Helpful Links
Mineral Identification by Alan Plante & Donald Peck

This Mineral Key is designed for use on-line. The Key helps lead users to one or more "likely suspects". Details on the "suspects" can then be further researched in order to make a final determination
Art's Mineral Identification Chart

This mineral identification chart was created Art Crossman as a college course project at Mansfield University in 1997.
The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom

The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom is an informational and educational guide to rocks, minerals, gemstones, and jewelry. This site provides detailed information and excellent photos of many minerals and gemstones.
The Dothan Gem & Mineral Club is a group of amateur, yet enthusiastic rock hounds. We meet the 4th Sunday of the month at the Fellowship Hall of the Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 42o5 S. Brannon Stand Rd. and Hwy 52 S., Taylor, AL. Our usual meeting time is from 2 -4 pm.

Club meetings include food, fellowship, and fun. The group watches educational programs about the formation of various gems and mineral deposits, how and where to best hunt for particular gems and minerals, and how to clean, cut, polish and display your finds. We learn to make jewelry and many different kinds of decorative art. Members bring their latest finds as meetings always include show and tell.
About Us
Dothan Gem & Mineral Club
While few in the group are gemologists, mineralogists, or geologists we do have some expertise among the members. Several of our members have workshops that can rival most professional gem cutting and polishing businesses. They are always happy to work with the new people who have never used any type of rock cutting, grinding or polishing equipment.

The group also hosts an annual Gem & Mineral Show, typically in April of each year. The show attracts vendors from all areas of the country.
The International Gem Society

This site provides some great resources on physical and optical properties of gemstones and explains how those properties are used to identify gems. There are illustrated articles and charts to help simplify tricky identification problems.