Suggested Reading for the Mineral Collector

This started as a list of links and documents that I believe every should be read by every mineral collector of every level. It's evolved into a list of all sorts of usual reading materials. If you have suggestions to add to the list, please send an email to

Analytical Methods

Caring for a Mineral Collection

Cleaning and Preparing Minerals

Crystal Formation, Shape, Crystallography, and Related Topics

Gems and Gemology

Facebook Groups

Mineral Photography

Mineral People

Pages Dedicated to Specific Minerals


Radioactive Minerals