Crystals, with their timeless allure and mystical properties, have fascinated humanity for centuries. From ancient civilisations to contemporary spiritual practices, these precious gems have held a profound place in our collective consciousness. Enjoy the curated list of free crystal books that offer unique insights into the historical, cultural, and scientific aspects. Each book serves as a wealth of knowledge, inviting you to explore the rich tapestry of everything crystals from folklore, to the mesmerising world of crystal structures.
The Curious Lore of Precious Stones by George Frederick Kunz
George Frederick Kunz's classic explores the sentiments, superstitions, and mystical aspects of precious stones, providing a rich tapestry of historical knowledge.
Author: George Frederick Kunz
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How to Read the Crystal by Sepharial
Sepharial's practical guide, released in 2008, teaches the art of crystal gazing and unlocking the secrets hidden within crystals.
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Geology and Inhabitants of the Ancient World by Richard Owen
Richard Owen's work provides a captivating exploration of Earth's history and the creatures that have inhabited it.
Author: Richard Owen
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The Growth of a Crystal by Henry Alex Miers
Henry A. Miers' scientific exploration uncovers the mesmerising patterns and structures that emerge in the natural world.
Author: Henry Alexander Miers
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Crystals by A.E.H. Tutton
A.E.H. Tutton's book, originally published in 1911, offers a visual feast with 120 illustrations, providing detailed insights into the history and characteristics of crystals.
Author: Alfred Edwin Howard Tutton
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Leisure Hours Among the Gems by Augustus C. Hamlin
Augustus C. Hamlin's book recounts the author's travels in search of gemstones, providing insights into their history, rarity, and value.
Author: Augustus C. Hamlin
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Gems in the Smithsonian Institution by Paul E. Desautels
Paul E. Desautels' book is a treasure trove of information on gems and minerals, with a special focus on the iconic Hope Diamond.
Author: Paul E. Desautels
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Stories of Famous Precious Stones by Adela E. Orpen
Adela E. Orpen's book takes us on a journey through history, unveiling the captivating tales behind some of the world's most remarkable gemstones.
Author: Adela Orpen
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Engraved Gems by Maxwell Sommerville
Maxwell Sommerville's book explores gemstones left behind by civilisations worldwide, providing descriptions, historic comments, and images.
Author: Maxwell Sommerville
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Clear Crystals by Clara Frances McKee Beede
Clara Frances McKee Beede's collection of poems (although not specifically about crystals) captures the spiritual essence of nature and living, resonating with readers since its first release.
Author: Clara Frances McKee Beede
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The Molecular Tactics of a Crystal by Baron William Thomson Kelvin
Lord Kelvin's book delves into the geometry of crystal structures, offering a deeper understanding of their beauty and molecular arrangements.
Author: Lord William Thomson Kelvin
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Bonus ResourceFor those interested in crystallography, explore Introduction to Crystallography, a Dover Classics of Science and Mathematics edition.
Embark on a literary journey through these free crystal books, each offering a unique perspective on the beauty, lore, and science of crystals. Whether you're a seasoned crystal enthusiast or a curious beginner, these resources are sure to enrich your understanding and appreciation of these captivating gems.
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