Minerals and Gemstones of Southern Africa

Bruce Cairncross

An exploration of the spectacular minerals and gemstones of southern Africa - a region that is home to some of the most ancient rocks on Earth. A comprehensive introduction unpacks regional geology and major rock formations, and is followed by detailed descriptions of the minerals that occur here and their gemological properties.
Date Published :
September 2022
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Illustration :
850 full-color photographs
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781775847533
Pages : 296
Dimensions : 10 X 8.4 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


Southern Africa has some of the most ancient rocks on Earth and is home to many spectacular and important minerals and gemstones. Minerals & Gemstones of Southern Africa documents the interesting and relevant mineral occurrences in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, southern Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. Fully updated with spectacular photographs, new distribution records, and an appealing larger format, this new edition of Minerals & Gemstones of Southern Africa features:

• An introduction to the geology of the region, including a map depicting the major rock formations
• Detailed descriptions of minerals, including their gemological properties, occurrence, and uses
• Multiple full-color photographs of each mineral

This guide is an invaluable reference for collectors, gemologists, students, and anyone with an interest in the earth sciences.

About The Author

Bruce Cairncross is Professor of Geology at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He has a special interest in documenting and preserving southern Africa’s mineralogical heritage, and is the author or co-author of a number of books, including Minerals & Crystals – Morphology, Properties, Identification; Field Guide to Rocks & Minerals of Southern Africa; and Minerals & Gemstones of East Africa.


Geological overview
South Africa
Southern Mozambique
A to Z of minerals and gemstones
References and further reading

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