Agates: Treasures of the Earth

Agates: Treasures of the Earth


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"Superbly done ... should be high on everyone's 'must have' list."
—Rock and Gem

Agates, the first popular guide to the brilliantly banded and highly prized gemstones, sold 7,000 copies in hardcover, no doubt for the glorious color photographs that capture collectors' enthusiasm for the stones' distinctive shapes and vivid colors.

Agates is a comprehensive, easy-to-use identification guide and a worldwide listing of where they are found.

The book describes:

  • Names of agates—mineralogical, geological, local, trade, trivial
  • Properties of agates—e.g., color, wall-banded, level-banded, cracked, thunder eggs
  • Sources of agates—e.g., eruptions, lava, sediment, limestone beds, and fissures
  • Lapidary—sawing, grinding, sanding,
  • Imitations and forgeries of agates
  • Uses of agates through the ages, with beautiful photographs of artifacts and jewelry
  • Early writing and collections
  • Use of agates in science and technology
  • Collecting
  • National and regional maps showing agate-producing areas.

Amateur gemologists and agate collectors alike will find this informative and beautifully illustrated book to be an indispensable resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770856448
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 1,225,361
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Roger Pabian was a professor emeritus at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a highly respected agates specialist, research geologist and invertebrate paleontologist. Brian Jackson is head of mineralogy at the National Museums Scotland and professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Peter Tandy is curator of mineralogy at the Natural History Museum in London, England. John Cromartie is a collector of Scottish agates.

Table of Contents


Names of agates

What is an agate?

Properties of agates

Sources of agates

  • Europe
  • Britain
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • South America
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia


Uses of agates through the ages


Further information
Picture Credits



Agates are probably the most common gemstones on Earth. They have been used to create ornaments for around 7000 years, and have been recorded on every continent and in several different geological environments. Since the mid-1900s, agate collecting has become very popular in Europe, North America and the Middle East. There are thousands of agate-producing areas on Earth, and in the following pages, you will become acquainted with a small, but representative sample of these fascinating gems.

The formation of agates is of scientific interest to a range of scientists, from geologists investigating their geological significance to chemists studying the formation of chalcedony within water pipes in geothermal areas. This book is intended to present the current state of knowledge of these gems. Thus, the goal is to acquaint the novice and remind the advanced collector of the rich geological and cultural significance of these most beautiful stones, and to take the reader on a tour of the geographical distribution of agates across the world.

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NatoshaM More than 1 year ago
I always loved to learn about gemstones, well my mom got me into them! It's something about the design, the colors, and the powers they possess that intrigues me. I always wondered about them, like where do they come from, how are they made and so many other questions. Therefore, I was happy to have found a book on one well-known type, Agates by Roger Pabian, Brian Jackson, and Peter Tandy. These I have a few of in my collection and was happy to have an idea about the names, colors, created from, and so much more! Inside, there are even some beautiful Agate shaped pieces, like a frog. The details are stunning, exactly like a frog and yet has the stone Agate being used.I know for many who love gemstones this would really be a winner! It's full of information on the one stone Agate, but if you ever needed to do some research this book could really help. I love the photos, real photos most of all! It's not a fake stone and is a real created from the earth stone that is worn, seen and often mentioned. Finally, I really love the information inside. I feel full of knowledge on the stone Agate. It's totally a treasure as the title mentions. Plus, it's not a complicated book for those just getting into gemstones and would like to learn more about Agate.