gem and mineral information provided on this site is from the following
book and internet sources:
Encyclopedia of Gemstones
Joel E. Arem
Complete Encyclopedia of Minerals
Petr Korbel & Milan Novák
Robert Webster & revised by Peter G. Read
Cornelius S. Hurlbut, Jr. & Robert C. Kammerling
describes over 600 mineral species (and varieties) and more than 5000 specimens,
together with several ways of accessing these descriptions.
The descriptions include searchable
plus other information of
interest to students and rock hounds. Galleries.com was the first rock shop on the
Internet, going live (with a numeric IP) in the fall of 1994, and under the
domain galleries.com in the spring of 1995.
is the largest mineral database and mineralogical reference
website on the internet. This site contains worldwide
data on minerals, mineral localities and other mineralogical
The RRUFF™ Project
is an integrated study of the chemistry,
crystallography, Raman and infrared spectroscopy of minerals. The RRUFF™ Project is creating a complete set of high quality spectral data from well
characterized minerals and is developing the technology to share this information with the world.
The collected data provides a standard for mineralogists, geoscientists, gemologists and the
general public for the identification of minerals both on earth and for planetary exploration.
Webmineral.com site contains mineral data on
individual species that are linked to mineral tables
by crystallography, X-Ray powder diffraction, chemical
composition, physical and optical properties, Dana's
New classification, Strunz classification, mineral specimen
images, and alphabetical listings of mineral species.
There are extensive links to other sources of mineral
data and information.