My Gemmology Obsession Library - A full list of my Gem Books

Updated: 3 days ago

*New Additions are in Blue

I've been collecting Diamond and Gemstone books for the last few years and many of you have asked me to make a full list of them all.

I'm currently working on a project. - "How to Organise your Gem Book Library" - A Step by step guide.

On which I'll be creating a new display from scratch and take you through the steps and materials I'll be using to make that outstanding one-of-a-kind library you can proudly show off.

So I thought there is no better time to list all my books and group them by categories. Some of the books will fall under a few categories, but I'll be listing them in the one I feel they fall more into.


Let's start with the smallest section of my library

The Design Category

Here you will find books about how to draw Gemstones, Diamonds, Rings, Necklaces, Bracelets and chains. Those books are perfect for beginners that want to start from the basics and learn about light, shadows, colour and the materials used in creating that realistic hand drawing.

This Drawing was my first practice on drawing Wedding bands with a different texture. It's from the first and one of my most recommended books for beginners.

  • Jewellery Illustration and Design: Techniques for Achieving Professional Results - Cosimo Vinci, Manuela Brambatti

  • Drawing for Jewellers (Master Classes In Professional Design) - Maria Josep Forcadel


Diamond Books

  • Diamonds: The Quest from Solid Rock to the Magic of Diamonds - Christine Gordon, Roli

  • Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds - Rachelle Bergstein

  • Empire of Diamonds: Victorian Gems in Imperial Settings - Adrienne Munich

  • Diamond Design. A Study of the Reflection and Refraction of Light in a Diamond - Marcel Tolkowsky

  • Diamonds: The World's Most Dazzling Exhibition - Natural History Museum

  • Diamonds - Marijan Dundek (2009)

  • Diamonds - Marijan Dundek (2022)


Gemmology Books

  • Secrets of the Gemtrade: The Connoisseur's Guide to Precious Gemstones - Richard W Wise

  • Semi-Precious Stones, Gems, Jewelers' Materials and Ornamental Stones of California; Volume No.37 - George Frederick Kunz

  • Gemmology: 3rd Edition - Peter G. Read

  • The Retail Jeweller's Guide: Fourth Edition - Kenneth Blakemore

  • The Smithsonian National Gem Collection―Unearthed: Surprising Stories Behind the Jewels - Jeffrey Edward Post

  • Gemmology of the World - Walter Schumann

  • The Illustrated Guide to Crystals - Judy Hall


Gemstone Books

  • Smithsonian - Gem: The Definitive Visual Guide - Aja Raden, DK

  • Gems - François Farges, Van Cleef & Arpels

  • Gemstones of the World: Newly Revised Fifth Edition - Walter Schumann

  • The Gemstone Detective: Buying Gemstones and Jewellery in the USA - Kim Rix

  • The Gemstone Detective: Buying Gemstones and Jewellery in Australia - Kim Rix

  • The Gemstone Detective: Buying Gemstones and Jewellery in India - Kim Rix