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Jewelry Guide - Culture Mine

Reading Education

Diamonds, gold, and gemstones have histories filled with intrigue and lore, but you shouldn't have to feel like buying fine jewelry is a mysterious and confusing experience. Here are just a few books to check out of your favorite bookstore or library. Remember, "Knowledge is Power!"

The Curious Lore of Precious Stones

George F. Kuntz

Originally published in 1913, this tome is a "monument to the 'hidden' side of gems."

Ancient Legends of Gems and Jewels

Alda Jangl and James F. Jangl

A small, interesting paperback that explains the myths and mysteries surrounding gemstones that have held our fascination for centuries.

Gemstones of the World

Walter Schumann

This reference book is superb, and it contains beautiful pictures. And take the title seriously - they mean all the gemstones in the world, not just the garden variety. Also by the same author: The Magic of Jewels and Charms.


Fred Ward

Great pictures, history, lore and facts. Part of a seven-book series by the same author: other titles include Rubies and Sapphires, Jade, Pearls, Emeralds, Opals, and Gem Lore.

The National Gem Collection

Offered by the Museum of Natural History

This coffee table book provides an overview of the world of gems, focusing on the 10,000 amazing gemstones and jewelry pieces in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.


Eric Burton

This highly respected gemologist tells you all you need to know about the history of the diamond, mining techniques, and technical aspects of gemology in a very accessible way.

Diamonds: Magic, Myth, and Reality

Ed. Robert Maillard

Impressive in both size and scope, this book is extremely helpful to diamond novices who prefer to be thorough.

Engagement and Wedding Rings: The Buying Guide for People in Love

Antoinette Leonard Matlins

The title says it all. You are in love and this is the greatest romantic moment you may have as a couple - don't go out there unarmed!