you need to know to properly care for your jewellery and gems from abalone to zoisite (A – Z). When to use ultrasonic cleaners; which chemicals are safe; how to clean precious metals, and much more. Mint condition.  10.00
     
New     GEM CARE.  S/C  (Fred Ward)  Revised Edition  2002. 32pp.  

 12.00

     
  GEM ELIXIRS AND VIBRATIONAL HEALING - Volume 1.  S/C  (Gurudas) 1985. 296pp. This book is distinguished from other current books on gem therapy because of its careful presentation of new and original research material. Most of the information presented in this book was obtained by Gurudas through working with two channels. The channelled material is carefully explained and supported with numerous footnotes and commentaries. This text focuses on the practical side of gem therapy. Encyclopaedic in content, this text presents 144 gemstones and 81 combinations. Up to 25 issues are examined with each gemstone. In this encyclopaedic text, you are introduced to such topics as: Real cause of AIDS, Bath therapies, Amplification techniques, use of gemstones in Atlantis and Lemuria, Practical advice on using gem elixers, cleansing and storing gem elixirs and more plus 56 pages of detailed charts and lists to apply this data. Mint condition. 

 18.00

     
  GEM HUNTING ATLAS OF AUSTRALIA.  H/C in plastic cover.   (Published by: Paul Hamlyn Ltd) 1st Edition, 1973. 163pp. A complete guide to the gemstone areas of Australia with 30 colour, large scale location maps showing geological structures, where to go, how to get there and what to find. Mint condition.   SOLD
     
New   GEM IDENTIFICATION MADE EASY: A Hands-on Guide to More Confident Buying and Selling. H/C + D/W    (Antoinette Matlins & A. C. Bonanno) 3rd Edition, Updated & expanded. 2007.  320pp.   An easy-to-use book that shows how anyone can learn to identify most of the gems and synthetics found in the marketplace. This practical book is essential reading for collectors, dealers or students alike to avoid costly mistakes and recognise profitable opportunities.     SOLD
     
  GEM TESTING.  H/C + Damaged D/W  (B. W. Anderson)  8th Edition,  3rd Impression, 1976. This ever popular book covers the collecting, handling, and housing of gemstones. The important properties are discussed with the necessary apparatus or instruments for observing and measuring these properties are described. Full practical instructions are given and enough theoretical background to make observations. Other chapters deal with natural and synthetic stones as to how they are identified. Includes a glossary, tables of gemstone constants and an explanation of crystal systems. This is essential reading for anyone who is concerned with the identification of gemstones. Good condition.  18.00
     
  GEMS and GEM MATERIALS. H/C (Edward Henry Kraus & Christopher Baker Slawson) 4th Edition, 7th Impression, 1941. This book is written in 3 parts. Part 1: Crystal forms and properties, cutting and polishing of gems, etc. Part 2: Description of individual gems. Part 3: The classification of gem materials according to various properties. Good condition.  15.00
     
New  GEMS and JEWELRY. S/C (Joel E. Arem)  2nd Edition Reprint, 1994. 176pp. This book is an invaluable photographic color guide. Learn about gems, their histories, locations and properties; How they are mined, cut and sold. How to inspect jewelry for flaws and perfections. Includes 186 dazzling photos that show their sparkling beauty. 12.00
     
  GEMS and JEWELRY.   S/C   (J. Arem)   Reprint, 1983.  159pp. Good condition. Special.  6.00
     
  GEMS and JEWELS.   H/C   Large Format. (Introduction by: Henri-Jean Schubnel)  Orbis Books, 1971. 80pp. This book is also sub-titled Uncut Stones and Objets D'Art. Contains lots of colored photographs on objects made or carved from gemstones as well as 15 pages of text. Good condition except for some tape marks inside the front and back cover.  Special. 3.00
     
  GEMSTONE AND MINERAL DATA BOOK. S/C (John Sinkankas) 1st Edition 1972. 346pp. This is an excellent compilation of data, recipes, formulas and instructions for the Mineralogist, Gemologist, Lapidary, Jeweler, Craftsman and Collector. The chapters contain: Weights, measures, conversions and mathematical formulas; Chemicals, useful miscellaneous materials and formulations; Lapidary equipment  & abrasives, polishing etc.; Metals & Jewelry data; Coloring, physical properties, chemical testing, cleaning of minerals and gemstones and much, much more. An ideal reference book. Good condition except the cover. priced as a reading / reference copy. Special. 

15.00 

     
New  GEMSTONE BUYING GUIDE. S/C  (Renee Newman)  2nd Edition, Reprint 2006. 156pp. How to evaluate identify, select and care for colored gems. Profusely illustrated with many coloured photographs.  18.00
     
New  GEMSTONES.   S/C   (Christine Woodward & Dr. Roger Harding. British Museum, London)   Reprint 1993. 60pp. This excellent publication details the origin of gemstones, their descriptions, cutting and polishing, historical gemstones including a gemstone deposit map of the world. Discover this book in this dazzling colour photo collection of cut and uncut stones, exquisite pieces of jewellery and exotic sculptures.  10.50
     
  GEMSTONES: Number 18. S/C - Booklet (Compiled by G. Rose. Geological Survey of New South Wales. This booklet is part of the "The Mineral Industry of New South Wales" Series produced by the Department of Mines, New South Wales.) August 1960. 60pp. This booklet gives much information on the gemstones and their locations found within the State. Gemstone map at the rear of the publication. Good condition.   10.00
     
  GEMSTONES: Number 18. S/C - Booklet (Compiled by A. A. MacNevin & G. G. Holmes. Geological Survey of New South Wales. This booklet is part of the "The Mineral Industry of New South Wales" Series produced by the Department of Mines, New South Wales.) 2nd Edition 1980.  119pp.  Good condition.  20.00
     
  GEMSTONES. H/C (G. F. Herbert Smith. Revised by: F. C. Phillips) 13th Edition, Revised, 1958. 560pp. This is quite an informative books which is divided into various parts which include: Physical characters, Technology & history, Description of the principal stones & other gem materials, Ornamental stones, Organic products and Identification Tables. Damaged spine. Ex lib. Special. 9.50
     
  GEMSTONES IN AUSTRALIA. S/C (J. G. Olliver & I. J. Townsend) 1993. 72pp. This is a  review of the industry and the first assessment of gemstone resources by the Australian Gemstone Industry Council. Excellent condition.  5.00
     
  GEMSTONES OF NEW SOUTH WALES: How and where to find them.   S/C (Compiled by: Norm Campbell & Derrick Stone) 1st Edition 1969. 125pp. This is an excellent book for those looking for gemstones in New South Wales. The author has divided the book into various sections: geological, Identification and description of gemstones, equipment required, Gemfield Location maps, and even opal cutting. Scarce. Good condition. 40.00
     
New  GEMSTONES OF THE WORLD.   H/C + D/W  (Walter Schumann) Newly Revised & Expanded - 3rd Edition 1999.  272pp. All known gemstone types are discussed, and over 1500 full colour photos showcase each gemstone in both its natural state and its polished and cut renditions. A special section on rocks as precious stones is included as well as new-on-the-market stones, synthetics and imitations. 

  

27.50
     
  GEMSTONES OF VICTORIA: How and where to find them.   S/C (Derrick Stone) 1st Edition, Revised and Expanded, 1967. 129pp. (?) This is an excellent book for those looking for gemstones in Victoria. The author has divided the book into areas complete with locations and associated text.  Good condition. SOLD
     
New    GOLD & PLATINUM JEWELRY BUYING GUIDE. S/C (Renee Newman) 1st Edition 2000. 156pp. This book gives a wealth of information on chains, mountings, multi-coloured gold and platinum alloys. Also details on how to judge, buy, test and how to care for this jewelry.  

28.00 

     
  GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN GEMSTONES. Booklet (Reader's Digest) 1976. 52pp. A basic guide to gem fossicking, the gemstones, gold and areas to look. Information on equipment for fossicking, cutting and polishing. Special. 

2.00 

     
New    GUIDE TO GEMS.  S/C  (Cally Oldershaw)   Firefly.  2004 / Reprint, 2006.  225 pp. This book is an illustrated guide to the identification, properties and use of gemstones. The introduction describes the geology, chemistry and properties of gems in clear and accessible terms, and also provides a valuable colour key. The main section supplies complete descriptions of a wide range of gems, with illustrations of the gem in rough form, crystal form, gem details, common cuts and jewelry. Describes more than 130 varieties of gemstones, over 850 photos, more than 50 drawings and diagrams plus world maps of important gem locations.  This book is the best we've seen in a long time.  Excellent !

  

17.50
     
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  HANDBOOK OF GEMSTONE IDENTIFICATION.  H/C  (Richard T. Liddicoat, Jr.) 10th Edition, 2nd Printing, 1977.  440pp.  This book has proven to be extremely helpful in the making of accurate determinations of gemstones. It is a valuable addition to gemmological literature, and is welcomed by dealers and lovers of gems. Covers  the identification of all coloured transparent gemstones and much, more more.  This book is considered the "bible" for students and professionals alike. Good condition.  17.50
     
  HOW AND WHERE TO FIND GEMSTONES IN AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND. H/C + D/W  (Edited by: Bill Myatt)  1st Edition, 1972.  511pp.   This massive  book  has always tended to be known as the authority on this subject. It covers state by state, the different types of gemstones which can be found, together with maps. The distances are measured in miles.  

Note: This book was previously titled "Australian & New Zealand Gemstones: How & where to find them"  Some notations and underlining ..... otherwise the book is in good condition.

SOLD
     
  HOW AND WHERE TO FIND GEMSTONES IN AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND. H/C  (Edited by: Bill Myatt)  1st Edition, 1972.  511pp.  Damaged and repaired cover in reasonably good condition. Priced as a field / reference / reading copy.  Special.  SOLD
     
  HOW AND WHERE TO FIND GEMSTONES IN AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND. H/C + Damaged D/W  (Edited by: Bill Myatt)  Revised Edition, 1987.  486pp.   This massive  book  has always tended to be known as the authority on this subject. It covers state by state, the different types of gemstones which can be found, together with maps. The distances are measured in miles.  

Note: The original book was previously titled "Australian & New Zealand Gemstones: How & where to find them"  Good condition.

SOLD
     
  HOW TO INVEST IN GEMS. H/C (B. Zucker) 1977. 128pp. A Layman's Guide to the Connoisseur's in how to invest, gem appraisals for owners and estate trustees, what you can learn from auctions about  Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds, Diamonds and other precious gemstones.  A couple of damaged pages and some marks but is in generally good condition otherwise. Special. 7.50
     
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New  JADE.   S/C  (Fred Ward)  Revised Edition 2001. 64pp. This most impressive book provides the reader with much information about the various and even different types of deposits of jade from around the world. The coloured photographs show some most interesting pieces of sculpture and jewellery ever seen. Highly recommended.  17.50
     
  JADE.     H/C + D/W in plastic cover.  (Louis Zara) 1969. 85pp. The author who has had a life-long interest in gems and minerals and especially in jade, has written this invaluable handbook explaining the difference between the only two jade minerals which are nephrite and jadeite and how how they differ, how to tell them apart, how they are chemically composed - every practical detail for the collector is embodied in this most informative study plus a lot of historical information. Good condition.  8.50
     
  JADE COUNTRY.   H/C + Damaged D/W (Theo Schoon) 1st Edition 1973. 143pp. Jade has always been part of the author's life and here describes the jade deposits, locations, and jade carving in New Zealand. Also included are 105 colour plates and 6 pages of drawings that show the wide range of his study, observation and experience in this fascinating story of jade. Good condition. Special.  SOLD
     
  JADE COUNTRY. S/C  (Theo Schoon) 1st Edition 1973. 143pp. Good condition.  15.00
     
New  JADE FEVER: Hunting the Stone of Heaven.  S/C (Stan Leaming with Rick Hudson)  2005.  191pp.The author describes his travels around the world in his hunt for Jade. This book also includes information on the Australian jade deposits. An excellent 'up-to-date'  book on the subject. 

   

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New  JADE: Schillers Richest Find.   S/H  (Austin Stapleton)   1st Edition 1987. 63pp.

See below:       "SCHILLER'S RICHEST FIND: JADE"   

     
New   JEWELRY & GEMS: The Buying Guide.  S/C  (Antoinette L. Matlins & Antonio C. Bonanno) 3rd Edition, Revised, Updated and Expanded, 1995. 262pp. This book deals with how to buy diamonds, pearls, coloured gemstones, gold and jewelry with confidence and knowledge. This book is the unofficial "bible" for gem and jewellery buyers. 

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  MUDMAPS IN QUEENSLAND & NORTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES. S/C  (Edited by: Barry Waters) 1973. 64pp. This books provides details and information as well as a mud-map as to where particular precious and semi-precious gemstones in Queensland & New South Wales. Good condition.  SOLD
     
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  NEW ZEALAND GEMSTONES. H/C +  D/W (Lyn & Ray Cooper) Reprint 1969 125pp. This book provides much information as to equipment needed and the places where to collect gemstones in New Zealand. It also gives an insight to tumbling and polishing, mounting jewellery together with workshop tips and tables. Good condition. 

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  NEW ZEALAND GEMSTONES. H/C +  D/W (Lyn & Ray Cooper) Reprint 1976. 125pp. Good condition  9.50
     
  NEW ZEALAND GEMSTONES. H/C + Slightly damaged D/W (Lyn & Ray Cooper) 1st Edition 1966. 125pp.  Ex lib copy in reasonable condition. Special.   5.00
     
  THE NEW ZEALAND ROCKHOUND.  H/C in plastic cover. (Natalie Fernandez) 1981.  191pp. This book provides much information on gem collecting in New Zealand. It gives a run-down on the locations and the types of gemstones, rocks and minerals found. It also has a chapter on fossils. Well presented. Good condition except for some tape marks inside the front and back cover.   15.00
     
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  ORIGIN OF BIRTHSTONES AND STONE LEGENDS.  S/C  Pocketbook. (M. T. Ghosn) 73pp. This book contains hundreds of legends about the power of stones as well as the healing power of stones for over 40 different stones. It also contains tables on: Stones for the seasons of the year; Stones for the hours of the day; Angeletic stones; Tribal stones; Zodiac stones; Talismanic and Amulet birthstones, Stones for feminine  & masculine names, Stones for the weekday and Apostle stones. Near new condition. Special.  4.50
     
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New  PEARLS   S/C  (Fred Ward)   2nd Revised Edition  1998.   64pp. This book covers the history and lore of pearls, the different types - saltwater and freshwater, Mother-of-Pearl and Shell products, Imitation pearls and a chapter dealing in buying and caring for pearls. Special.  15.00
     
New  PEARLS.   S/C   (Fred Ward)    3rd Revised Edition  2002.   65pp. This book is identical to the 2nd revised edition except 3  pages have been added for: Determining Pearl Quality and Cultured Pearls Quality Charts.  20.00
     
  PRACTICAL GEM KNOWLEDGE FOR THE AMATEUR. S/C (Charles J. Parsons) 1st Edition 1969. 4th Printing April 1975. 140pp. This book gives a good understanding of gemstones from their properties, terminology, synthetics, imitations, testing procedures of all valuable gemstones. Crammed full of information! Good condition. 

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  PRACTICAL GEMMOLOGY. H/C - Cover a little marked. (Robert Webster) 3rd Edition 1957. 180pp. The study-book provides extensive information on the identification of gemstones, pearls and ornamental minerals. Good condition. 

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  PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES. H/C (M. Weinstein) 4th Edition, Reprint, 1946. A good book of its time which provides information on gemstones. how they are mined and cut. This book is written in layman's terms which can be understood by those not knowing much about this subject. 9.50
     
  PRECIOUS STONES: A popular account of their characters, occurrence and applications with a introduction to their determination, for Mineralogists, Lapidaries. Jewellers, etc with an Appendix on pearls and coral.  Volume 1.  S/C (Dr. Max Bauer. Translated from the German with Additions by L. J. Spencer. New Foreword and Addenda by Dr. Edward Olsen) 1968. 260pp. Even though the title explains the book's contents, it begins with a discussion of the general characteristics and applications of gem minerals, how they are cut, how faults and counterfeits are detected and how the value of a gem is determined. Each type of precious stone is discussed thoroughly, beginning with nearly 150 pages on the diamond. Illustrated. Good condition.  15.00
     
  PROSPECTORS GUIDE TO GEMSTONES IN AUSTRALIA. S/C (N & R Perry) 1st Edition 1982. 112pp. This guide for gemstone hunters provides all the information you will need to go fossicking, from the basics of selecting tools, planning the trip and safety measures to how and where to fossick. Comprehensive lists of gemstones areas of each state and what gemstones can be found there as well as a list of the gemstones and in which areas they can be found gives a useful cross reference. Maps are also provided with access roads to the gemstone areas, and larger scale maps indicate as nearly as possible the location of the deposit. Illustrated. An excellent gem hunting reference book. Near mint condition.. 22.00
  PROSPECTORS GUIDE TO GEMSTONES IN AUSTRALIA. S/C (N & R Perry) 1st Edition 1982. 112pp.  Good condition. SOLD
     
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  RICHES OF THE EARTH: Ornamental, Precious and Semiprecious Stones. H/C + D/W (Frank J. Anderson. Special photography by: George C. Roos) 1st Edition, 1981. 224pp. This book presents a vivid survey of the unique histories of the major precious and semiprecious stones. Beginning with prehistoric man's first tools and ending with laser beams and holographs. It also deals with religion, magic, superstitions with famous people and places, legends, discoveries, forgeries and thefts. All in all, a magnificent book. Excellent condition.  15.00
     
  ROCKHOUND WALKABOUT. S/C (Natalie Fernandez) Reprint, 1968. 134pp. This is an account of a New Zealand couple's five month trip rock-hounding experience roaming around Australia in a V W Kombi and off the beaten track to camp with characters of the Australian outback. The numerous adventures amongst the opals, sapphires, garnets, chrysoprase, agates and the crystals are vividly and humorously recounted with a strong Australian flavour. Good condition.  12.00
     
New  RUBIES AND SAPPHIRES.  S/C   (Fred Ward)  Revised Edition  1998. 64pp. This book covers the history and lore of both rubies and sapphires and its uses as jewels and artefacts. It also covers the manufacture of synthetic corundum and simulants. As usual the author has put together a special section on the buying and caring of these gems.  19.50
     
New   RUBIES AND SAPPHIRES.  S/C   (Fred Ward)  4th Edition  2003. 64pp. 

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New  RUBY, SAPPHIRE & EMERALD BUYING GUIDE.  S/C   (Renee Newman)  2nd Edition, Reprint, 2004. 164pp. This book provides in-depth information on Quality Evaluation, Fakes & Synthetics, Gem Cleaning and Care, Gem Treatments, Jewellers & Appraisers and much, much more. 150 colour plates. 18.00
     
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  SAPPHIRE FEVER: Stories of Inverell's Sapphire Boom Years 1960's - 1980's.  Large Format. (Pam Nay & Hilary Burt) 1st Edition 1993. This book provides an insight of this town in North-west New South Wales which is noted for its sapphire deposits and mining activities.   Flyleaf cut otherwise in good condition. Special. 5.00
     
  SAPPHIRE, GOLD AND SILVER MINES NEAR WITHERSFIELD. Large Format. Department of Mines, Report 1892. (Robert Logan Jack) 4pp plus Withersfield map. The report details the geology and sapphire deposits of the area which is west of Anakie, Queensland. This original report has been bound into attractive royal blue covers. Some tape marks but in reasonably good condition.  Special. 

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New   SCHILLER'S RICHEST FIND: JADE.       S/H  (Austin Stapleton)    1st Edition 1987. 63pp. This book is primarily about the late Harry Schiller, his work, lifestyle, interests and his compassion for his fellow man. He was a gemstone fossicker who travelled hundreds of kilometres on foot seeking gemstone and mineral deposits. His greatest find was found on his own property near Cowell on the Eyre Peninsula. He became well known for his expertise of the South Australian jade industry from its infancy and the trials and tribulations that attended the gemstone's discovery.

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New   SIMON & SCHUSTER'S GUIDE TO GEMS AND PRECIOUS STONES.  S/C  (Curzio Cipriani & Alessandro Borelli. Edited by: Kennie Lyman) 1986.  384pp. This is an easy-to-read book with more than 450 brilliant photographs accompany profiles of each gem, covering such aspects as appearance, physical properties such as density, hardness, refraction - occurrence, and how to judge quality and value. Additional sections describe the process of cutting gemstones and the techniques professional gemmologists use to evaluate a stone's weight and optical properties. This is a well detailed and comprehensive book which is essential for anyone interested in the study of gems and precious stones. Includes entries and full colour illustrations on all major gems and precious stones.  32.95
     
New    SINKANKAS' STANDARD CATALOG OF GEM VALUES. S/C (John Sinkankas) 1988. 286pp. This book provides a catalog of values for rough, faceted and cabochon gems. details on engraved, carvings and other miscellaneous gemstone objects is also included.

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  SOME SEMI-PRECIOUS AND ORNAMENTAL STONES OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA. S/C  (Various contributors. Department of Mines & Energy, Geological Survey of South Australia) 1980. 159pp.   This handbook is a selection of semi-precious and ornamental stones reports by geologists of the South Australian Department of Mines & Energy. Emphasis is placed upon geological and mining aspects of the deposits with the exception of Mount Fitton talc and Cowell jade, there is little discussion of the considerable work involved in the treatment and / or cutting and polishing of these minerals to produce saleable or artistic items.  Good condition.  17.50
     
  STANDARD CATALOG OF GEMS. S/C (John Sinkankas) 1st Edition 1968. 286pp. 

Please see below:        "Van Nostrand's Standard Catalogue of Gem Values."  

 
     
  STONE COLLECTING and LAPIDARY CUTTING. S/C (W.S. Moore) No date circa mid 1960's. 60pp. 

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  TAKE YOUR PICK TO AGATE CREEK.  S/C  (Hap Wheeley) 1st Edition 1976. 72pp. This now out of print and extremely rare book covers the author's travels within Queensland. Here, he visits the Central Queensland sapphire fields and then to Cheviot Hills for peridot, Agate Creek for agates plus other locations for topaz and garnet. A trip worth reading if you are going up that way.  Mint condition. 

  

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New  THE AMBER BOOK.   H/C  (A. Dahlstrom & L. Brost)   1995. 134pp. This is possibly one of the best books I've seen for a long time! It virtually covers everything you need know on this subject. This book explains how amber is formed, its geologic setting in the Baltics and elsewhere, practical advice on who to care for amber jewellery, how to use it for lapidary purposes, and how to detect fake amber. Includes 64 colour and 24 B/W photos. 32.50
     
New  THE ART AND MYSTIQUE OF SHELL CAMEOS: Identification and value Guide.   S/C   (Ed Aswad & Michael Weinstein)  1991. 183pp. This book, which I believe is out on its own shows the reader the different types of cameos made over time made from a variety of materials. Here, the authors show in great detail with many photographs that is sure to enhance your understanding of cameos.     18.00
     
  THE AUSTRALIAN GEMHUNTER'S GUIDE. H/C + Damaged D/W   (K. J. Buchester) 1st Edition 1965.  216pp.   This has always been a popular book that describes the various types of gemstones that are found in Australia. Also listed is a State by State listing of gem occurrences. Some notations.  Good condition.

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  THE AUSTRALIAN GEMHUNTER'S GUIDE. H/C  (K. J. Buchester) 1st Edition, 2nd Impression 1965.  216pp.    Good condition. 18.00
     
  THE AUSTRALIAN GEMHUNTER'S GUIDE. H/C  (K. J. Buchester) 1st Edition, 3rd Impression, Revised  1965.  216pp.  Good condition. SOLD
     
  THE AUSTRALIAN GEMHUNTER'S GUIDE. H/C   (K. J. Buchester) 1st Edition 1965,  5th Impression  1967. 216pp.   Some marked pages.  Good condition.   Special.  SOLD
     
New  THE CENTRAL QUEENSLAND SAPPHIRE EXPERIENCE. This is a poster type brochure of 8 (A4) pages double-sided which provides detailed information on the sapphire fossicking areas in these Central Queensland gemfields near Anakie, via Emerald. On the reverse side of this poster it gives a brief history, the recovery methods and the eventual result being fabulous jewellery items.  4.00
     
  THE DIAMOND MAGNATES. H/C + D/W in plastic cover. (B. Roberts) 1st Edition, 1972. 335pp. An early history and the people involved to the mining of diamonds in South Africa. Good condition. SOLD
     
  THE DIAMOND RING BUYING GUIDE: How to Spot Value & Avoid Ripoffs.   S/C  (Renee Newman)  4th Edition,1993. 151pp. This book offers a comprehensive yet easy to understand guide to the selection of diamond jewelry. It provides sound reading for the diamond buyer as to how to evaluate, identify and select diamonds and diamond jewelry. Mint condition. 12.00
     
  THE DIAMOND UNDERWORLD: Fred Kamil.  H/C + D/W  (Allen Lane)  1st Edition, 1979.  244pp. This is the story of "Flash Fred" Kamil by the world's press who for nearly 20 years was the most notorious figure in the shadowy underworld of illicit diamond smuggling. This book is in very good condition except that the Dust Wrapper has been damaged and now repaired. Special ! 8.00
     
New  THE EMERALD.  S/C    (Ivan A. Mumme)  1st Edition 1982. 135pp. This well presented book provides much information on the Emerald regions of the world with notes on the modes of formation and mining methods. The areas mentioned include: Egypt, Australia, Swiss-Italian Border zone, Colombia in South America, Brazil, Russia, Africa, India, West Pakistan, U.S.A., Norway, Bulgaria, New Zealand and of course Australia. Other chapters deal with the physical and optical properties, inclusions, natural and imitations, synthetic plus details on emerald cutting. All in all, an essential reference book for the gemmologist.  19.50
     
  THE FASCINATION OF DIAMONDS. H/C + D/W in plastic cover. (Victor Argenzio)  1st Edition, 2nd Printing, March 1966.  In this handsomely illustrated, non-technical book, a jeweller shares his knowledge of diamonds. He presents a practical guide plus describing their origin and history as well as explaining the secrets of evaluating the character of a diamond. Good condition.  17.50
     
  THE FASCINATION OF DIAMONDS. H/C + Damaged D/W  (Victor Argenzio)  Reprint, 1967. 101pp.. Good condition.  15.00
     
  THE GEM KINGDOM. H/C + D/W  (Paul E. Desautels) 1st Edition, 1971. 252pp. The riches of the Gem Kingdom are here revealed in sumptuous illustrations and a text that embraces both the science and romance of gems. Some tape marks on the front and rear cover & endpapers. Special. 8.00
     
  THE GEM KINGDOM. H/C + D/W  (Paul E. Desautels)  Reprint. No date. 252pp. Excellent condition.  19.50
     
  THE GEM KINGDOM. S/C (Paul E. Desautels)  Reprint. No date. 252pp.  Good condition.  8.00
   
  THE GEMMOLOGIST'S COMPENDIUM. H/C - marked + Damaged D/W (Robert Webster) 5th revised Edition 1970, Reprint 1975. 235pp. This is a completely revised edition that has been the "bible" of the gemmologist and the retail jeweller and indeed is essential to anyone with an interest in gemstones, amateur or professional. Written by this well-known gemmologist this book contains a large glossary and this is followed by a section, almost as large, of tables of essential information that cannot be found elsewhere in one volume. Good condition.  19.50
   
New   THE GOLD JEWELRY BUYING GUIDE. S/C  (Renee Newman) Reprint 1994. 172pp. This guide can help you in many ways from how to spot poor craftsmanship and imitation gold, detect fake and under-karated gold, much information on gold chains, mountings, multi-coloured gold, and coin jewellery. It also shows how to care for your gold jewellery. 

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New  THE HANDBOOK OF JADE.  S/C (Gerald I. Hemrich) 1966.  80pp. This ever-popular book gives the reader a valuable insight of this gemstone, its properties, occurrences, carving, cutting and polishing and as a jewellery item. This is a brand new book except it has a slightly scuffed cover. Special.  5.00
     
New  THE JEWELLER'S DIRECTORY OF GEMSTONES: A Complete Guide to Appraising and Using Precious Stones from Cut and Color to Shape and Settings.   S/C  (Judith Crowe) 1st Edition, 2006.  176pp. This book provides the insider knowledge needed to make accurate judgments of gemstones, to recognize gemstone quality, and to make a good buy rather than a bad one. The book includes sources and trading, traditional and modern settings, cutting and faceting, spotting synthetics and fakes among other vital information.      SOLD
     
  THE JEWELLERY BOOK. S/C (S. St. Maur & N. Streep) 1981 / Magnum P/Back. 198pp. This book provides information and all you need to know about jewellery. Many topics are covered here for example: Buying a wedding or Engagement ring; Are diamonds a better investment than sapphires; is it wise to buy antique jewellery and what to look out for. Good to fair condition.   Reading copy.  Special.  

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  THE LOST DIAMONDS OF KILLIECRANKIE.  H/C  (Gary Crew & Peter Gouldthorpe)   1st Edition 1995. 64pp. In 1969 Geoffrey Middleton, a young artist from Tasmania, stumbled upon one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the 19th century - the fate of the lost "diamonds" of Killiecrankie. Middleton kept his knowledge of the lost "diamonds" secret until, driven by guilt, he told his dark and dreadful story to the authors of this book. This story is set on Flinders Island in Bass Strait. Ex lib.  This book is very hard to find.  Good condition.  18.00
     
New  THE PEARL BUYING GUIDE.  S/C   (Renee Newman)   2nd Edition, Reprint 1995. 188pp. A concise overview of pearls: description and properties, varieties, colours, flaws, imitations, and what to look for when buying them. Know what the right questions: How to spot fake and lab-grown pearls and much more.  24.50
     
  THE PEARL KING: The story of the fabulous MIKIMOTO.  H/C + D/W in plastic cover. (Robert Eunson) 1st Edition, 1956. This is the fabulous story of Mikimoto of Japan, a former peddler of noodles and sea food who became one of Japan's richest and beloved men who discovered a way of producing the cultured pearl. which so resembled a natural pearl that only a special X-ray could detect the difference.  A most interesting book which every gemmologist should have the chance to read. Excellent condition except for some foxing inside the front and back cover. 25.00
     
  THE PEARL KING: The story of the fabulous MIKIMOTO.  H/C + Damaged D/W (Robert Eunson) 1st Edition, 1956. Good condition. except for some foxing inside the front and back cover. 12.00
     
  THE PEARL KING: The story of the fabulous MIKIMOTO.  H/C + Damaged D/W (Robert Eunson) 1st Edition, 1956. Good condition. except for some foxing inside the front and back cover. 8.00
     
  THE PEARL KING: The story of the fabulous MIKIMOTO.  H/C + D/W  (Robert Eunson) 1st Edition, 1956. Good condition except for a damaged spine.  Priced as a "reading copy"  Special.  2.00
     
  THE PEARL SEEKERS. H/C   (N. Bartlett) 1st Edition, 1954.  312pp.  An account of the growth and development of the pearling trade around the north coast of Australia from Broome (Western Australia) to Thursday Island, Queensland, Australia. Good condition except for a marked cover.  16.00
     
  THE PEBBLES ON THE BEACH.    Paperback (Clarence Ellis) Reprint, 1969./ 1971 163pp. This interesting U.K. publication describes the various rocks that can be found in England and Wales. It also describes those which can be used for polishing. Good condition.  5.00
     
New  THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO BUYING DIAMONDS.   S/C  (Jay Feder) 1986 113pp. Whether you're planning to buy your first diamond or fiftieth, this illustrated guide gives you the background you need to buy with the confidence that you are getting your money's worth. The book describes the facts behind the four (4) C's of diamond buying: Carat, Cut, Color, Clarity, and develops two (2) additional C's that shouldn't be overlooked: Cost and Common Sense. Learn the terms of the trade. 15.00
     
  THE QUEENSLAND FOSSICKING GUIDE. Booklet - A4 size. (Department of Mines & Energy, Queensland. Pictorial Press. 2001. 40pp. This guide has been produced for people interested in fossicking as a recreational activity, regardless of their level of experience or knowledge as well as providing a colourful introduction to Queensland's gems and minerals, places to see and explore, as well as the information you will need to get there. It also outlines the regulations and requirements, the do's and don'ts and safety aspects. Mint condition. .

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  THE RETAIL JEWELLER'S HANDBOOK AND MERCHANDISE MANUAL FOR SALES PERSONNEL. H/C + Damaged D/W  (A. Selwyn. Revised by: J. J. Adler & G. F. Andrews) 7th Edition, Revised 1962. 381pp. This revised edition was brought up-to-date from the original edition with some text and many of the illustrations been omitted or replaced by photographs of modern jewellery. This was the "bible" amongst the jewellery trade. Good condition. Special.   10.00
     
New  THE RUBY & SAPPHIRE BUYING GUIDE: How to Spot Value & Avoid Rip-offs.   S/C  (Renee Newman)  2nd Edition  Reprint 1996. 203pp. This easy-to-read book gives clear, step-by-step pointers on how to buy the best stone for the money as well as offering many detailed guidelines and magnificent colour photographs on judging ruby and sapphire quality.  24.50
     
  THE SAPPHIRE FIELDS 1879 - 1979.  Oblong Booklet.  (D. B. Monteagle) 1st Edition 1979.. 56pp. This could be called a local history book as it provides an historical account of the Central Queensland Sapphire fields of Anakie and Sapphire. Many well known names and events are brought to life in this interesting booklet.  Good condition. 15.00
     
  THE SAPPHIRE FIELDS OF ANAKIE. Large Format. Department of Mines, Report 1902. (Benjamin Dunstan) 29pp. with 2 coloured large maps and colour + black & white plates and illustrations. This report details the geology and sapphire deposits of the area which is west of Anakie, Queensland. This original report has been bound into attractive royal blue covers. Some tape marks but in good to reasonable condition.  Very scarce and collectable. Special. 

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  THE SAPPHIRE FIELDS STORY.  Oblong Booklet.  (D. B. Monteagle)  3 rd Revised Edition 1986.. 56pp. Near new condition.    19.50
     
  THE STORY OF NEW ZEALAND JADE: Commonly known as Greenstone. H/C + Damaged D/W (G. L. Pearce) 1st Edition, 1971. This is an interesting history of this well known New Zealand gemstone and folklore from the time of its first discovery by the Maori to the present day, when the working of it is a growing industry giving scope for skilled craftsmen to create beautiful things. The illustrations, both drawings and photographs, show the range of ornaments and implements from the earliest times, with some interesting examples of contemporary New Zealand work. Also included are maps, locality illustrations, and appendices on the geological, historical, and chemical facts about Greenstone. Ex lib. Good condition.   12.00
     
  THE STORY OF WHITBY JET. Booklet (Hugh P. Kendall) 2nd Publication 1977. Reprinted 1983. 27pp. This booklet provides information on the jet jewellery trade and its workers from earliest times in Whitby, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom.  

Also included is another 33 page booklet titled WHITBY JET by P. G. Hill. 

Both books in very good condition. 

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New  TURQUOISE: The Gem of Centuries.   S/C  (Oscar T. Branson)  1st Edition, 3rd Printing 1976. 62pp. This book shows both rough and polished turquoise from 37 different mines in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado as well as Persia, China, Mexico, Tibet and Australia which are all illustrated in full colour   15.00
     
New  TURQUOISE UNEARTHED:   An Illustrated Guide.    S/C (Joe Dan. & Joe P. Lowry)  2002. 74pp. This book showcases exquisite examples of rough and polished natural turquoise from more than twenty 'classic' mines. This book is appealing to rock-hounds and serious collectors alike, Turquoise Unearthed is a definitive, contemporary visual guide - here, too, are spectacular works by modern jewellers, along with fascinating ancient and historic Native American turquoise jewellery and ceremonial objects. 18.00
     
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  VAN NOSTRAND'S STANDARD CATALOG OF GEMS. S/C (John Sinkankas) 1968. 286pp. This book provides a catalog of values for rough, faceted and cabochon gems. details on engraved, carvings and other miscellaneous gemstone objects is also included. Good condition.  17.50
     
  VAN NOSTRAND'S STANDARD CATALOG OF GEMS. S/C (John Sinkankas) 1968. 286pp. Slightly damaged spine and 3 loose pages.    Special. 6.00
     
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New  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GOLD AND SILVER.   S/C   (Oscar T. Branson)   1980   4th Printing. 54pp. This book explains how to recognize gold and silver and their alloys, how to make simple tests to identify them and how to determine their quality and value. Special.  9.50
     
  WHERE TO FIND QUEENSLAND GEMSTONES. S/C  (Douglas M. Stone) 1st Edition 1975. 120pp. This is an excellent book for those looking for gemstones in Queensland. The author has divided the book into various sections: geological, Identification and description of gemstones, equipment required, and detailed Gemfield Location maps.  Very scarce. Good condition. 40.00
     
  WORLD OF GEMS: A complete story with 750 stone illustrations in brilliant colour. S/C (Dr. A. Ayoob) 1st Edition 1991. 352pp. This "new-style" book introduces gems to the "public" in non-scientific language where it is possible to understand the interesting information that the author has written. Near new condition. 

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New  WORLD OF GEMSTONES.    H/C (R. Duda & L. Rejl) 1996. 191pp. Here in 260 vivid photographs are over 80 species and varieties of gemstones from across the world -in their natural shapes, cut and mounted in jewelry. included are not only the classic gemstones and precious metals, but also many recently discovered stones, others made by living things - pearls, amber and coral - and even some common rocks, whose uniqueness stands out only after they have been cut and polished. Read about their origin and properties, their history, astrology, and legendary healing powers - and you might find a gemstone that could change your life!  25.00
     
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  A CHECK LIST OF CABOCHON GEM MATERIALS AND THEIR LAPIDARY FEATURES. Hard Cover - rebound from Soft Cover. (J. Lester Cunningham)  1st Edition 1963. 40pp.  This book provides much information on gem cutting. The main chapters titled include: Cabochon Gem materials; Source and Predominating colors; Cutting & Polishing characteristics; How to use the check list and finally, A check-list of Cabochon gem materials and their lapidary features. Ex lib. Good condition. 

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New    A GEM CUTTER'S HANDBOOK:  CABOCHON CUTTING.     S/C (Jack R. Cox)  1986.   64pp.  

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New   A GEM CUTTER'S HANDBOOK:   ADVANCED CABOCHON CUTTING     S/C (Jack R. Cox)  1986.   64pp.  Learn how to master special shaped cabochon cutting, assembled stones, star stones, and cat's eyes. Special sections on opal and jade.   8.00
   
 

 

A GEM CUTTER'S HANDBOOK: Specialized Gem Cutting. S/C (Jack R. Cox) 1970. 64pp. This informative book covers such subjects as: slabbing, finishing flat surfaces, drilling gemstones, gemstone spheres, tumbling gemstones and cabochon cutting. Many illustrations. Good condition.    Special. 5.00
   
New   A SILVERSMITH'S MANUAL.  H/C + D/W  (Bernard Cuzner. Additional chapter by: Anthony Elson)  Reprinted with additions 1979. 212pp. This book explains the basic processes that are used by all workers in silver, from the individual artist craftsmen to trade employees in a factory. Though no exhaustive account of machine and mass production methods is attempted, the principles underlying them are clearly presented.    27.50 
   
New   ADVANCED BEADWORK.   S/C Large Format  (Ruth F. Poris)   3rd Printing 1991.  148pp. This popular clearly written book provides full detailed information of all major beading techniques, including metal work  and soldering. With more than 300 illustrations and photographs, this is most important for anyone interested in beadwork.   18.00
   
New    ALL ABOUT GEMCUTTING: The Lapidary Handbook.  S/C (Frank Barnett) 1st Edition, 1987. 126pp.  Very good condition but with a scuffed cover. S/C (Frank Barnett) 1st Edition, 1987. 126pp. This Australian produced book is a comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide to the art of cutting and polishing precious and semi-precious gemstones. Other topics include Opal cutting, tumbling, drilling, flat lapping, how to make spheres, beads and eggs, and working with unusual hard-to-cut gemstones. All in all this book is an indispensable guide for every gem-cutter from the beginners stage right through to first-class competition cutting.

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  ALL ABOUT GEMCUTTING: The Lapidary Handbook.  S/C (Frank Barnett) 1st Edition, 1987. 126pp.  Very good condition but with a scuffed cover. 15.00
   
New    ARTISTRY IN CABOCHONS.  S/C  (Robert W. Ferguson)   1976.   64pp.  This book shows how to cut a wide variety of unusual shapes such as animals, holiday motifs, geometric forms, a tree picture and many other unique designs that can be cut on standard gem-cutting equipment.   5.00
     
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New    BEADS: The Art of Stringing.   S/C   (Genie Ragan)  1986   58pp.  This book provides a simplified, step-by-step guide with many different knotted designs. .Included are 38 black & white illustrations.  6.00
     
New    BEAUTIFUL BEADS:   How to create beautiful original gifts and jewellery for every occasion.   S/C - Large Format  (Alexandra Kidd)  Reprint, 2006. 128pp. This well illustrated book gives explicit instructions for bead making, stringing, loom and weaving, and embroidery with beads. Magnificent.  24.95
     
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New    CABOCHON CUTTING.   S/C  (Jack R. Cox)  1986   64pp.  Illustrations, photos, and detailed instructions show how to cut a cabochon. Everything to start a craftsperson on the way to expert gem cutting. Answers all the questions from using a Slab or Trim Diamond Saw, Preparing stones for shaping, dopping, smoothing and polishing to setting stones.

    

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New    COMPLETE METALSMITH: Student Edition.   Spiral Bound with hard-board cover. (Tim McCreight) 2004.  154pp. This excellent compact book covers the basic information for metal-smithing which include: Metals; Tools; Surfaces; Shaping; Joining; Casting: Stones & Mechanisms plus an appendix covering many valuable tips. This condensed version of the 2004 edition is also designed as a primer for entry-level /student metal-smiths or their teachers.    18.00
     
New    COMPLETE METALSMITH: Pro Plus Edition.   Spiral Bound with hard-board cover. (Tim McCreight) 2004  312pp. This newly revised and reformatted version of the original 'Complete Metal-smith' is almost three times larger and includes added material, colour page design and a new cloth / hard cover. As with the original edition, particular care is paid to the thoroughness of its content and ease-of-use. This Pro Plus Edition with an added CD ROM Disc that also contains the full text of the book as a printable PDF, instructional video clips, and electronic versions of the author's two other books: 'Practical Jewelry Rendering' and 'Design Language'.  45.00
     
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New   CREATING WITH SOAPSTONE:  Simple Techniques, Beautiful Projects. S/C (K. Haberstich)  1997. 96pp. This excellent book is translated from the German language which deals in all the facets in soapstone carving. From how to choose a piece of stone and the basic tools required. How to carve with step-by-step instructions with photos and practical projects which you can do.  19.50
     
  CUTTING & SETTING STONES.  H/C + D/W (Herbert Scarfe) 1st Edition, 1972. 95pp. The author sets out in his book the various techniques in cutting and polishing cabochons as well as details on facetting stones and the equipment used. Good condition.  12.00
   
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New   FACET CUTTER'S HANDBOOK.    S/C  (Edward J. Soukup)  1986.   64pp.  This book contains everything the reader needs to know in order to facet gemstones expertly. Includes 22 beautiful cuts. 8.00
     
New   FETISHES AND CARVINGS OF THE SOUTH WEST.   (U.S.A.)   S/C  - Cover rebound.   (Oscar T. Branson)  1976. 3rd Printing. 64pp. This most informative book provides much detail on fetishes which have been around for nearly 1000 years. Fetishes is an object in the form of a living thing made of any material, usually attractive, but sometimes quite unattractive. many of the world's, most intelligent and successful people carry a favourite talisman with them at all times and are genuinely frightened if it is lost or misplaced.    15.00
     
New   FLEA MARKET JEWELRY:  New style from old treasures  S/C. (Binky Morgan)   2003. 128pp.This book provides ideas in giving 'new life' to vintage jewelry, both as fabulous redesigned pieces to wear and as spectacular embellishments for home accents. Many ideas!  This is an ideal book for the craft and market stall owner showing items that would not be available from any other stall holder.  18.00
     
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  GEM CUTTER'S GUIDE. S/C (Ronald J. Balej) 1963.  43pp. This is a guide to cutting and polishing gemstones and contains information on the physical properties of gemstones; types of gem cuts; the 4 steps - sawing, grinding, sanding & polishing; mounting stones; lapping, faceting and sphere making and finally several useful tables. Good condition except for a scuffed cover. Special.  5.00
     
  GEMCRAFT: How to Cut and Polish Gemstones.  H/C (Lelande Quick & Hugh Leiper) 1st Edition, 8th Printing, November 1971. 189pp.  This book mainly deals with the cutting and polishing of cabochons as well as facetting. Black & white illustrations and photographs. Good condition.  9.50
     
  GEM CUTTING. H/C (J. Daniel Willems) 1st Edition, 1948. 224pp. This early book on gem cutting mainly relates to faceting techniques at that time and many of them are still used today. All in all this book contains a lot of.very useful information. Good condition.  15.00
     
  GEMCUTTING:  A Lapidary Handbook.   S/C  (Edward Smith & April Schromm)   1st Edition 1980. 184pp. This book features nearly 200 illustrations demonstrating successful gem-cutting, containing easy-to-follow directions for everything - from grinding, sanding and polishing agate or jasper to setting precious stones. Includes creating heart-shaped pendants, faceting stones to increase brilliance and removing old stones plus re-setting jewellery with hand-crafted gems. Also included are instructions for cutting square, dome, and rectangular stones as well as tips on drilling and sanding plus polishing your own designs. If you value precious stones, you will value this easy-to-use book. Near mint condition.  9.50
     
  GEM CUTTING AS A HOBBY IN AUSTRALIA. S/C (Jack S. Taylor) Circa 1960 (?) 24pp. This small booklet (now hard to find) was possibly one of the first books that was ever published on gem cutting in Australia. The basic techniques still apply today. For the nostalgia file.  Special.  3.00
     
  GEM CUTTING SHOP HELPS. S/C (Hugh Leiper & Pansy D. Kraus)  2nd Printing, 1964.  230pp. This is a 'How-to-do-it Handbook'. These are the best selected related articles from  17 years of The Lapidary Journal, U.S.A. Good condition. 7.50
     
  GEM CUTTING SHOP HELPS. S/C (Hugh Leiper & Pansy D. Kraus)  3rd Printing, 1965.  230pp. Good condition.  7.50
     
  GEM CUTTING SHOP HELPS. S/C (Hugh Leiper & Pansy D. Kraus)  6th Printing, 1969.  230pp. Good condition.  7.50
     
New    GEM TUMBLING AND BAROQUE JEWELRY MAKING: A Guide for Amateur Tumblers - By The Victors..  S/C  (Arthur Earl Victor & Lila Mae Victor)   25th Edition 1984. 58pp.   For many years this book has been an excellent guide for the rock-hounds whom plan to tumble polish their own stones. Features step-by-step practical advice and includes instructions on building your own tumbler.  7.50
     
  GEMSTONES TO JEWELLERY.   H/C + Damaged D/W  (Edited by: Bill James) 1st Edition,  1967. 184pp. In this book, Bill James brings together the knowledge of 3 well known Australian lapidary teachers who explain in their own way the specialties they perform in the art of lapidary. The book provides the step-by-step instructions as to how to transform rough gem material to objects of beauty and value. Ex lib.  Good condition.  12.00
     
  GEMSTONES TO JEWELLERY.   H/C + D/W in plastic cover.  (Edited by: Bill James) 2nd Edition,  1967. 184pp. Good condition.  18.00 
     
  GEMSTONES TO JEWELLERY.   H/C  (Edited by: Bill James) 2nd Edition,  1967. 184pp.  Good condition.  17.50 
     
New   GOLDSMITHING & SILVER WORK: Jewelry, Vessels & Ornaments.  H/C + D/W  (Carles Codina)  2003.  160pp.   English translation from the Spanish. This book takes your gold-smithing and silver work to the next level using time-honoured techniques in innovative new ways. This authorative resource helps you find creative new possibilities using advanced techniques. This well-written book is filled with hundreds of coloured photographs.  Special.  30.00
     
  GOLDSMITHS AND SILVERSMITHS OF ENGLAND. H/C + D/W (Christopher Lever) 1st Edition, 1975. 256pp. This book gives detailed accounts of the lives of the craftsmen over the years, as well as of the most important works that bear their marks. Includes 32 pages of plates, including many portraits of the goldsmiths themselves, and by nearly 50 reproductions of the marks by which they are identified. Ex lib. 17.50
     
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  HANDBOOK OF GEMSTONE CARVING: A complete guide to the materials, equipment and techniques for carving gemstones.  S/C (Ed & Leola Wertz) 1968. 47pp. This is a complete guide with step-by-step instructions for carving stone flat work, in the round and portraits. Includes equipment and the tools needed. This is a new book but with scuffed covers which happened in transit.   Special price.

 

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New    HANDBOOK OF LOST WAX AND INVESTMENT CASTING.  S/C   (James E. Sopcak)  1986. 64pp.  This book provides much information on how to use and construct equipment to develop patterns, castings, and moulds for jewellery and small metal parts. Illustrated with photographs.  6.00
     
New    HOW TO CREATE WITH HORSESHOE NAILS.    S/C   (Warren J. Link)  22pp.  Instructions for making horseshoe nail jewelry, picture frames, napkin holders, display stands and sculptures. Covers tools and supplies needed.   4.00
     
  HOW TO CREATE WITH HORSESHOE NAILS.    S/C - Booklet   (Warren J. Link)  1977. 22pp.   New copy but with scuffed cover. 3.00 
     
New    HOW TO DESIGN JEWELRY.      S/C - Booklet  (Richard D. Austin & Iva L. Geisinger)   reprint 1987.  31pp. This booklet is full of creative ideas for the jewelry maker. The questions to design problems are answered here, and much information is given to help you fashion unique jewelry pieces. Basics of jewelry design. Illustrated. 6.00
     
New    HOW TO MAKE WIRE JEWELRY.   S/C - Booklet   (Fern Jenkins & Viola Thrasher)   1979. 32pp. Step-by-step instructions and illustrations show how to use inexpensive tools and supplies to make pins, pendants, chains, rings, bracelets, earrings, stickpins and novelties.  6.00
     
New    HOW TO REPAIR JEWELRY.    S/C - Booklet  (William "Mike" Phelps)  Reprint 1987. 30pp.  Detailed step-by-step instructions by a professional jewelry repairman show how to fix broken chains, replace lost parts, rebuild broken prongs, remove and reset gemstones, size rings and more. Also explains how to remodel old pieces.  Illustrated. 6.00
     
  HOW TO PRESERVE ANIMAL AND OTHER SPECIMENS IN CLEAR PLASTIC. Booklet (Cleo E. Harden. Illustrated by: David G. Harden. Edited by: Vinson Brown) 1963. 64pp. All the information you need to know about this fascinating hobby. Easy methods to immortalize creatures and other specimens including minerals and gemstones in beauty and perfection.  Good condition.  8.00 
     
New    HOW TO TUMBLE POLISH GEMSTONES.  S/C - Booklet (Jerome Wexler)  Reprint - 1987.  32pp. How to turn pebbles and rough stones into sparkling jewels. Guide to tumbling equipment. Illustrated in colour and black & white photographs.

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New    HOW TO USE DIAMOND ABRASIVES.   S/C - Booklet (Arthur L. Riggle)  Reprint 1987. 30pp. How to cut cabochons and small flats using diamond abrasives. Subjects include trim sawing, slab sawing, grinding, dopping, smoothing, polishing and equipment. Illustrated in colour.

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New    INDIAN JEWELRY MAKING - Volume 1.  Spiral Bound. (Oscar T. Branson)   1977 4th Printing. 64pp. A beautiful all colour presentation of traditional silver-smithing methods. Detailed instructions include techniques, tools and designs. 17.50
     
New    INDIAN JEWELRY MAKING - Volume 2.  Spiral Bound  (Oscar T. Branson)  1979.  64pp. This is a continuation of Volume 1 which again presents beautiful all colour photographs and illustrations of traditional silver-smithing methods. Detailed instructions include techniques, tools and designs. 17.50
     
New    INDIAN JEWELRY MAKING - Volumes 1 and 2.  Spiral Bound  (Oscar T. Branson)  1979.  64pp.  

SPECIAL: If you would like to purchase both volumes the special price is only $30.00.

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New    INTRODUCTION TO LAPIDARY.    S/C   (Patsy C. Kraus) 1987. 196pp. The author describes the processes, tools and equipment of each of this fascinating hobby, helping the reader choose a technique, get started the right way, and determine which tools will work best to achieve specific results. She also describes the rewards of tumbling rocks, making cabochons, carving gem materials, lapping, cutting spheres, making beads, and faceting. One of most popular books as an introduction of lapidary.  SOLD
     
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New     JET JEWELLERY AND ORNAMENTS.   S/C - Booklet  (Helen Muller)  Reprint 1991. 32pp. This book chronicles the history of jet in Great Britain and Europe from the Bronze Age to the present day. It discusses the geology and origin of jet and describes its chemical and physical properties. The author also provides a history of jet found in Whitby, North Yorkshire, U.K. and the jet "gem" industry during the 19th century when it produced much jewellery and many ornaments at that time. The illustrations include unique photographs of craftsmen at work. An important section is devoted to imitations and identification will be of great interest to and value to collectors and antique dealers. Finally the work of the modern jet carvers is also described.  11.50
     
  JET JEWELLERY AND ORNAMENTS.   S/C - Booklet  (Helen Muller)  Reprint 1991. 32pp. This is a brand new copy but with a scuffed cover which occurred in transit.   Special  8.00 
     
New    JEWELLERY MANUFACTURE AND REPAIR.  H/C + D/W  (Charles Jarvis)  Reprint 1981. 212pp. This important book begins by describing the basics: How to organise your workshop, what tools and equipment is needed and the different types of metals that will be encountered. Next, there is a chapter on the basic techniques of metal working. The author then describes to the reader how to make specific items such as rings, bezels, brooches, earrings, necklaces and bracelets.  Finally, the book describes the allied techniques of polishing, setting and finishing together with additional information covering repairs such as ring resizing and claw repairing. Illustrated with over 280 line drawings. An essential book for the jeweller.  30.00
     
  JEWELRY and SCULPTURE THROUGH UNIT CONSTRUCTION. H/C + Damaged D/W (Patricia Meyerowitz) 1967. 96pp.  Unit construction is an exciting approach to making jewelry and sculpture. Its basis is any metal unit, repeated to build up compound units or designs which can then be resolved into an earring or a pendant, or form part of a necklace or sculpture. Everything you wanted to know about this activity. Ex lib. Good condition except for some tape marks inside the front and back cover. Special.  6.00 
     
New    JEWELRY: Fundamentals and Metalsmithing.     H/C + D/W  (Tim McCreight)  1997. 143pp. This book covers such subjects as: Cutting & Bending, Pattern, Texture& Contour, Fusing & Soldering, Cold Connections, Finishing & Patinas, Stone Setting, Mechanisms & Chains, Casting. Lavishly illustrated with demonstration photos.  37.50
     
New    JEWELRY CRAFT MADE EASY.    S/C (Bernada French)  1986.  65pp. For the hobbyist and professional who prefer purchasing already finished gemstones, mountings, and findings for assembling interesting jewelry. Detailed instructions and profuse illustrations cover a wide variety of jewelry.  6.00
     
New    JEWELRY CRAFT MADE EASY.   S/C  (Bernada French) 1986 Revised Edition. 65pp.

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New    JEWELRY MAKER'S HANDBOOK.   S/C  (Iva L. Geisinger)   1986.  72pp. Covers everything from basic tools to heating, soldering, and decorative techniques. Step-by-step techniques allow the reader to follow along and create the projects in the book, then begin designing and fabricating originals. Illustrated.  8.00
     
New    JEWELRY MAKING FOR BEGINNERS: The Scroll Wire Method.   S/C  (Edward J. Soukup)  Reprint 1973.  48pp.  Easy-to-learn method for fabricating soldered jewelry pieces by using the "Scroll Wire Method" . All steps are clearly shown with photos and detailed text.  Illustrated.  8.00
     
New    JEWELRY MAKING:  FOR SCHOOLS, TRADESMEN, CRAFTSMEN.  S/C  (Murray Bovin. Revised by: Peter M. Bovin)  Enlarged & Revised  1979. Reprint 1992. 288pp. This important and educational book provides much information on jewelry making. Chapters include: Fundamental jewelry processes; Decorative processes; Casting; Stones & settings; Jewelry objects and their construction. A most impressive and essential book for anyone making jewellery. 

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  LAPIDARY AS A HOBBY. S/C - Booklet (R.R. Bryan / New Guinea Jewellery, Port Moresby) No date. 22pp. This small booklet is a guide to the beginner describing the art of tumble polishing gemstones. A type-written booklet … the first I've ever seen from New Guinea. Special. SOLD
     
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New    METALS TECHNIC: A Collection of Techniques for Metalsmiths.  S/C  (Various authors. Edited by: Tim McCreight)  1992.  152pp.  This book is a collection of subjects by various authors who are experts in this specialized field of metal-smithing. A lot of great information here.  - not to be missed by anyone involved in this specialized field.  25.00
     
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New    OPAL:  ADVANCED CUTTING & SETTING.  S/C  (Paul B. Downing)  1st Edition 1999. 144pp.  Master opal cutting and design information applicable to any cabochon material. In this sequel to 'Opal Cutting Made Easy' , Learn all the techniques regularly offered in other books plus new hints, information and ideas not previously in print.   25.00
     
OPAL and HOW TO WORK IT. S/C  (Frank Barnett)  Reprint 1986 / 1989  60pp. This book written by a well-known Brisbane Gemcutter / Lapidarist provides a lot of helpful information pertaining to the cutting and carving of opal. Included is the history of opal, the opal fields, mining methods, cutting equipment and much more. All is covered in this fantastic book. Good condition. 

  

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New    OPAL CUTTING MADE EASY.    S/C  (Paul B. Downing)  Revised and expanded, May 1997. 100pp.  This book contains a proven step-by-step approach to cutting opal. Easy-to-use guide that takes the beginner through the first stone to advanced cutting techniques, including doublet and triplet making.  An essential book for the beginner or advanced opal cutter. 

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New    PEARL AND BEAD STRINGING WITH HENRIETTA.    S/C  (Henrietta Virchick)   1989. 88pp. Create jewelry for a fraction of the cost. Learn to restring your own pearls and beads. Step-by-step instructions. Illustrated, colour photos. An essential book for all "bead stringers" 16.00
     
  PLASTICRAFTS.  H/C (Francois Cherrier)  1973. 93pp. This book provides the reader information on modelling with clay, plaster and synthetic materials as well as embedding insects, coins etc. in resin. It also includes the use of Polyester resin, Paraffin wax, Soap film and Plastic film.  Good condition except for some small tape marks inside the front and back cover.  Special.  7.00
     
New    PRACTICAL CASTING: A Studio Reference.   Spiral Bound. (Tim McCreight)  1st Edition 1986. 122pp. This book explains the many aspects of small-scale casting with clarity and comprehension. Beginners will enjoy the concise descriptions and hundreds of drawings. Advanced craftspeople will find tables and tricks of the trade that make their work faster and better. Early chapters describe the lost wax method from model-making to investing and burnout to the casting itself. Later chapters teach sand casting, cuttlefish and charcoal casting, and the use of rubber moulds. A separate chapter is devoted to bronze casting and includes information on making a hollow wax method, designing grating systems and methods of building a burnout furnace.  SOLD
     
  PRACTICAL GEMCUTTING: An Australian guide to shaping and polishing gemstones.   S/C   (Nance and Ron Perry)   1st Edition 1980. 95pp. These two well-known Queensland gemmologists and lapidarists use straight-forward language to take you through the basic tools, equipment and techniques of gemcutting to the advanced treatment and processing of stones with details on machinery including tumbling machines. All aspects of cutting and polishing are explained with special mention on faceting, beadmaking and gemstone carving. 

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New    PRACTICAL GEMCUTTING: An Australian guide to shaping and polishing gemstones.   S/C but converted into a Hard cover.   (Nance and Ron Perry)   1st Edition 1980. 95pp. Ex lib.  A cheap reading / reference / workshop copy. Good condition.  7.50
     
New    PRACTICAL JOINING: A Bench Reference for Jewelers. H/C - Spiral Bound. (Tim McCreight) 2006.  102pp. This book by the well-known author in this field ... comes another helpful tool for the jewellery craftsperson covering a wide range of joining techniques, with up-to-date research for artists working with metal on a small scale. Traditional techniques like rivets and brazing are covered here, as are modern adhesives and laser welding. Fully indexed and illustrated.  

 

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  ROCK and STONE CRAFT.   S/C (Elyse Sommer) 1973. 96pp. This book deals with the painting of rocks, sculpture, mosaics, jewellery etc. In essence: Creating Art and Functional Objects from Natural Materials. Illustrated with 184 photographs and 24 colour plates. Special. 3.00
     
New    ROCK SCULPTURE: The Joy of Stone Carving for Beginners.    S/C  (Violet Stage) 1988, 4th Printing 2002.  46pp. The author has put together this book to provide the reader and anyone who would like to commence carving as a hobby. Here, she discusses the various types of material that can be carved and how to do it.  8.00
     
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  SILVER COLLECTING FOR AMATEURS. H/C + D/W (James Henderson) 1st Edition, 1965. 144pp. The author, also as a collector illustrates what to look for when buying silverware and what to avoid when assessing values. He also includes advice on the care and cleaning of silverware as well as an illustrated sections depicting hallmarks. Ex lib. Good condition.  8.00
     
New    SILVERSMITHING AND ART METAL:  FOR SCHOOLS, TRADESMEN, CRAFTSMEN.  S/C   (Murray Bovin)  1st Edition, 1963. 151pp.  The purpose of this book is to explain with the aid of pictures and diagrams contemporary methods of hand forming silver, copper, and related metals into useful and decorative objects. The information and techniques have been gathered, tried and developed through many years of actual work as a craftsman. All of the techniques have been tested and the method of presentation has been perfected through years of teaching in high and trade schools, colleges and adult centres. Everyone can gain further knowledge by reading and applying the techniques in this most useful book.  25.00
     
  SILVERSMITHING AND ART METAL:  FOR SCHOOLS, TRADESMEN, CRAFTSMEN.  S/C   (Murray Bovin)  1st Edition, 1963. 151pp.  Repaired cover. A good reference / workshop copy. Special. 9.50
     
New    STEP-BY-STEP BEAD STRINGING.    S/C  (Ruth F. Poris)  1984. Reprint 1992. 46pp. A beginners approach to bead stringing. Easy-to-follow guide which includes instructions and illustrations.  8.00
     
  STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO JEWELRY MAKING.  H/C + Damaged D/W (Avril Rodway) 1st Edition, 1973. 79pp. This book contains eight chapters, each one being devoted to a separate topic. These include: Gemstone jewelry, Orange Peel jewelry, Shell jewelry, Jewelry from plastic settings, 'Gipsy' Jewelry from natural materials, Enamel jewelry and Jewelry from pasta and pulses. Ex lib in good condition. Special. 6.00
     
  STONE COLLECTING and LAPIDARY CUTTING. S/C (W.(Bill) S. Moore) No date circa mid 1960's. 60pp. This was one of only a few books published at that time that dealt with gem cutting for Australian conditions. Also included are details on gemstone locations within Queensland and Northern New South Wales. This book is now scarce and sought after by collectors. Good condition.  15.00
     
  STONE COLLECTING and LAPIDARY CUTTING. S/C (W.(Bill) S. Moore) No date circa mid 1960's. 60pp.  Good condition except for a marked cover. Special. 

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New    THE ART OF GEM CUTTING.     S/C   (Dake)   96pp.  Teaches how to buy rough stones, cut the gems, choose the right equipment, and how to properly use the equipment. A popular guide that gets the reader started on the right path and builds an interest in many phases of the hobby of gem cutting.  8.00
     
  THE ART OF THE LAPIDARY. H/C (Francis J. Sperisen)  1st Edition 1961. 390pp. This is a book that should please the lapidarist as it covers many subjects which is related to this hobby. The chapters include: Description of gems and precious stones; Physical characteristics of gems; Classification of gems; Tools and equipment; Sawing, specimen grinding and polishing; Cabochon cutting and polishing; Faceted stones; Drilling holes in stones; Engraving, carving and sculpturing; Mosaic, Intarsia, Inlay and Parquetry; Diamond polishing plus many reference lists and tables. and a vocabulary and Glossary.  Scarce. Good condition. 

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  THE AUSTRALIAN AMATEUR LAPIDARY: An introduction to gem-cutting.  H/C + D/W (K. J. Buchester) 1st Edition, 1967. 211pp. A tremendous 'down to earth' book that deals in the art of Lapidary in Australia. Includes a lot of information about gem-cutting techniques. A very popular book. Good condition.

 

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  THE AUSTRALIAN AMATEUR LAPIDARY: An introduction to gem-cutting.  H/C  (K. J. Buchester) 1st Edition, 1967. 211pp.  Good condition.  18.00
     
  THE AUSTRALIAN AMATEUR LAPIDARY.  S/C - Paperback (K. J. Buchester) 1st Edition 1967 - Reprinted in paperback, 1970.   211pp.  Good condition. 7.00 
     
  THE AUSTRALIAN AMATEUR LAPIDARY.  S/C - Paperback (K.J. Buchester) 1st Edition 1967 - Reprinted in paperback, 1970.   211pp.  Name blanked out in black texta-pen otherwise the book is in good condition. Priced as a reading / reference / workshop copy.  5.00
     
New    THE BASICS OF BEAD STRINGING.   S/C   (Edited by: Mel Anderson) 1985. Reprinted 1991. 48pp. A straight-forward, easy to understand instruction manual that shows in words and pictures the basic steps and techniques of stringing beads and pearls. Design your own necklaces by combining just the right colours, sizes, shapes and types of beads to suit your personal taste or fashion requirements. Solve the age old problem of repairing and restringing your broken strand of pearls or beads. Learn how to select the correct tools and supplies for the job and the proper way to use them. String beads for your own pleasure and use, for memorable gifts, or as an exciting and profitable business. 

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  THE COMPLETE METALSMITH.   Spiral Bound. (Tim McCreight)    Revised Edition, 1991. 199pp. This classic title is an indispensable resource, now revised and expanded, gives fuller coverage to familiar techniques and adds many new procedures to its already encyclopaedic breadth. The straight-forward text and instructions, clear drawings bring even complex techniques within everyone's reach. Extensive charts and tables, supplemented and updated in this edition, offer valuable information and resources.    22.50
     
  THE GLORY OF GOLD: A Contemporary Approach to Guilding.  H/C + D/W (Sue Trytell)   1995      80pp.  A guide to the use of real gold & silver leaf plus many other inspirational ideas. 9.50
     
   THE HANDBOOK OF GEMSTONE CARVING.   S/C    (Ed & Leola Wertz)  1968. 48pp. 

Please see above under:    "Handbook of Gemstone Carving"

 
     
New    THE JEWELRY REPAIR MANUAL.    S/C   (R. Allen Hardy)    2nd Edition, Fireside Edition 1992. 253pp. This is a complete guide to the techniques of jewelry repair, filing, cleaning, soldering, buffing and gem setting for the professional, Apprentice and Amateur Jeweller. It also explains ultrasonics, steaming. electroplating and other techniques. 22.50
     
New    THE TECHNIQUES OF MASTER GEM POLISHING.   S/C  Gerald L. Wykoff) 1994. 311pp. This important new book provides a most comprehensive overview of the techniques, tools and knowledge required to apply a fine polish on all types of gemstones.  It also contains information on how to make special equipment as well as tools needed to apply these techniques. A must for every gemcutter and lapidarist. Special price. 

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  THE TECHNIQUES OF PEWTER-SMITHING.   H/C + D/W   (Charles Hull & Jack Murrell) 1984.  167pp.  The book covers the history and special techniques used in this specialized craft. Contains 195 black & white photographs and 62 line illustrations. Ex lib. Good condition. Special. 7.50
     
New   THE THEORY & PRACTICE OF GOLDSMITHING.   H/C + D/W  (Prof. Dr. Erhard Brepohl)  2001.   536pp.  It is hard to describe the contents of this massive volume. It contains many theoretical charts, photographs, techniques etc.. In three words: It covers everything about goldsmithing - there's nothing else like it.  75.00
     
  TROPHY WINNING FACET CUTS. S/C (Afton Giacomini) 1973. 32pp.This book contains 25 of the best facet cuts that have been used to win many competitions with easy step-by-step faceting instructions. Good condition.  SOLD
     
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  WELDED SCULPTURE.  H/C + slightly damaged D/W (Nathan Cabot Hale) 1974. 191pp. This exciting book contains all the techniques tools, equipment and step-by-step methods in producing welded sculptures. Good condition.  SOLD
     
WORKING WITH GEMSTONES.  H/C + D/W  (Axel Firsoff)  1st Edition 1974. 210pp.  The object of this book is to provide as complete a guide as possible to all aspects of lapidary art and craft. It covers tumbling, cutting cabochons, faceting, inlays, doublets, chemical staining, lapidary machinery and amateur machine construction, including some original designs, simple jewellery making, lost wax casting, the fundamental properties of minerals important to the lapidary, are all discussed concisely but in sufficient detail to work from, with a wealth of practical advice. Many illustrations. Good condition. 

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  A CENTURY-PLUS OF OPAL PUBLICATIONS: A Catalogue. S/C (Hans E. R. de Boer)  1st Edition 28th July, 1994. 87pp. The works listed in this unique catalogue cover the opal's extensive history, folklore and legends; its geography, geology and mining techniques, and the scientific aspects of opal, including the various attempts to synthesize it, as well as nomenclature, its place in the gemstone industry, marketing and valuation methods. It lists well over 500opal books, magazines, articles and films mainly from Australia, but also from around the world. Very good condition. Scarce. 25.00 
     
  A FIELD GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN OPALS. H/C + Damaged D/W in plastic cover.  (Barrie O'Leary) 1st Edition, 1977. 159pp. A book written especially for the Australian opal collector . The text clarifies in understandable terms the many mineralogical, gemmological, and commercial complexities of opal and explains the scientific factors involved in opal formation. One of the best books ever published on this subject. Good condition.

  

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  A FIELD GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN OPALS. H/C + D/W  (Barrie O'Leary) 2nd Edition, 1984. 159pp. Excellent condition except for a slightly scuffed dust wrapper.  40.00
     
  A FIELD GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN OPALS. H/C + Damaged D/W  (Barrie O'Leary) 2nd Edition, 1984. 159pp. Good condition with an hilarious birthday inscription 22.50
     
   A FIELD GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN OPALS. H/C + Damaged D/W  (Barrie O'Leary) 2nd Edition, Reprint  1992.  159pp. Good condition with a damaged flyleaf.  Special. 19.50
     
  A GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN PRECIOUS OPAL. S/C (Douglas M. Stone & Robert A. Butt) 1st Edition,  Periwinkle Books / 1972. 110pp. Contains a description of opal, how it is formed, a history of the opal fields, how to go prospecting for opal plus much other valuable information together with a full listing of opal bearing localities within Australia. Good condition.  Special.   6.00 
     
  A GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN PRECIOUS OPAL. H/C (Douglas M. Stone & Robert A. Butt) 2nd Edition,  Periwinkle Books / 1976. Reprint, 3rd Impression 1978.  110pp. Good condition.

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New    A JOURNEY WITH COLOUR: A History of South Australian Opal 1840 - 2005. Special Collectors Edition.   H/C (Len Cram) 1st Edition 2006. 368pp. This is Volume 3 of a series released by the author. It is a detailed complete account of the opal mining activities in South Australia from its beginnings to the present day. Signed by author.  300.00
     
  A PROSPECTOR'S GUIDE TO OPAL IN WESTERN QUEENSLAND.  This is a photocopied 42 page report which includes various information, reports as well as copies of early reports from the Department of Mines, Queensland showing the locations, maps, and more.  10.00
     
  AND THERE'S OPAL OUT THERE. H/C + Damaged D/W (Ed Waller) 1st Edition 1969. 152pp. The author, trained to both pen and pick, has captured the fabulous, frustrating world of the opal gouger in the same authentic and colourful manner as he described in another book he wrote dealing with gold prospecting. The three central characters of this book is the narrator, Bill, and crusty old Alluvial - join the young opal gouger Stephen, and his aboriginal partner Cerdy, in the search for the lost opals. Included are sketches of the equipment required for opal mining plus a "run down" on the opal fields found within Australia. This is a "classic" book. Good condition. Special. 

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  AND THERE'S OPAL OUT THERE.  H/C  (Ed Waller)   1st Edition 1969.  152pp.  Edges marked but in good condition. Special.  12.00
     
  AND THERE'S OPAL OUT THEREH/C  (Ed Waller)  1st Edition 1969.  152pp.  Good condition with the Dust Wrapper taped to the book. Special.  10.00
     
  AND THERE'S OPAL OUT THERE.  H/C + Damaged D/W   (Ed Waller)  1st Edition 1969. 152pp. Good condition. Special.  8.00 
     
  AND THERE'S OPAL OUT THERE. H/C  (Ed Waller) 1st Edition 1969. 152pp. . Good condition except for a badly damaged cover. All the pages are in good condition.  Reference / reading copy.   Special.   SOLD
     
  AUSTRALIAN OPALS IN COLOUR.   H/C  (Nance & Ron Perry)  1st Edition.  112pp. 1969. This book gives an insight on the Australian opal fields together with information on how to cut and set opals. A very popular book. Good condition. SOLD
     
  AUSTRALIAN OPALS IN COLOUR.   H/C + D/W in plastic cover.  (Nance & Ron Perry)   Reprint  1977.  112pp.  Very good condition. 12.00
     
  AUSTRALIAN OPALS IN COLOUR.   H/C + D/W   (Nance & Ron Perry)   Reprint  1977.  112pp.  Ex lib. Repaired. Good condition.  Special.   5.00 
     
  AUSTRALIAN OPAL SAFARI.   H/C + D/W (John Colahan) 1st Edition 1973. 127pp. A most interesting book which covers the history and mining of the opal fields in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. It also tell you how to recognise the most valuable stone, how to extract it, how to make the best use of your find. Other information as to where to start and other practical hints is included  as well as advice on outback travel, living and working conditions which in most cases still remain today. Excellent condition.  27.50
     
   AUSTRALIAN OPAL SAFARI.   H/C + Chipped D/W (John Colahan) 1st Edition 1973. 127pp. Good condition.  18.00
     
   AUSTRALIAN OPAL SAFARI.  H/C + Damaged D/W (John Colahan) 1st Edition 1973. 127pp. Ex Lib. Reasonable condition.  Reading / reference copy.  Special.  7.50
     
  AUSTRALIAN PRECIOUS OPAL. H/C + D/W (Archie Kalokerinos) 1st Edition published 1971. Reprint. 1975 This popular book by tis well-known medical doctor who turned to a "stint" in  opal mining during his life, tells of his love for opals. This book also contains some of  the magnificent photographs he took of opals as well as adding valuable information on opal itself. Good condition.  20.00
     
  AUSTRALIAN PRECIOUS OPAL. H/C + D/W (Archie Kalokerinos)  1st Edition published 1971. Reprint 1976. Good condition.  18.00
     
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New   BEAUTIFUL AUSTRALIAN OPALS:  A Field Guide.  S/C  (Len Cram)  1994. 84pp. A pocket-sized  guide of Australian opal history, geology, opal fields in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. Scarce - Now out of print. 

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New   BEAUTIFUL AUSTRALIAN OPALS.  S/C - Booklet (Len Cram) 1st Edition 1990. 24pp.  A most sought after book with excellent photographs of opals and Lightning Ridge Opal field in New South Wales. Complete with 4 "tear-off" postcards. 12.00
     
BEAUTIFUL AUSTRALIAN OPALS.  S/C - Booklet (Len Cram) Reprint 1991. 24pp.. No postcards. Good condition. Special.  5.00
     
New    BEAUTIFUL BOULDER OPAL: The Exquisite Gem.  S/C - Booklet  (Len Cram)  1st Edition 2003.  32pp. This book provides an insight to the Western Queensland Bould Opal Fields at Duck Creek, Yowah, Koroit and the surrounding areas. Magnificent photographs of the country and the opals found there. 

  

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New    BEAUTIFUL LIGHTNING RIDGE.  S/C - Booklet  (Len Cram)   1st Edition 2003. 32pp. This superb booklet with again, magnificent photographs gives the reader an inside view of the town and the surrounding opal fields in New South Wales. 

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  BEAUTIFUL OPALS: Australia's National Gem. Special Collectors' Edition. S/C (Len Cram) 1995. 81pp. This book contains many magnificent photographs of Black, Boulder and Light Opals.  Very good condition. Now very hard to find.  35.00
     
  BEAUTIFUL OPALS: Australia's National Gem. Special Collectors' Edition. S/C (Len Cram) 1995. 81pp.   Ex lib marks on the inside title page otherwise it is in very good condition. Now very hard to find.  Special. 20.00
     
  BEAUTIFUL OPALS OF THE DESERT.  S/C - Booklet   (Len Cram)  1st Edition 1992. 28pp.This book contains many magnificent photographs of rough, polished and opal jewellery from the Coober Pedy, Andamooka & Mintabie opal fields in South Australia. It also contains a story relating to the White Cliffs opal robbery in New South Wales. Good condition. No postcards.  No postcards. 12.00
     
  BEAUTIFUL QUEENSLAND OPALS. Booklet - A4. (Len Cram) 1st Edition 1991. 28pp. Plus 4 postcards. This book provides an overall history of opals in Queensland. It contains 48 magnificent colour photographs on opals, 22scenes and a generalised map showing the location of opal deposits within the State. Inscription and signed by author. Mint condition.  Scarce.   40.00
     
  BLACK OPAL.   H/C + D/W   (Greg Pardey) 1999. 204pp. This book is a comprehensive guide that covers everything you need to know and learn about opal cutting,  which also includes the 'Tricks of the Trade' plus  Step-by-Step Instructions. Beautifully illustrated. Mint condition. SOLD
     
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  COOBER PEDY: Opal Wonderland of Australia.   S/C - Booklet  (Kerry E. Medway) c 1980. 48pp. This booklet provides an early and current history of this South Australian Opal Field town in South Australia.

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New    DETERMINED.    S/C   (Stephen Aracic)   1st Edition 2003. 336pp. This book is the life story of Stephen Aracic a well-known and respected opal miner who now resides at Lightning Ridge, New South Wales.  It is a true story of his early days and his struggle for freedom from socialist Yugoslavia and how he made a living opal mining in outback  An excellent book. Signed by author.

   

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  DISCOVER QUEENSLAND OPALS.  S/C  (Pictorial Press) 2008. 42pp.  This book is primarily an historical overview of the Queensland Opal Fields with information and pictures on each one. Also contains a current trade listing on those involved with opal mining in one way or another. Mint condition. 19.50
     
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  FORTUNES IN OPALS FROM THE LOST SEA.   S/C  - with no Dust Wrapper. (Stephen Aracic) 1st Edition, 1979.   This book provides the reader with the author's experiences in opal mining at Lightning Ridge, New South Wales.  This is the scarce edition. Good condition with some slightly stained pages including the back cover. Signed by author. Special. 15.00
     
  FORTUNES IN OPALS FROM THE LOST SEA    S/C  (Stephen Aracic)   1st Edition, 1979. This book is the same book as above except now with a Dust Cover with the new title "Fortunes in Australian Opals" (This was to clarify to the bookshop buyers that the book related to Opals and not the sea).   This book is now also very scarce with the cover.   Excellent in near mint condition. 30.00
     
  FORTUNES IN AUSTRALIAN OPALS.  S/C  (Stephen Aracic) 2nd Edition. Updated 1988. 156pp. Signed by author.  Good condition. 

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  GONE GOUGIN' : The weird mob in the opal fields.  H/C (Nino Culotta - John Grady)  1st Edition published  1975. Reprint, 4th Impression, 1981. 160pp.  This is an hilarious story about the Lightning Ridge opal fields in New South Wales. It's a laugh a minute.  Highly recommended.  Near mint condition.  15.00
     
  GONE GOUGIN' : The weird mob in the opal fields.  S/C - Paperback (Nino Culotta - John Grady)  1st Edition published  1975. Ure Smith Reprint, 1976.. 160pp.  Good condition. 4.00
     
   GONE GOUGIN' : The weird mob in the opal fields.  S/C (Nino Culotta - John Grady)  1st Edition published  1975.  Ure Smith Reprint  1977. 160pp.  Partially foxed condition. 

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  I LEFT MY HAT IN ANDAMOOKA. H/C + Damaged D/W  (Clifford Austin) 1st Edition 1973. 204pp. This is an account of the author's travels to all the main opal fields in Australia which were his main objectives, and his accounts of mining techniques and his efforts at the back-breaking work, only made bearable by the lure of the big strike, are absorbing. It was on the opal fields that he met many of the "characters" that abound in his narrative. he worked and lived with these men in the free-spirited friendship of the inland which banishes any thought of loneliness and makes a difficulty something to be shared, and even enjoyed. Good condition.   19.50
     
   IN SEARCH OF OPAL. H/C + D/W   (Archie Kalokerinos)  1st Edition, 1967. 137pp  with colour plates. A most sought after book which describes the author's experiences at Lightning Ridge, New South Wales and at Coober Pedy, South Australia. Illustrated with 85 magnificent colour photographs. This story should be read by anyone with the urge to leave civilisation to mine the earth for treasure - or even those who prefer to relax in an armchair and mine a fortune in their imagination will be equally captivated. Excellent condition and signed by the author.    35.00 
     
   IN SEARCH OF OPAL.    H/C + D/W (Archie Kalokerinos)   1st Edition, 1967. 144pp.   Good condition. 25.00 
     
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  LIGHTNING RIDGE. (Ion L. Idriess) This is the story of the author's experience in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales. His wanderings took him to this place and was captivated by the romance of opals and their fiery beauty. He joined a band of opal seekers, and shared with them the many ups and downs of their profession. 

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  OPAL:  ADVANCED CUTTING & SETTING.  S/C  (Paul B. Downing)  1st Edition 1999. 144pp.  

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New    OPAL ADVENTURES.    H/C  (Downing)  Revised and expanded edition, 1993. 234pp.  This book covers much information on opal formation, structure, pricing, cutting and setting. Here too, are the confessions of an opalholic. Included is valuable information on the first Australian opal mines, and history of Lightning Ridge. Illustrated with 67 colour and black & white photographs.

   

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   OPAL AND HOW TO WORK IT.  S/C  (Frank  Barnett)   Reprint, 1989. 60pp.   

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   OPAL CUTTING MADE EASY.     S/C  (Paul B. Downing)  Revised and expanded, May 1997. 100pp. 

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  OPAL FIELDS OF NEW SOUTH WALES.  (Department of Mines, New South Wales)  1986. This is an 8 page A4 sized double-sided poster which provides much details on opals - its properties, types of opal found, mining methods, jewellery information as well as detailed maps of the New South Wales opal bearing and mining locations 2.00
     
  OPAL FIELDS OF NEW SOUTH WALES.  (Department of Mines, New South Wales)  1983. This is an 8 page A4 sized double-sided poster. 

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  OPAL FEVER.     H/C + D/W    (Nicholas Miles)  1st Edition, 1972.  186pp. This is an extraordinary novel with its driving narrative and scenes of tremendous human endurance, tells of an ambush of an opal buyer on a remote road in the Australian Interior. His companion escapes with $A150,000 worth of gems which he buries. Its background is so authentic and its characters so real that they reverberate in the mind long after the book is finished. Good condition.  12.00
     
  OPAL AND HOW TO WORK IT.  S/C  (F. Barnett)   Reprint, 1989. 60pp. 

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New    OPAL IDENTIFICATION AND VALUE.     H/C  (Downing)  1st Edition. Revised, expanded and updated 2003. 212pp.   This new edition with added chapters and sections provides all the information necessary for complete analysis and evaluation of any opal from a true gem. Properly identify opals from all over the world and what characteristics affect value. Breathtaking colour photographs throughout. 

  

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  OPAL MEN.   Paperback    (P. Vin Wake)  Seal Books / 1977.  165pp . The author tells the fascinating story of the opal men, starting with Professor Johann Menge, the eccentric and gifted "father" of Australian mineralogy, and carries through to the mechanised age. Opal country is tough, and its rewards can be fantastically generous - and heartbreakingly nil. The opal seekers are therefore likely to be "characters" and this book proves the point in no uncertain fashion. Packed with stories grim and gay, this book brings the old days back to life and for those amateurs with opal fever, it ends with sound practical advice on how to set about prospecting. Excellent condition.   9.50
     
  OPAL: SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S GEMSTONE - Handbook No. 5.   S/C  (Lewis C. Barnes & Ian J. Townsend. Department of Mines and Energy, Adelaide, South Australia)  1982.  157pp. This book provides a vast detailed account of all the opal fields within South Australia plus the various mining methods used as well as the history and geology of opal. All in all an excellent publication.  Near new condition.

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New    OPALS.  S/C  (Fred Ward)   1st Edition 1997. 64pp. This magnificent book with superb coloured photographs  provides much information as to the history and lore of opals, types of opal such as Black, boulder, light and even fossils enclosed in opal, recovery methods, Play-of-colour, Assembled opals, synthetics and simulants as well as a section on buying and caring for opal.  Mint condition.  12.00
     
New  OPALS.  S/C  (Fred Ward)     Revised Edition 2000.   63pp.

  

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  OPALS OF THE NEVER NEVER.   H/C + D/W   (R.G. Haill)  1st  Edition. 1981.  152pp.  As you read this book, you are physically escorted through Coober Pedy in South Australia. You are at its discovery and you are finding chips on the dumps. The photographic coverage shows the town and the mines. It also brings out the humanity of the townspeople and reveals some startling aspects of opal's unending varieties.. Any questions - Bob Haill covers every question possible - everything you wanted to know about Coober Pedy.  A most interesting book. Ex lib. Good condition.

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  OPALS OF THE NEVER NEVER.   Paperback  (R.G. Haill)    Reprint 1982.  152pp.  Loose cover and pages.

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New  OPALS OF THE NEVER NEVER.   S/C   (R.G. Haill)    Revised Edition. 1995. 127pp.  9.50
     
  OPALS OF THE NEVER NEVER.   S/C   (R.G. Haill)    Revised Edition. 1995. 127pp.  Good condition.  7.50
     
  OPALS OF THE NEVER NEVER.     S/C   (R.G. Haill)   Revised Edition. 1995. 127pp.  Good condition except the previous owner's name has been blanked out.  5.00 
     
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New    PLAINS OF COLOUR.    S/C - Booklet  (Walgett Shire Council) 1st Edition 1989.  20pp.  This booklet provides a photographic record  with some text showing the various opal fields found within the Walgett Shire in New South Wales.  These include Lightning Ridge and Grawin. Some historical photographs of the area have also been included.  6.00
     
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New   QUEENSLAND OPAL.    This special publication was produced as a joint development of the Department of Mines, Queensland and the Winton Shire Council. It comprises of 2 opal field maps (Western Queensland & Eromanga - Eulo - Opalton) as well as a 28 page Commentary which general information on the Regional geology, mining and exploration, the Opal Country, Opal classification, cutting and valuation. Location of the mines, prospects and workings are included.  20.00
     
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New   REDISCOVER OPALS IN AUSTRALIA.  (H/C)  (Stephen Aracic) Revised and Updated Edition, 1999. 416pp. This is arguably one of the best books that have been published on opal. Learn how to use surface indications and other prospecting methods to effectively find and mine for opal in the major opal fields of Australia. Contains more than 500 colour photographs. Aust    This is an excellent book - Limited Edition. 

  

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New   REDISCOVER OPALS IN AUSTRALIA.  (S/C)  (Stephen Aracic) Revised and Updated Edition, 1999. 416pp.  Limited Edition.   (This is the same book as above except in Soft Cover) 45.00
     
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  SALTBUSH RAINBOW: The early days at White Cliffs. S/C (Gwen Rowe) 1983. 57pp. This book provides a history of the town and opal activities of this western New South Wales opal mining town. Good condition with a scuffed cover. Special.  18.00
     
  SPARK OF OPAL.   H/C + D/W  (Mavis Thorpe Clark) 1st Edition, 1968. 173pp. This book is a novel which revolves around the Watson family and their quest for an opal strike to come their way. They find a good patch, however it does not eventuate. New arrivals to the field, jealousy among miners, a broken windlass and dangerous gelignite explosions bring danger and unexpected results to the family. The author really brings this family and their friends to life. Good condition. 9.50
     
New    STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.   S/C  (Les Taylor) 1st Edition 1985. 183pp. This is a factual account of the author and his life on the black opal fields of Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, which is full of unique , informative and entertaining stories of black opal as well as loaded with surprises and humorous anecdotes and the Australian outback.

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  STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.   S/C (Les Taylor) 1985. 183pp. Good condition. Repaired.  Special.  6.50
     
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  THE AUSTRALIAN OPAL DIARY: A Perpetual Diary and Birthday Book.   H/C  (Text & Photography by: Len Cram) 2002. 42pp.  This book enables you to make notes (in pencil)  for every day of the year with information and photos about a certain opal field every month.  At the end of the year, simply rub out your notations and start again for the next year. Mint condition. Special.  10.00
     
  THE BLACK OPAL.  H/C + D/W  (Victoria Holt)  1993.   288pp.  A fictional book about a girl who came to Australia from England and spent part of her life at Lightning Ridge in New South Wales.  Good condition.  8.00
     
  THE BOOK OF OPALS. H/C + D/W (Wilfred Charles Eyles) 1st Edition  1964.  224pp. This book describes some of the following subjects: Scientific analysis of opal & origins, the history of the world's outstanding opal fields, Mining methods, Buying & selling of opal and  more. A lot of Australian content with a first-hand account, never before published of T. C. (Tully) Wollaston and his journey with his partner from Adelaide in South Australia Kyabra Hills in south-western Queensland. Good condition except for a couple of tape marks inside the front and back cover.  Good condition.  30.00
     
  THE BOOK OF OPALS. H/C + Damaged D/W (Wilfred Charles Eyles) 1st Edition 1964,  2nd Printing 1966.  224pp. Good condition.   25.00 
     
  THE BOOK OF OPALS. H/C (Wilfred Charles Eyles) 1st Edition 1964,  2nd Printing 1966.  224pp. Good condition except for marks in the front and cover and edges of the book. Special.  20.00
     
  THE BOOK OF OPALS. H/C + Damaged D/W (Wilfred Charles Eyles)   6th Edition 1974.   224pp. Good condition.  22.00
     
New    THE EULO QUEEN and Other Outback and Opal Stories.  S/C  (C. W. Wurth) 1st Edition, 1999. 232pp. This is a story of a shrewd and intelligent woman of great charm and noted wit, she used these qualities to prosper in the harsh, male dominated regions of South-west Queensland around the turn of the century. It sets out to portray her life, as a person of deeds uncommon to her sex in that period and in doing so, will probably attain the most accurate picture of her life. It shows her ruthlessness and compassion, her generosity and hardness, along with the private obsessions of her sad early life, which played such a dominant part on her colourful journey. Apart from this particular story, there are stories which have been contributed by other writers pertaining to this general area. 

   

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  THE FIRE IN THE STONE.  S/C  - Puffin paperback  (Colin Thiele)  Reprint 1983.  228pp. A novel. The story line - Ernie Ryan is a young lad with his alcoholic father in a primitive dugout in the harsh and lawless opal fields of South Australia had to fend for himself or starve. But when his precious cache of opal is stolen, he sets out with a friend determined to find the thief. This story was eventually became a film. Good condition except for a damaged / repaired spine.  Special.   SOLD
     
  THE LIGHTNING RIDGE BOOK. S/C (Stuart Lloyd) 1st Edition, November 1967. 250pp. This popular  classic book relate many stories and activities on opal mining at and in and around Lightning Ridge in New South Wales. There are 34 chapters to this book that makes it impossible for me to define as so many events have been written - even including one on "Buried Treasure" of buried and lost tins of opals and hundreds of gold sovereigns.  All I can say - I've read every single page and I couldn't put it down. Absolutely fantastic !   Very good condition. 

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  THE LIGHTNING RIDGE BOOK. S/C (Stuart Lloyd) 1st Edition, November 1967. 250pp. Good condition except for a "crinkled" plastic cover (a lot of them went like that due to a printing fault) a flyleaf removed. . Special.  27.50 
     
  THE LIGHTNING RIDGE BOOK.  S/C (Stuart Lloyd) 1st Edition, November 1967. Reprint November 1968. 250pp. Good condition except for a "crinkled" plastic cover (a lot of them went like that due to a printing fault). . Special.  25.00 
     
  THE LIGHTNING RIDGE BOOK. S/C (Stuart Lloyd) 1st Edition, November 1967. Reprint November 1968. 250pp. Flyleaf removed. Ex lib. Good condition except for some tape marks inside the front and back covers. .Special 18.00
     
  THE OCCURRENCE OF OPAL AT LIGHTNING RIDGE AND GRAWIN, NEW SOUTH WALES.   This is a photocopied 16 page report which includes various information, as well as copies of early reports from the Geological Survey of New South Wales showing the locations, maps, and more.  3.00
     
  THE OPAL BOOK. H/C + Damaged D/W and cover a little stained. (Frank Leechman) 1st Edition 1961. 255pp. This has been a very popular book on opal for many years and covers everything one needs to know all about opal and where to go. Also provides information on overseas opal localities as well as the history on the Australian opal fields plus the methods of mining and other valuable information. Good condition.   19.50
     
  THE OPAL BOOK. H/C. (Frank Leechman) 2nd Edition 1962. 255pp.  Good condition.  17.50 
     
  THE OPAL BOOK. H/C + Damaged D/W  (Frank Leechman) 5th Impression, 1964. 255pp.  Good condition.  16.00 
     
  THE OPAL BOOK. H/C  (Frank Leechman) 7th Impression, Revised with additional illustrations.  1964. 263pp.  Good condition.  16.00
     
  THE OPAL BOOK. H/C  (Frank Leechman) 7th Impression, Revised with additional illustrations. Reprint   1975. 264pp.  Good condition.  15.00
     
  THE OPAL BOOK. H/C  (Frank Leechman) 1st Edition.  1961. 255pp.  A cheap reference  / reading copy.  Extra special. 5.00
     
  THE OPAL BOOK.   Paperback  (Frank Leechman) Walkabout Pocketbook / 1969 255pp.  Good condition.

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  THE OPAL BOOK.   Paperback  (Frank Leechman) Walkabout Pocketbook / 1970  255pp.  Good condition.  7.50
     
  THE OPAL BOOK.   Paperback  (Frank Leechman) Walkabout Pocketbook / 1973   255pp.  Good condition.  7.50
     
  THE STARS MY BLANKET. H/C (B. Miles) Reprint, 1955 235pp. The story of an expedition from Sydney, New South Wales to South Australia and the Northern Territory and then back again to Sydney, New South Wales via Queensland. Includes a 10 page visit to the opal fields at Coober Pedy, South Australia.  9.50 
     
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OPAL STAMPS

 

LIMITED OFFER

 

We still have available a few of the special opal stamps which are now extremely hard to find and are increasing in value.

                                      

 STAMP COVER                              AUSTRALIAN $1.20  & $2.50 Stamps

The two (2) stamps reproduce Australia Opals ... proclaimed as Australia's national gemstone in 1993.

These are Australia's first HOLOGRAPHIC stamps (they even flash like real opals) produced by the Exelgram process. 

This process is an Australian development and one of the latest advances in this field of technology.

Price:  $10.00 (Including postage)

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