MINERALS & GEMSTONES of SOUTHERN AFRICA

Jun 29, 2022 | Book Reviews, Nature & Conservation

MINERALS & GEMSTONES of SOUTHERN AFRICA

by Bruce Cairncross

This beautifully presented book is not only the most up-to-date publication on minerals of Southern Africa but also the first to feature the region’s gemstones, and an invaluable guide for collectors, gemologists, and the layman wanting to know more about the environment around them.

Mineral species descriptions detail their gemological properties, history, occurrence and uses, and are illustrated with striking full colour photographs. In alphabetic order, each species has it’s common name, scientific name and compound, and a selection of photos showing different ages and/or areas – and field of view giving a more accurate image of the stone. 

Covering Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, southern Mozambique and Zimbabwe, this guide by Bruce Cairncross, who is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Johannesburg, is an incredible achievement on a fascinating subject. 

ISBN 978 1 77584 753 3 Published by Struik Nature / Penguin Random House

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