Shortly after the publication of my book “Exquisite Agates” a number of new deposits were discovered world wide. In particular, China appeared as a new source of high quality material with great colors and interesting forms.This and the new agates from Morocco and Argentina, as well as the success of my first endeavor, induced me to create a new book. Also, I really just wanted, once again, to make a new book for the pleasure of agate lovers everywhere.The main focus of this work is the agate sites such as those in China or Morocco which are new or have only recently become better known. I have also made updates concerning the agate locales mentioned in my first book. With one exception, all of the agates shown here come from my personal collection, which has now grown to about 5,500 specimens. The text is again in both German and English.424 pages, Hardcover, size 24 x 28 cm, about 800 brilliant agate pictures.
Tourmaline crystals are not only much sought after gemstones but also are highly interesting as study objects, because on them the formative forces in the mineral kingdom create an impressive richness of shapes and colors. Especially the research of the inner of dark or even black crystals is very exciting. When slices of such crystals are ground thinner, beautiful fine structures appear out of the dark. This is the way in which fantastic and detailed picture worlds have been discovered; they are presented in this book as TourmalineArt and put into a natural scientific framework, but which is generally understandable.The author has been dealing for more than 20 years with the aesthetics of the color pattern and their mineralogical interpretation; he put together the very best and most interesting of thousands of crystals in this book. The fantastic photos of the hidden structures within tourmalines make this book a feast for the eyes also for the lay public.2015. [in German and English] – 272 pp., c. 650 coloured figures.