Gem Identification Made Easy: A Hands-on Guide to More Confident Buying and Selling

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Gem Identification Made Easy is the first and only book that explains in non-technical terms how to identify diamonds and colored gems, and how to separate natural gems from imitations, treated stones, synthetics, and look-alikes. The book's approach is direct and practical, and its style easy to understand. In fact, with this highly accessible guide, anyone can begin to master gem identification.

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Overview

Gem Identification Made Easy is the first and only book that explains in non-technical terms how to identify diamonds and colored gems, and how to separate natural gems from imitations, treated stones, synthetics, and look-alikes. The book's approach is direct and practical, and its style easy to understand. In fact, with this highly accessible guide, anyone can begin to master gem identification.

Contents: Setting Up a Basic Lab; Proper Lighting; How to Use Each Instrument & What It Will Show; Major Errors and How to Correct Them, and more. Appendixes: Charts & Tables of Gemstone Properties, Schools, Laboratories, Associations and Publications, Readings. Glossary. Index.

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Rapaport Diamond Report
The book you can't do without. . .all the information you need, in no-nonsense language.
Library Journal
Focusing on gemology as a science rather than a fine art, the authors have written an honest and straightforward book that lays the groundwork for identifying gemstones in an easy-to-read-and-understand volume. They outline useful information on setting up a lab, securing proper lighting, and identifying the essential and optional instruments used in successful gem identification. They also explain how to identify the myriad inclusions and blemishes found in natural and synthetic gemstones and devote a section to enhancement techniques found in antique and estate jewelry. Recommended.-- Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
Booknews
Explains in non-technical terms how to set up a simple, inexpensive lab, use the equipment, and distinguish natural gems from synthetics or treated stones. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Booknews
Explains such protections as how to recognize a colorless sapphire that has been diffusion treated to be blue only on the surface, rubies that have cracks filled with glass, and emeralds with inferior color and clarity that look like exceptionally fine emeralds after cracks in it are filled. Updated from the 1989 edition with recent developments in the field of gems and in the relevant sciences. Includes a few color plates and a glossary without pronunciation.
Rapaport Diamond Rept.
The book you can't do without. . .all the information you need, in no-nonsense language.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780943763163
  • Publisher: Gemstone Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents


List of Tables xi List of Color Plates xii Preface to the Fourth Edition xiii Acknowledgments xvii Introduction Anna M. Miller xix Part 1 Before Beginning
1 Before Beginning 3 Part 2 Getting Ready
2 Setting Up the Lab 11
3 Proper Lighting for Gem Identification 35 Part 3 The Essential Instruments-What They Are and How to Use Them
4 The Loupe and Dark-Field Loupe 47
5 The Chelsea Filter and Synthetic Emerald Filter 73
6 The Dichroscope 89
7 The Ultraviolet Lamp 107
8 The Refractometer 127
9 The Microscope 145 Part 4 Optional Instruments-When and How to Use Them
10 The Spectroscope 171
11 The Polariscope 185
12 The Diamond-Type Spotter and Blue Diamond Tester-Essential Tools for Diamond Buyers 191
13 The Immersion Cell 207
14 The Electronic Diamond Tester 219
15 The Carbide Scriber-An Essential Tool for Diamond Buyers 227
16 The "Synthetic Diamond Detectors" 233 Part 5 Antique and Estate Jewelry
17 Antique and Estate Jewelry-The True Test of Gem Identification Skill 241 Part 6 Appendices Gemstone Property Tables 283 Glossary 293 Recommended Reading 301 Where to Go for Additional Gemological Training 307 International List of Gem Testing Laboratories and Gemologists 319 International List of Associations 337 Selected List of Gem Identification Equipment Suppliers in the United States and Canada 344 Index 347
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    Visit to ur show room

    Quasar Gems & Jewelry We r doing import/export Business of Gems & Jewelry in Pakistan. So we want to visit to ur showroom & do some business with u. If u have the +ive response then send me ur offer letter at the given e-mail address. Thank You. Javed.

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