Rock Identification & Gemology

Mineral Identification Key - by Alan Plante & Donald Peck
We wish to make this key available to one and all in the hope of correct identification of minerals in collections, rock gardens, and on windowsills everywhere.

The Rock Identification Key - by Don Peck

Mineralogy Database
The Mineralogy Database was last updated on 9/5/2012 and it contains 4,714 individual mineral species descriptions with links and a comprehensive image library. Visit the "What's New" section for details.

Each mineral has a page linked to tables devoted to crystallography, crystal structures, 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 also are extensive links to other external sources of mineral data and information.

Hello, I'm Barbara Smigel - Welcome to my free gemology course
If you're interested in learning about gemology from a scientific rather than from a commercial or artistic viewpoint, then you are in the right place (not that either art or commerce are unimportant or will be ignored, they just won't be our main focus.)

The SVGMS does not have any financial interest in any of these sites and is only mentioning them as a convenience to our site’s visitors.

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