Diamond Handbook: A Practical Guide to Diamond Evaluationby Renee Newman
The Diamond Handbook, 2nd edition is an up-to-date, full-color guide to evaluating and identifying diamonds, which is aimed at trade professionals, gemology students, serious diamond buyers, and people who want more diamond evaluation information than they can get on the Internet. Besides providing in-depth information on diamond grading, it compares the new cut grading systems and diamond light performance reports of various gem laboratories. It also discusses and illustrates new diamond treatments and lab-grown diamonds. An entire chapter is devoted to the recutting of diamonds, and another chapter covers the history of diamond cuts and illustrates antique and estate diamond jewelry styles. The first chapter gives a brief overview of diamond formation, sources, diamond properties, lighting and diamond examination techniques. Chapters on fancy-colored diamonds, fluorescence, branded diamonds and diamond grading reports are also included. The Diamond Handbook has a glossary, bibliography, index. 320 high-quality photos (207 in full color) and many informative tables, charts and diagrams. As stated in a review of the first edition of the Diamond Handbook by the Journal of Gemmology: "The Diamond Handbook is a must for anyone buying, testing or valuing a polished diamond and for students in many fields."
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