Arkenstone Publications

The Arkenstone Publications

The Arkenstone has teamed up with The Mineralogical Record to publish several books focusing on exceptional, famous mineral collections. In an effort to provide additional information to curious collectors, we have provided these Arkenstone publications free online. These books provide collectors the opportunity to read about specific mineral localities, histories, and collections. The full-color publications include dozens, if not hundreds of images of stunning mineral specimens. Not only are these beautiful to look at, the books provide valuable learning tools and cover collections that would be otherwise hidden in history. The supplements have this added benefit preserving mineral collection legacies.

The Mineralogical Record has generously given us permission to make these texts available to read online as e-books.

Crystalline Treasures, The Mineral Heritage of China

China Crystalline Treasures Book Cover

Without a doubt, China is one of the new hot spots for mineral collecting. Crystalline Treasures – the Mineral Heritage of China not only details the history of mineral collecting in China, but also contains articles explaining key cultural differences between western and Chinese collecting styles. A significant mineral specimen photo folio is included in Crystalline Treasures with mineral specimens separated by province. You can also visit the Crystalline Treasures site.

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The Lindsay Greenbank Collection Classic Minerals of Northern England

The Lindsay Greenbank Collection Book CoverWhile many Americans are unfamiliar with these British mineral localities, the Lindsay Greenbank Collection contains many of the world’s finest mineral specimens from Northern England. These mineral localities remained somewhat mysterious to collectors until this Mineralogical Record supplement was published after a year and a half of work. In addition to 40 locality photos, maps, crystal drawings, and old historic specimen labels, over 100 superb mineral specimens are printed in full color. Lindsay Greenbank’s Mineralogical Record biography is available here.

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The Miguel Romero Collection of Mexican Minerals

The Miguel Romero Collection of Mexican Minerals Book Cover

This is clearly one of the finest collections of Mexican minerals ever assembled, and the legacy of the Miguel Romero Sanchez Collection is more than deserving of being preserved and captured. Rising from humble beginnings, Miguel Romero eventually became the Mexican national leader in mineral collecting. This Mineralogical Record supplement covers a mineral collection that was initially  private and secretive, but gradually became well-known and beloved by the public. Many of these mineral pieces are now considered Ikons of the mineral world. Read more about Romero on the Mineralogical Record.

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The Herb and Monika Obodda Collection began decades ago, and Herb had dedicated his life to mineral collecting. This label for a gold in smoky quartz dates back to 1969-1973.In 2014, The Arkenstone Publications will be presenting its next book preserving the legacy of the Herb and Monika Obodda Collection. Herb began a passion for minerals at age seven, and his interest hasn’t decreased over the decades. These world-renowned collectors have made significant contributions to the mineral world, and The Arkenstone is proud to be handling the sale of many of their famous pieces. You can read more about Herb Obodda and his dedication to mineral collecting by reading his Mineralogical Record history. Stay tuned for the e-book!