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William Holland Lapidary School - Georgia, USA
A non-profit school in North Georgia teaching faceting jewelry making and many other gem & mineral skills.
International Gemological Society
Bringing quality information and educational services to everyone interested in gemstones including professionals, the merely curious, and everyone in between.
An insider's diamond buying guide.... put together by an experienced Gemologist. An unbiased view on how to buy diamond rings, diamond jewelry, or diamond earrings
Online guide to gemstone prices Free access only to limited value charts.
Online Directory of Mineral & Fossil Sites
The Ganoksin Project
The gem and jewelry world's foremost information resource on the Internet. Open to the public, Free of charge - a substantial library of articles, publications, reports, and technical data on gem and jewelry related topics; as well as a sizable collection of art and jewelry galleries, for both the casual visitor and the professional.
is an interactive gemmological resource dedicated to a better understanding of the relationship between man and gemstones. Great forum and informational website!
Extensive online mineral database. Great forum for both experts and beginners.
Gem & Mineral Clubs
Greensboro Gem & Mineral Club
Objectives of the Club are to promote interest and knowledge of gems, minerals, fossils
Georgia Mineral Society
A volunteer organization dedicated to educating youth & members in the field of earth sciences
Earth Science Club of Illinois
ESCONI is an non-profit organization whose aim is to promote an interest in earth sciences
Places to Shop
Gemology Tools Professional
software that contains the most comprehensive gemology references available. This program is intended for the gemologist/appraiser, the gemology student or the casual gemstone enthusiast.
Walsh Brothers - Clocks and Watches
Rare and unusual gem crystals and minerals from Burma and Vietnam
Cool faceting supplies and home of the famous Batt Lap!