New book reveals the story of Scotland’s National Gem

Crystal MountainsCrystal Mountains – Minerals of the Cairngorms unravels the story of Scotland’s National Gem – the cairngorm. The book encompasses the social history of the people who sought “Cairngorm Stones”, geology, mineralogy and occurrence of the gem minerals, the lapidary and jewellery trades and links with Queen Victoria. Demand from the lapidary and jewellery trade in the 1800s was such that the supply of authentic local material could not keep up, and inevitably, imported material began to be passed-off as Scottish. The book features numerous previously unpublished images of specimens from all the major public and private collections.

The book has 184 large format pages, a softback cover, and is available direct from the publisher www.britishmineralogy.com priced at £25 plus p&p.