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Jewels of the Early Earth: Minerals and Fossils of the Precambrian Paperback – January 28, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0764338809 ISBN-10: 0764338803

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (January 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764338803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764338809
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author, Dr. Bruce L. Stinchcomb has long had a strong interest in early rocks where he has worked with them in uranium and other mineral exploration, some of it in the far north. This is Dr. Stinchcomb's eighth book on geo-collectibles.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Mergenthaler on July 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you buy Jewels of the Early Earth expecting to see pictures of diamonds and sapphires and cut gemstones you will be disappointed. (Well, not entirely. One of the most visually arresting stones anywhere, ruby in zoisite--the wine-red of massive ruby dotted through bright green with occasional white zoned zoisite is here. This stone is often used in beautiful Tanzanian carvings and fetishes.)

Instead, Dr. Bruce Stinchcomb's "jewels" is profusely illustrated with photos of semiprecious gems and ancient minerals in their natural or merely polished state. Examples shown are tourmalines and beryls, blood red chert-and-iron banded iron formations, rose and rutilated quartzes, Lake Superior agates and Keweenaw Peninsula native copper, the minerals of Minas Gerais, as well as more mundane but no less intriguing stones, like the flashy labradorite, which is rarely used for jewelry, but probably should be.

In this book he concentrates on mostly igneous or metamorphic specimens of extreme antiquity with a rock needing to be at least a half-billion years old to make the cut. It's easily readable by anyone with a high school education and a basic grounding in geology and enjoyable if you just like pretty stones.

Stinchomb puts these beauties into their geological time and geographical contexts. As with his other books, he assigns approximate specimen values coded to an alphabetical scale but acknowledges that some rocks have a higher scientific or educational value than their value in trade.

Recommended for collectors and anyone interested in learning what survives from geological deep time.
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By geochic on September 7, 2013
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Excellent detail, beautiful color photography, very informative! Perfect for any rock hound, fossil collector, or anyone interested in geological studies.
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