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Geology and Lapidary for Everyone

Anders Blom
The list author says: "Everything you should have if you want to start or continue a hobby in geology."
Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology (10th Edition)
Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology (10th Edition)
"A basic 101 college course textbook. These can be found used for cheap just about anywhere."
Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks & Minerals (Smithsonian Handbooks)
Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks & Minerals (Smithsonian Handbooks)
"DK published for the Smithsonian, this is an excellent handbook for identification and learning. Big enough to read easily, small enough to be taken into the field, great "turtleback" cover adds protection (too big for a pants pocket)."
Smithsonian Handbooks: Gemstones
Smithsonian Handbooks: Gemstones
"DK published for the Smithsonian, this is an excellent handbook for identification and learning. Big enough to read easily, small enough to be taken into the field, great "turtleback" cover adds protection (too big for a pants pocket)."
Smithsonian Handbooks: Fossils
Smithsonian Handbooks: Fossils
"DK published for the Smithsonian, this is an excellent handbook for identification and learning. Big enough to read easily, small enough to be taken into the field, great "turtleback" cover adds protection (too big for a pants pocket)."
SE DD312 12-Piece Stainless Steel Wax Carvers Set
SE DD312 12-Piece Stainless Steel Wax Carvers Set
"An awesome set of every pick and sculpting tool you will need."
Cindoco H2126 Hardwood Dowels - Mahogany 1/4" Dia. x 36" L
Cindoco H2126 Hardwood Dowels - Mahogany 1/4" Dia. x 36" L
"Great for carving your own picks and tools needed for more fragile excavation, when they get dull; just wittle it sharp again."
Lisle 14000 Parts Cleaning Brush
Lisle 14000 Parts Cleaning Brush
"Good for cleaning debris off of specimens."
BelOMO 10x Triplet Loupe Magnifier with Attached BelOMO Logo Lanyard, High-Quality Optical Glass with Anti-Reflection Coating for a Bright, Clear and Color Correct View
BelOMO 10x Triplet Loupe Magnifier with Attached BelOMO Logo Lanyard, High-Quality Optical Glass with Anti-Reflection Coating for a Bright, Clear and Color Correct View
"Best triplet on the market."
Carson 60X-100X MicroMax LED Lighted Pocket Microscope (MM-200)
Carson 60X-100X MicroMax LED Lighted Pocket Microscope (MM-200)
"This is an awesome and inexpensive pocket microscope. Its like carrying around a dark field microscope in your pocket! Very useful tool for identifying specimens."
Leatherman 830039 New Wave Multitool with Leather/Nylon Combination Sheath
Leatherman 830039 New Wave Multitool with Leather/Nylon Combination Sheath
"Great multi-tool."
Professional UV Inspection Flashlight 380-385nm - 16 Ultraviolet LED
Professional UV Inspection Flashlight 380-385nm - 16 Ultraviolet LED
"A must for detecting florescent minerals."
Estwing E3-14P 14-Ounce Pointed-Tip Rock Pick
Estwing E3-14P 14-Ounce Pointed-Tip Rock Pick
"A small pointed tip pick."
Marshalltown E324BLC  Steel Brick Hamillimeterer-24-ounce with Nylon/Vinyl Cushion Grip 16669
Marshalltown E324BLC Steel Brick Hamillimeterer-24-ounce with Nylon/Vinyl Cushion Grip 16669
"A large flat blade hammer."
Estwing ERC-7C Rock Chisel, 7-Inch
Estwing ERC-7C Rock Chisel, 7-Inch
"Get a variety of flat and pointed chisels preferably with cushioned grips and impact guards."
Estwing ERC-8C Rock Chisel, 8-Inch
Estwing ERC-8C Rock Chisel, 8-Inch
Estwing ERC-9C 3/4" x 9" Rock Chisel with Cushion Grip
Estwing ERC-9C 3/4" x 9" Rock Chisel with Cushion Grip
Estwing B3-4lb Hand Drill Hammer With Nylon-vinyl Grip, 4 Lbs
Estwing B3-4lb Hand Drill Hammer With Nylon-vinyl Grip, 4 Lbs
"A much needed hammer for larger specimens."
Survival Optics Sunglasses (SOS Eyewear) - Tundra RX Series Sunglasses
Survival Optics Sunglasses (SOS Eyewear) - Tundra RX Series Sunglasses
"Great monolithic polarized sports safety glasses, meets mil-spec and includes prescription inserts."
Mechanix Wear MG-55-010 Original Glove, Covert Large
Mechanix Wear MG-55-010 Original Glove, Covert Large
"Great for protecting your hands and not limiting your fine motor control."
Silva Polaris Baseplate Compass
Silva Polaris Baseplate Compass
"A map compass along with a detailed map of your area(s) will help you plot your locations. You don't want to forget where you found something of great value."
Rite in the Rain 8.5" x 11" White Copy Paper - 200 sheets
Rite in the Rain 8.5" x 11" White Copy Paper - 200 sheets
"Make your own maps and take notes too. This is for copiers and laser printers, there are other products for ink-jet. You can use just about anything to write on this paper but there is a "rite in the rain" pen sold too."
100% Cotton Canvas Oversized Grocery/multipurpose Tote Bag 12 Pack, Shoulder Length With Extra Strong Cotton Webbing Handles
100% Cotton Canvas Oversized Grocery/multipurpose Tote Bag 12 Pack, Shoulder Length With Extra Strong Cotton Webbing Handles
"Strong and inexpensive bag to carry tools and specimens. 12 pack is more economical but there is a 5 pack for half the cost."
12" x 220ft Small 3/16"
12" x 220ft Small 3/16"
"Bubble wrap, or even newspaper can be used to protect your specimens while you transport them."
Mueller Sports Water Bottle Natural Quart
Mueller Sports Water Bottle Natural Quart
"Classic water bottle with straw to clean specimen."
Swan Isopropyl Alcohol, 99%, Pint, 16 OZ
Swan Isopropyl Alcohol, 99%, Pint, 16 OZ
"Used for cleaning sulfates, nitrates, and borates."
Mohs Mineral Hardness Scale Set, with (9) Specimens, Magnifier and Accessories.
Mohs Mineral Hardness Scale Set, with (9) Specimens, Magnifier and Accessories.
"Hardness scales are used to identify the mineral specimen, common everyday items can be used in addition or as substitution to this set."
Streak Plates - White - 10 Pack
Streak Plates - White - 10 Pack
"Another tool that is needed for identification of specimens."
The Art of Gem Cutting: Including Cabochons, Faceting, Spheres, Tumbling, and Special Techniques (Gembooks)
The Art of Gem Cutting: Including Cabochons, Faceting, Spheres, Tumbling, and Special Techniques (Gembooks)
"A general reference for introductory gem cutting."
The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques
The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques
The Encyclopedia of Jewelry-Making Techniques
The Encyclopedia of Jewelry-Making Techniques
Cabochon Cutting (A Gemcutters Handbook)
Cabochon Cutting (A Gemcutters Handbook)
"A great book for Cabochon cuts."
Gemologists' Travel/portable Lab Suitcase. Including Microscope, Dichroscope, Spectroscope, Chelsea Filter, Ruby Filter, Jadeite Filter, Polariscope, Darkfield Loupe, Uv Magnifier, Gem Refractometer, Polariscope, Conoscope, Refractive Index Liquid Oil, Gem Tweizer and Etc.
Gemologists' Travel/portable Lab Suitcase. Including Microscope, Dichroscope, Spectroscope, Chelsea Filter, Ruby Filter, Jadeite Filter, Polariscope, Darkfield Loupe, Uv Magnifier, Gem Refractometer, Polariscope, Conoscope, Refractive Index Liquid Oil, Gem Tweizer and Etc.
"A full optics kit for identification."
Foredom K.2272, All new SR motor, General Applications Kit - K.2272
Foredom K.2272, All new SR motor, General Applications Kit - K.2272
"Foredom is the best rotary tool on the market, with easy to use variable speed control. Dremel is a far less expensive option that is still very reliable and powerful."
Anytime Tools 5 DIAMOND CUT-OFF WHEELS GLASS ROCK LAPIDARY DISC SAW for ROTARY TOOLS
Anytime Tools 5 DIAMOND CUT-OFF WHEELS GLASS ROCK LAPIDARY DISC SAW for ROTARY TOOLS
"Diamond cut off wheels for shaping your stone."
Pro-Quality 20-Piece Diamond Bur Set for Rotary Tool - Glass, Stone, Ceramic
Pro-Quality 20-Piece Diamond Bur Set for Rotary Tool - Glass, Stone, Ceramic
"A decent set of bits for the rotary tool."
Lortone 3A Single Barrel Tumbler
Lortone 3A Single Barrel Tumbler
"A barrel tumbler is a must for a polished natural edge stone."
8" Ameritool Lapidary Horizontal Glass Grinding Polishing Cabochon Machine
8" Ameritool Lapidary Horizontal Glass Grinding Polishing Cabochon Machine
"Lapidary grinders are required for achieving precise facet surfaces. There are other less expensive options that can be used, like open faced bench grinders with hard diamond impregnated wheels."
Lapidary Equipment: New 1200 x 0.1 Gram DIGITAL LAB SCALE! Weigh Rough Gems, Lapidary Slabs, Stones for Cabbing, Faceting & More! Weighs over 1000 Grams, over 6,000 CARATS!
Lapidary Equipment: New 1200 x 0.1 Gram DIGITAL LAB SCALE! Weigh Rough Gems, Lapidary Slabs, Stones for Cabbing, Faceting & More! Weighs over 1000 Grams, over 6,000 CARATS!
"A fine scale for appraising and fitting."
Neiko 01407A Stanless Steel 6-Inch Digital Caliper with Extra-Large LCD Screen and Instant SAE-Metric Conversion
Neiko 01407A Stanless Steel 6-Inch Digital Caliper with Extra-Large LCD Screen and Instant SAE-Metric Conversion
"Perfect for measuring your cuts."