Mineralogy Resources


General Guides

Handbook of Mineralogy contains entries on more than 3700 minerals

Minerals and Mineral Collecting features a “Mineral Collectors Forum” and a “Mineral Data Search” which helps collectors identify and locate the species data pertinent to a particular specimen

A Short Introduction to Mineralogy contains information on the origin, descriptions, and classification of minerals

Minerals: Definitions, Properties, and Occurrences 


Gems and Minerals: Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Minerals 

Picture Galleries

The Image Gallery: Minerals

Amethyst Gallery 

Minerals Image Gallery   

Specific Topics

Environmental Mineralogy contains a practical and introductory guide to concepts in environmental mineralogy

Mineral Chemistry is a complete tutorial compiled by Tulane University

Mineral Physics contains a guide to teaching mineral physics along with introductory and background information useful for students

Soil Mineralogy is a tutorial containing information on composition, structure, and orderedness

Soil Mineralogy Guide  is a complete guide with introductory information compiled by the University of Hawaii

Optical Mineralogy and Petrography provides a compilation of online instructional resources and teaching activities

Introduction to Clay Mineralogy covers basic principles of clay mineralogy

Environmental Characteristics of Clays and Clay Mineral Deposits 

Building the Phyllosilicates is a tutorial addressing specific types of minerals

The Crystal Structure of the Chlorite Minerals is a publication addressing chlorite minerals and their structure and characteristics

Occurrence, Mineralogy, Textures and Structures of Sedimentary Rocks 

Journals and Research

American Mineralogist  publishes the results of original scientific research in the general fields of mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, and petrology

Elements is an international magazine published through the collaboration of several worldwide mineralogical and geochemical societies; each issue focuses on a theme of broad and current interest in the mineral sciences

Gems and Gemology  is the official journal of the Gemological Society of America which publishes the latest research on diamonds and colored stones

Geo Science World  is a leading resource for research and communications in the geosciences and published peer-reviewed content in the field 

Lithos is an international journal publishing original research papers on mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry 


Mineralogy Database contains information on over 4400 types of minerals and includes search options by chemical composition, New Dana classification, and Strunz classification

Crystollagraphy Open Database is an open-access collection of crystal structures of organic, inorganic, metal-organic compounds and minerals

Geo Ref Information Services s the most comprehensive database in the geosciences and continues to increase by more than 100,000 references annually 

Institutions and Organizations

Geological Society of America is the premier professional organization for scientists and researchers working in the field of geosciences

International Mineralogical Association is the world’s largest organization promoting the study and understanding of mineralogy

Mineralogical Society of America supports the advancement of mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, petrology, and promotion of their uses in other sciences, industry, and the arts

Fluorescent Mineral Society is an international organization of professional mineralogists, gemologists, amateur collectors, and others who study and collect fluorescent minerals

European Mineralogical Union  is comprised of national scientific societies representing mineral scientists from European countries

Smithsonian Institution Department of Mineral Sciences contains a world-renowned collection of mineral specimens