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127 of 132 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best references available on this subject
This book is detailed but not exhaustive. Cunningham has a way of cutting through the veils of arcane muddle and get right to the subject at hand. This is the reference that we recommend for those that wish to enter the world of gemstone, crystal and metal magic and a must for anyone that needs a reference on this subject. The description of each mineral or metals...
Published on September 17, 1999

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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One for the library, but not the only one
Cunningham is widely respected by most pagan types, and deservedly so. Most of his reference books are thorough and authoritative. His gemstone book, however has some drawbacks. The photos in the book are poor: They aren't very representative of the specimens a collector or practitioner is likely to encounter. Also, there is a limit to the thoroughness of his...
Published on February 1, 2000 by Alison


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127 of 132 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best references available on this subject, September 17, 1999
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This review is from: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic (Cunningham's Encyclopedia Series) (Paperback)
This book is detailed but not exhaustive. Cunningham has a way of cutting through the veils of arcane muddle and get right to the subject at hand. This is the reference that we recommend for those that wish to enter the world of gemstone, crystal and metal magic and a must for anyone that needs a reference on this subject. The description of each mineral or metals mystical properties are clearly described in enough detail to let you know what is is best suited for. The chapters preceding the descriptions are written in a simple and straight forward manner that does not favor any one religion or belief system. He lets the reader take what they need from it and apply it accordingly. Mr. Cunningham also includes a quick reference summary that is set up in a logical and easy to use format. It is a shame that Scott Cunningham is no longer with us. His direct way of sharing this important information is still needed in the spiritual community.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An indispensable addition to the occult library, September 27, 1998
This review is from: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic (Cunningham's Encyclopedia Series) (Paperback)
The late Scott Cunningham had a remarkable talent for compiling information into clear and readable accounts, such as his works on herbs,oils, incense, foods, etc. This book is no exception, as he offers an exhaustive encyclopedia about the magical properties of gems and precious metals. He provides a succinct history of the uses of each stone, its folklore, the deities it represents, and its magical uses. His bibliographies are always appreciated, as they are annotated, and offer a very helpful guide to further reading.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One for the library, but not the only one, February 1, 2000
This review is from: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic (Cunningham's Encyclopedia Series) (Paperback)
Cunningham is widely respected by most pagan types, and deservedly so. Most of his reference books are thorough and authoritative. His gemstone book, however has some drawbacks. The photos in the book are poor: They aren't very representative of the specimens a collector or practitioner is likely to encounter. Also, there is a limit to the thoroughness of his entries on each mineral. This book is a decent introduction to crystals and gemstones. However, for those serious about the practice of magick involving gems, THIS SHOULD NOT BE THE ONLY BOOK IN YOUR COLLECTION.
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58 of 68 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where did he get this stuff from?, January 4, 2006
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It's me "logitechgirl" (LONG ISLAND CITY, NEW YORK USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic (Cunningham's Encyclopedia Series) (Paperback)
Ok, yes it is well organized and very easy to read and reference to. However it seems to me that alot of his ideas came from whims of his own fancy rather than actual research. For instance he says that purple stones are supposedly ruled by Jupiter. Why? He also says that yellow stones are ruled by Mercury. The fact is that yellow stones have been associated with Jupiter since ancient times while Mercury has been associated with certain green stones. It was felt that these colored stones magnified the associated planet's results which already had a role in our lives. Luckily I had already done plenty of research in the subject before coming across this book. He also fails to mention that practically every single stone has been associated with bad luck under certain circumstances and that 'bad' luck is relative. For instance it was believed that certain stones were very bad luck...then you research into it and find out that the stone was considered bad luck because it was known to give the mother who wore the stone only daughters and not sons. This would not be considered bad luck in our day and time and in fact would be considered very good luck to many. This is why it's important to do research and find out the 'why' in all occult type arts. If you really want a female child, that talisman or stone that you're shunning might be the best luck charm you've been waiting for. There are so many examples like this...And if a certain stone IS associated with a particular planet like Mr. Cunningham and the ancients suggested, then wouldn't it also be true that if a planet happens to be badly placed in your particular birth chart, you're only magnifiying the bad results of that planet in your life by wearing the stone? The difference between ancient gemologists and Mr. Cunningham is that Cunningham never bothers to bring this up at all in his book and thus he contradicts himself by saying that planets have assocations with stones, but that all stones do good for everyone.

The book is worth having in your library when you need to reference stones quickly.. just don't use it as your only source and don't take every thing the author says at face value.

Do gems & stones really have powers? Well, psychology of color though it is a new science does show merit and anything as beautiful as a well cut gem is bound to inspire great things in someone who's constantly laying eyes on such a wonder. So hence it's probably all in the mind- but then again, isn't everything?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have, January 31, 2006
This review is from: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic (Cunningham's Encyclopedia Series) (Paperback)
This is a must have book for anyone interested in crystals, gems, or metals. It includes a comprehensive and detailed guide to the properties of many many many gems and crystals, as well as metals. The pictures are a great part of the book.

What's most excellent about this book is the Scott Cunningham lays down simple instructions for learning to feel a stone's energy. Also, he's included various methods of crystal meditation. There is also a stone subsitute guide which I find invaluable since some stones are hard to come by. Also included are a few charts, referencing stone to planets and zodiac signs.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy enjoyable read, December 25, 1999
This review is from: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic (Cunningham's Encyclopedia Series) (Paperback)
My first exposure to Scott Cunningham. Found the book very easy and enjoyable to read. I was able to read it in one sitting. He provides a great deal of information and presents it in a clear and easy to understand way. This book would make an excellent reference tool and I recommend it for anyone seeking such a resource. The only downer was (to me) the excess of "money making" spells, delivering a message the average wiccan is a very financially challanged or money centric individual. I would like to imagine there are more graceful things we can apply energy to than making money.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic magical corrispondance, January 3, 2004
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endamist (United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic (Cunningham's Encyclopedia Series) (Paperback)
This is a good magical corrispondance book on stones, metals, and gems. its a good referrance book when you need some information on the magickal properties of a stone or it's use but I have found that there are many stones not mentioned in the book. perhapse with the increase in types of stones available in the market today this book might be getting a little dated. Still a good resouce to have on hand if you can't find a better on or if you don't do a lot of stone magick work.... but it might be worth looking into a more comprehensive one, that includes a greater variety if you are doing a lot of work with stones.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars let's look at the big picture here..., March 9, 2005
This review is from: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic (Cunningham's Encyclopedia Series) (Paperback)
okay, so yeah....the thing about the polished stones working better than raw material or crystals in their natural state, should be taken as the authers opinion. any educated person knows that in most books there are many things we disagree with, it doesnt mean they are bad books. not only that, but anyone who has studies crystal therapy or any other type of healing or even divination with crystals knows the form does not matter but rather the energy and how it is recieved, interpreted, and directed by the person utilizing it. i think this is a wonderful book and i have been practicing crystal therapy for nearly 8 years now. i was trained by a shaman and have regular patients i work with whose ailments run from HIV to migraines. while this book will not teach you about crystal therapy it will give you tons of folklore and correspondances for stones which anyone involved in wicca or witchcraft will find vital to creating their own spells and magick. i use this book in one of my lessons for my neophytes when they need to find the corresponding number, zodiac sign, element, magick type, and chemical composition (vital to know in crystal therapy) for a certain type of stone for a specific type of magick. i dont know what the other reviewers were expecting from this book, but if you can read a book and find only one thing you disagree with you need to re-read it, and if you can't find any other flaws consider it a treasure. we all know scott cunnigham is a wonderful author (goddess bless his spirit) and this book is no departure from that. the only thing i will say about this book that may stray from the positive is that the few colored pictures included aren't that great; they are either of specimens that are of museum and unobtainable quaility, or of specimens that are of very low grade and look almost nothing like what you would purchase. the pictures will give you a general guide to follow when looking to purchase stones, but there are much better pictoral guides such as the crystal bible or melody's books. this book is in no way a waste of money. i have led three covens and if i am willing to shell out money for this book for my students, trust me...it's a good book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Revised Essential, January 29, 2003
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"roxx33" (Boise, ID United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic (Cunningham's Encyclopedia Series) (Paperback)
My review is based on the revised 2002 second edition, first printing of this title. The first edition went through 22 printings, evidence that this book will be a sought-after reference for years to come.
Scott Cunningham introduced the secrets and powers of over 100 gems and metals in his book. What I find especially pleasing is the 16-page color insert in the middle. The photos are clear and brilliant, very colorful samples of some of the most popular magical gems. Hematite or bloodstone, is one of my favorites. This book revealed the folk name as being "volcano spit." Its element is fire, and powers are healing, grounding, and divination. You will learn magical lore and uses for many stones, but most of all you will be encouraged to use the ones that speak to your personally.
I have a friend who collects rocks wherever she goes, and has a story for each one of them. She even inherited a jar of rocks from her Great Grandmother, a gift that is precious to her. She will love this title. Any rock collector or person who uses stones as a spiritual tool should get this book in their reference collection!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book., March 1, 1998
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This review is from: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic (Cunningham's Encyclopedia Series) (Paperback)
I read this book cover to cover and I learned virtually everything I could ever hope to know on the magic of stones and metals. It is an excelent beginner's guide or expert's reference. Very highly recommended (Along with anything by Scott Cunningham).
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