Treasures of the EarthBook - 2006
A well-illustrated reference for agates including an introduction to their geology and formation, a comprehensive identification guide and listings for where they can be found around the world.
"Superbly done... should be high on everyone's 'must have' list."-- Rock and Gem
This book has been very well received as the first popular guide to these brilliantly banded and highly prized gemstones.
The agate is one of the world's most strikingly beautiful semiprecious gems. Collectors worldwide are drawn to the stone's infinite variety of coloration and banding. While these stones are readily available, the rare and higher-quality ones are quite valuable and aggressively collected.
Agates is a comprehensive reference written by one of North America's leading experts in cooperation with the Natural History Museum of London. The book features an easy-to-use identification guide and a worldwide listing of where agates are found. More than 200 color photographs of superb agate specimens were selected from the extensive collection of the Natural History Museum of London and from the private collection of author Roger Pabian.
American agate specialist and paleontologist Pabian, with help from British colleagues, introduces novices to probably the most common gemstone on Earth. He explores the geological and cultural significance, and the world-wide distribution of the stones. Color photographs adorn nearly every page. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)