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Gemological Institute of America
(for information on diamonds and diamond grading)

International Colored Gemstone Association:
Gem Variety List

(detailed information on specific gemstones by variety)

Friends of Jade
(a group for jade lovers and collectors- includes articles and reference materials as well as online discussions)

Fred Ward Gem Book Series
(Opals, Jade, Emeralds, Rubies & Sapphires, Diamonds, Pearls, or Gem Care- an excellent read for each subject- also available at Amazon.com)

Gemstones: Smithsonian Handbooks; by Cally Hall
(an excellent introducion to gemstones- good for most ages)