For mineral and crystals, my preferred reference for metaphysical information is the wonderful and extensive book Love is in the Earth by Melody. She goes into quite a bit of detail about each mineral, including specifics about varieties and unusual formation (especially all of the varied formations of quartz such as channeling crystals, timeline crystals, phantom crystals, etc.) Personally, I don’t work much with the properties of minerals related to healing physical ailments, and so I don’t tend to mention those in the podcast — but Melody does include that information as well.
For mineralogical data, I use Gemstones of the World by Walter Schumann and the Simon & Schuster Guide to Rocks and Minerals, edited by Martin Prinz, George Harlow, and Joseph Peters. Both of these two books primarily consist of very brief entries, so I supplement this extensively with online research.
As I mentioned in the last post, I like Wikipedia as a starting point for research. Since I’ve been talking about varieties of quartz for the last three podcasts, here is the Wikipedia entry for quartz and the entry for minerals in general — and they also have a portal for all entries related to Gemology and Jewelry. Enjoy!