|"John Sinkankas's lifelong fascination with rocks and minerals was his avocation during his 25-year career with the U.S. Navy. Since his retirement in 1961 with the rank of Captain, his name pops up everywhere in the world of gemology and mineralogy. A noted author, bibliophile, collector, artist, lapidary, gem-cutter, and historian, he has written and compiled fifteen books. His world-renowned reference book collection of more than 13,000 items was acquired by the Gemological Institute of America in 1988 for their Richard T. Liddicoat Library."
Captain Sinkankas passed away at his home in 2002, but his outstanding library will continue to educate people for years to come.
-Taken from "Gemstones of North America Vol. 3"
There is a reason most mineral dealers and collectors will immediately recommend these books! They are all extremely well written and are perfect for both the novice and the professional. We highly recommend every work that has been written by this man for anyone interested in Minerals. The beginner should ALWAYS start with a copy of "Mineralogy", available for sale immediately below.
Captain John Sinkankas and his Wife, Marjory, standing in front of their San Diego home, February 1988.Photo by Vandall King