This book is detailed but not exhaustive. Cunningham has a way of cutting through the veils of arcane muddle and get right to the subject at hand. This is the reference that we recommend for those that wish to enter the world of gemstone, crystal and metal magic and a must for anyone that needs a reference on this subject. The description of each mineral or metals mystical properties are clearly described in enough detail to let you know what is is best suited for. The chapters preceding the descriptions are written in a simple and straight forward manner that does not favor any one religion or belief system. He lets the reader take what they need from it and apply it accordingly. Mr. Cunningham also includes a quick reference summary that is set up in a logical and easy to use format. It is a shame that Scott Cunningham is no longer with us. His direct way of sharing this important information is still needed in the spiritual community.
My review is based on the revised 2002 second edition, first printing of this title. The first edition went through 22 printings, evidence that this book will be a sought-after reference for years to come.
Scott Cunningham introduced the secrets and powers of over 100 gems and metals in his book. What I find especially pleasing is the 16-page color insert in the middle. The photos are clear and brilliant, very colorful samples of some of the most popular magical gems. Hematite or bloodstone, is one of my favorites. This book revealed the folk name as being "volcano spit." Its element is fire, and powers are healing, grounding, and divination. You will learn magical lore and uses for many stones, but most of all you will be encouraged to use the ones that speak to your personally.
I have a friend who collects rocks wherever she goes, and has a story for each one of them. She even inherited a jar of rocks from her Great Grandmother, a gift that is precious to her. She will love this title. Any rock collector or person who uses stones as a spiritual tool should get this book in their reference collection!