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Agates: Treasures of the Earth
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2007
The combination of Roger Pabian with Brian Jackson, Peter Tandy & John Cromartie present a well written book on some of the most beautiful, popular with collectors and sometimes scarce agates of the world. The first forty pages alone give the novice collector, lapidary, rock-hound, or just someone who has picked up a pretty banded rock on vacation an idea of how agates were formed, the why of the different patterns, and the names and terms needed to intelligently discuss agates. The pictures are out standing and many. The descriptions informative and to the point. The references in the back of the book present a good jumping off place to pursue further knowledge of specific types of agates. In my opinion this book was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative read, even though some of the newer types of agates were not presented.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2010
Over all, a good book with lots of nice agate photos and information.
Good general light reading for agate lovers or anyone interested in these beautiful gems from the Earth.
The only major item that I found un-helpful was their use of very bland, generic maps. They were so useless that it would have been better leaving them out of the book.
What were they thinking?
Looks like they needed some last minute page fillers.
Too bad, it made this look like a cheap knockoff book where as nice, informative, accurate maps would have greatly increased its appeal.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2007
This book offers detailed information on agates. what they are, how they are formed and where they are found. What I found most intriguing were the terrific photographs of agates throughout the entire book. I use agates in my jewelry design but was not completely aware of the multitudes of colors and gems that fall under the umbrella name 'Agate'
Very well worth the dollars spent for this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2009
Agates are wonderful semi-precious stones that have been used in jewellery since the earliest civilisations. They are found in the classic banded stones and by other names such as chalcedony, blood stone and jasper. Science has a lot of theories on how agate is formed, but they still don't truly understand why the stone has such variety and colours and crystals.

If you collect or admire agate this is an excellent book. The first section deals with the scientific aspects on the theories of the stone is formed. It then moves onto the locations throughout the world that agate is found, along with colour photo examples of the various types of agates found at the location. The last section of the book deals with the lapidary of the stone and the uses of agate throughout the ages.

For anybody wanting to know more about agate, or get a better appreciation of the stone this book is hard to pass up. It's a lovely small hardback and is illustrated in colour throughout which lets you admire the sheer variety in these stones. The colour range in them alone is breathtaking and makes this a lovely book to browse through for the photos alone.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2007
This book is a "must have" because Roger Pabian is the principal author. It is not an exhaustive coverage of agates. I found it a quick read, and generally fact-filled. No new ground is broken, and it is a good book for beginners in collecting agates.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2010
Whether you want to know the history of agates - how they were formed when and where, and how they have been used by humans around the world over the centuries - or you just want to see stunning photographs of all types of gorgeous agate, this is THE book. As an avid beach-comber for agates, I was thrilled to expand my knowledge of my favorite rock with such a lovely and comprehensive book. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2007
Agate has been found on every continent, but there are few illustrative references on the market devoted to agates alone. AGATES: TREASURES OF THE EARTH will interest both high school and public library holdings seeking books on geology and gemstones, providing a reference to their formation, geology, and identification alike. Color photos throughout pack a history that is a top pick for any gemstone collector and for libraries catering to them.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good illustrations, covers agate throughout world but seems to concentrate on Scotland. Does have fair coverage of United States also.
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on December 25, 2012
I enjoy referencing this book regularly. This book has so much information about all types of agates from all over the world. Another must have book for agate collectors and lapidaries.
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on April 22, 2013
Form Agates names and sources to their use , lapidary and collecting. Good pics to show the different types and how nature enjoys in beeing a great artist
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