Learn about Minerals, Gems, Prospecting & Mining, how to find deposits, and where to dig:

You can easily learn about the Geology of where and how gems and minerals form from reading a few simple books, joining a local rock, gem, mineral or lapidary club, going to nearby gem & mineral shows, and/or by joining an online mineral forum.   Some recommended reading is shown below on this page.   After that, you can begin trying your luck at public fee dig mines.  With a little more knowledge, you can even try to go out and prospect to find your own deposit to mine.     Good luck and happy prospecting!

CLUBS:

There are many rock, gem, mineral and lapidary clubs across the USA, and likely one in your area.  Below is a link to the AFMS list of Rock & Mineral clubs by State.  These clubs are a great place to learn and meet new friends!

CLICK HERE FOR CLUB LIST

Rock & Gem Magazine Club Listing

Books:

I have outlined some of my favorite books below.  Most of the book images have links to where copies can be purchased.  Click on the book image.

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Opal: The Phenomenal Gemstone (Lithographie); Out of Print
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Pegmatites by David London
Tourmaline Queen Mine Pala Blue Caps Article 1972

MORE excellent books and reference material can be found at the following recommended sellers:

Magazines:

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ONLINE SOURCES OF INFORMATION:

  • MINDAT

  • FRIENDS MINERAL FORUM

  • AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MINERALOGICAL SOCIETIES (AFMS)

  • MY ROCK HUB

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Links to FEE DIGS & SHOPS, where you can pay to dig & find your own gems and minerals:

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