Diamonds: The Antoinette Matlin's Buying Guide

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Diamonds gives you all the information you need to buy, collect, sell—or simply enjoy—diamonds with confidence and knowledge.

Whether you are buying a diamond for an engagement ring, anniversary, to commemorate a special moment, or for personal pleasure, today it is more important than ever to understand what you are buying. There are new shapes and cuts, fancy colors, high-tech treatments, and sophisticated frauds. There are new ways to ...

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Overview

Diamonds gives you all the information you need to buy, collect, sell—or simply enjoy—diamonds with confidence and knowledge.

Whether you are buying a diamond for an engagement ring, anniversary, to commemorate a special moment, or for personal pleasure, today it is more important than ever to understand what you are buying. There are new shapes and cuts, fancy colors, high-tech treatments, and sophisticated frauds. There are new ways to buy—such as Internet auctions and TV shopping. Buyers need a source of expert guidance.

Practical, comprehensive, and easy to understand, this book offers in depth all the information you need to buy sparkling diamonds with confidence, including:

  • What is a diamond?
  • The factors affecting quality differences in diamonds.
  • Diamond grading reports and how to interpret them.
  • How to compare prices.
  • How to spot differences in stones that may appear to be the same quality.
  • How to protect yourself from misrepresentation.
  • Questions to ask when buying any diamond.
  • What to get in writing.
  • How to get what you want within your budget.
  • Important information about buying on the Internet … and much more!

Written by an “insider,” this easy-to-read guide is the “unofficial diamond bible” for anyone who wants to get the most for their money and enjoy what they have purchased.

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Editorial Reviews

The MidWest Book Review

The newly expanded, updated edition of DIAMONDS: THE ANTOINETTE MATLINS BUYING GUIDE tells how to select, buy and care for diamonds and is a 'must' for any library catering to consumers with jewelry books. It covers everything from quality differences and grading reports to how to compare prices, spot differences in stones, and protect from misrepresentation. A 'must' for any who would collect or assess diamonds.

California Bookwatch

DIAMONDS: THE ANTOINETTE MATLINS BUYING GUIDE appears in an updated third expanded edition to survey the basics of selecting and caring for diamonds. It's been updated with all the basic information on new ways to buy - such as on the Internet - and covers everything from understanding grading and comparing prices to spotting misrepresentation and inconsistencies in diamonds. From what to ask to what to get in writing, this is a top recommendation for any consumer or gemstone reference collection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780943763460
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 925,168
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Antoinette Matlins, P.G., is an internationally respected gem and jewelry expert, author, and lecturer. Honored with the international Accredited Gemologists Association's highest award for excellence in gemology, Ms. Matlins is the author of many books that are widely used throughout the world by consumers and professionals in the gem and jewelry field. Her books include Jewelry & Gems: The Buying Guide (over 400,000 copies now in print—the only book of its kind ever offered by Consumer Reports); Gem Identification Made Easy: A Hands-On Guide to More Confident Buying & Selling; The Pearl Book: The Definitive Buying Guide; Diamonds: The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide; Engagement & Wedding Rings: The Definitive Buying Guide for People in Love; and Jewelry & Gems at Auction: The Definitive Guide to Buying & Selling at the Auction House & on Internet Auction Sites (all GemStone Press).

Former gemology editor of National Jeweler magazine, her articles and comments on buying and selling gems and jewelry and on gem investment have appeared in many national and international consumer and trade publications. She is also the author of the "Gemstones" chapter in the Encyclopedia of Investments, 2nd Edition.

Ms. Matlins has gained wide recognition as a dedicated consumer advocate. She has spearheaded the Accredited Gemologists Association's nationwide campaign against gemstone investment telemarketing scams. A popular media guest, she has been seen on ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, educating consumers about gems and jewelry and exposing fraud.

In addition to her educational work, Ms. Matlins is retained by clients worldwide to seek fine, rare, or unusual gems and jewels for acquisition.

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Table of Contents

List of Price Guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi
List of Special Charts and Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
List of Color Photographs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viii
Preface to the Second Edition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi
Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii
PART ONE Appreciating Diamonds
1 The Magic of Diamonds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
2 Becoming Familiar with Diamonds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
3 Looking for a Diamond Thats a Cut Above . . . . . . . . . . 13
PART TWO Diamonds
4 What Is a Diamond?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
5 The Importance of Cut & Proportion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
6 Body Color. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
7 Clarifying Clarity: How Flaws Affect Diamonds . . . . . . . . . 55
8 Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
9 Diamond Grading Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
10 False Claims & Costly Bargains: How to Spot Fraud and Avoid Misrepresentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
11 Comparing Diamond Prices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
12 Fancy-Color Diamonds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
PART THREE
Design &Style: Getting the Look You Want
13 Choosing the Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
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PART FOUR
Important Advice Before &After You Buy
14 What to Ask When Buying the Stone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
15 How to Select a Reputable Jeweler
& Gemologist Consultant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
16 Buying on the Internet: E-Commerce &Online Auctions . . 163
17 Choosing the Appraiser & Insurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
18 Caring for Your Diamond Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Appendix
Selected Laboratories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Selected Readings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Color Plates and Exhibits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Index 187
Price Guides
Retail Price Guide for Old-European Cut Diamonds . . . 40
Retail Price Guide for Rose-Cut Diamonds . . . . . . . . . . 41
Retail Price Guide for Briolette-Cut Diamonds . . . . . . . 41
Retail Price Guide for Round
Brilliant-Cut Diamonds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120–122
Retail Price Guide for Fancy-Color Diamonds . . . 137–139
Retail Price Guide for Fancy-Color Permanently
Enhanced Diamonds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Retail Price Guide for Fancy-Color Synthetic
Diamonds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Retail Price Guide for HPHT-Treated Fancy-Color
Diamonds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
A Sampling of Prices of Fancy-Color Diamonds Sold at Auction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
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Special Charts and Tables
Diamond Color Grades. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Commonly Used Diamond Color Grading Systems . . . . 47
Commonly Used Diamond Flaw (Clarity)
Grading Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Sizes and Weights of Various Diamond Cuts . . . . . . . . . 69
Diameters and Corresponding Weights of Round
Brilliant-Cut Diamonds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Acceptable Tolerances for Round Diamonds . . . . . . . 77
Depth Percentage Guidelines Used Generally. . . . . . . . . 82
Table Percentage Guidelines Used Generally . . . . . . . . . 83
Comparison of Diamonds and Diamond Look-Alikes . 117
International Ring Size Equivalents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
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