A guide to the most common decorative minerals and rocks

This handy 8-page fold-out guide is designed to help readers identify and learn about 39 common minerals found around the world.

978 0 565 09267 2
Fold-out chart
February 2010
245 x 167 mm
8 pp
Over 60 colour photographs
Natural History Museum


A mineral is a naturally occurring element or chemical compound that has a crystal structure and was formed by natural processes such as volcanic eruptions. This guide features 39 common minerals found around the world. At least one striking colour photograph and some key facts are provided for each mineral featured. It is double-sided and gloss laminated.

Minerals featured include:

  • Agate, Blue lace agate, Botswana agate, Dyed agate, Moss agate
  • Thundereggs, Turritella agate, Amazonite Amethyst, Aragonite
  • Azurite, Beryl, Calcite, Carnelian, Celestine, Chalcopyrite
  • Chiastolite, Chrysocolla, Citrine, Copper, Desert roses, Dolomite
  • Fluorite, Fuchsite, Garnet, Gypsum, Hematite, Jasper, Kyanite
  • Labradorite, Leopardskin stone, Lepidolite, Magnesite, Malachite
  • Obsidian, Opal, Pyrite, Quartz, Septarian nodules, Sodalite
  • Sulphur, Tiger’s eye, Tourmaline in quartz, Unakite and Zeolites

See inside

Look inside this guide to get an idea of its content.

Pages from our fold-out Minerals guide

Pages from our fold-out Minerals guide

Pages from our fold-out Minerals guide

Pages from our fold-out Minerals guide


The guide has been checked and approved by the Department of Mineralogy at the Natural History Museum.

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