George F. Kunz Bibliography

George F. Kunz, mineralogist and mineral collector

  Portrait of mineralogist George F. Kunz

The GIA Library is delighted to offer this draft of a revised George F. Kunz Bibliography  As a prominent gemmologist and mineralogist who lived from 1856 to 1932, he was amazingly prolific in writing books and articles on a diverse variety of titles. Some of the intriguing topics are Gems and Precious Stones of North America, Mineral Industry Reports, Missions of California and Bridges of New York. He was Tiffany and Co.’s vice president of gemmology from 1879 until his death in 1932.

We have updated the Kunz bibliography published by John Sinkankas in his notable work Gemology: an Annotated Bibliography. The Library compiled the information from various sources, including work undertaken by Yvonne Markowitz, Jewellery Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. Now it is your turn. We need your assistance to add new items to the list as well as to provide some of the missing details such as page numbers. Please contact us and we will update the bibliography as needed

While at Tiffany’s, George Kunz created a set of books for Tiffany and Co. to give each year to its customers: Natal Stones: Sentiments and Superstitions connected [associated] with Precious Stones. There are editions dating from 1891 until 1931. We believe that there are 31 editions with total page numbers ranging from 17 to 35. Since there is some confusion on editions, dates, titles and page numbers, we would like help with creating an accurate list of these. For ease of viewing, we have grouped them together in the bibliography included here.


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