Diamond Ring Buying Guide: How to Evaluate, Identify and Select Diamonds and Diamond Jewelry

Overview

The Diamond Ring Buying Guide is a comprehensive full-color guide to selecting and evaluating diamonds and diamond jewelry. This updated 7th edition has 140 new photos of ring styles, colored diamonds and contemporary diamond cuts. Information has also been added on palladium, diamond treatments, fancy colored diamonds, synthetic diamonds, ring mountings, and the new GIA and AGS cut grading systems.
Chapter titles include: Diamond Price Factors in a Nutshell; Carat Weight; ...
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Overview

The Diamond Ring Buying Guide is a comprehensive full-color guide to selecting and evaluating diamonds and diamond jewelry. This updated 7th edition has 140 new photos of ring styles, colored diamonds and contemporary diamond cuts. Information has also been added on palladium, diamond treatments, fancy colored diamonds, synthetic diamonds, ring mountings, and the new GIA and AGS cut grading systems.
Chapter titles include: Diamond Price Factors in a Nutshell; Carat Weight; Diamond Shapes and Cutting Styles; Diamond Color; Judging Cut Quality; Judging Clarity and Transparency; Diamond or Imitation?; Diamond Treatments; Synthetic Diamonds; Gold; Platinum & Palladium; Choosing an Appropriate Setting Style; Choosing a Diamond Ring ; How to Care For and Protect Your Diamond Ring; and Tips on Smart Buying. As stated by a reviewer of the American Library Association's Booklist, the Diamond Ring Buying Guide has "a wealth of information. . . delves into the intricacies of shape, carat weight, color, clarity, setting style, and cut-keeping explanations streamlined enough so even the first-time diamond buyer can confidently choose a gem."
Illustration Details: 274 photos (228 in color), diagrams, tables and charts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780929975405
  • Publisher: Intl Jewelry Pubns
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Newman Gem and Jewelry Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 433,716
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Diamond Price Factors in a Nutshell
Why the 4 C’s is not an Adequate Pricing System
Price Factors Explained
What Kind of Diamond Should You Buy?
My Diamond Recommendations for Wedding & Engagement Rings
My Diamond Recommendations for Jewelry Other than Bridal Rings
My Advice on Diamonds Bought for Possible Resale or Investment
2.The Diamond—Just Another Rock?
A Message From the Spokesman for the Diamond Kingdom
3. Carat Weight
Effect of Carat Weight on Price
Estimating Carat Weight
Size Versus Carat Weight
4. Diamond Shapes and Cutting Styles
Diamond Terms Defined
Cutting Styles
New Cutting Styles
The Effect of Shape on Diamond Prices
Judging Shape
What Shape is Best for You?
5. Diamond Color
How to Grade Color
How Objective are Color Grades?
Diamond Fluorescence
Fancy Color Diamonds
Diamond Color Treatments
Why Color-Treated Diamonds Aren’t as Well Accepted as Other Treated Gems
6. Judging Cut Quality
Judging the Face-Up View
Judging the Profile
"Ideal-Cut" Diamonds
Judging Brilliance
Judging Cut with the Eye Instead of with Numbers
7. Judging Clarity and Transparency
Examining Diamonds for Clarity
Diamond Inclusions
Surface Blemishes
Clarity Grading Explained
How Lighting Can Affect Your Perception of Clarity
Judging Transparency
Why Transparency is Listed as a Separate Price Factor in This Book
8. Diamond or Imitation?
9. Diamond Treatments
Fracture Filling
Detecting Fracture Fillings
Laser Drilling
Coatings
Irradiation + Heating
High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) Treatment
10. Synthetic Diamonds
Synthetic Versus Natural
Detecting Synthetic Diamonds
11. Gold and Platinum
Gold and Platinum Terminology
Karat Value (Gold Fineness)
Which is Better—14K or 18K Gold?
Platinum Content and Notation
Which is Better—A White Gold, Yellow Gold or Platinum Setting?
Platinum versus White Gold Jewelry
12. Choosing an Appropriate Setting Style
13. Choosing a Diamond Ring
The Significance of the Diamond Ring
Choosing a Ring Style
Factors Affecting the Cost of Mountings
Tips on Buying Custom-Made Rings
14. How to Care For and Protect Your Diamond Ring
Cleaning Your Diamond Ring
Preventing Your Diamonds From Being Switched
15. Tips on Smart Buying
Chapter Quizzes
Bibliography
Index
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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    Excellent book for 1st time engagement ring buyers!

    Heard about this book from bridaltips.com. I had used another one of their guides on buying a car and was absolutely the best guide for car shopping (even free!) Although it's not as easy to have those same shopping tips when engagement ring shopping, they did get me to this book and it was wonderful. A thorough detail of topics, beautiful illustrations and really gave you a chance to get up to speed. Between this book and going to a number of different jewelers to see how they showed you their rings, what inventory they had, etc. I was so much better prepared. I was looking for a great exposure to topics, terms and what the heck I was looking at and looking for. With such a large purchase, I definitely recommend getting this book to insure you know what you're looking for and get a beautiful engagement ring that you're happy with and no regrets later.

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