Gem Identification Made Easy, 4th Edition: A Hands-On Guide to More Confident Buying & Selling [NOOK Book]

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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 books 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.

Using a simple, step-by-step system, the authors explain how to properly use ...

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Gem Identification Made Easy, 4th Edition: A Hands-On Guide to More Confident Buying & Selling

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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 books 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.

Using a simple, step-by-step system, the authors explain how to properly use essential but uncomplicated instruments to identify stones, what to look for gemstone by gemstone, and how to set up a basic lab at modest cost. Three of the instruments are inexpensive, portable, pocket instruments that, when used together, can identify almost 85% of all precious and popular stones.

The key to avoiding costly mistakes and recognizing profitable opportunities is knowing both what to look for and what to look out for.

Gem Identification Made Easy will help you:

  • Open your eyes to the types of treatments, imitations, synthetics, look-alikes, and fakes in the gem market today.
  • Learn how to tell the difference between them. Quickly spot:
    • Synthetics, including synthetic emeralds and diamonds
    • Filled diamonds
    • Diffused blue sapphires and red rubies
    • HPHT-treated diamonds
    • ... and much more!
  • Determine how to spot the newest composite imitations.
  • Learn how to identify recently discovered gems such as Mandarin garnet, red emerald, and North Carolinas chromium-rich emeralds.
  • Discover new treatments such as surface coatings to create fancy color diamonds and improve or change the color of many gemstones.
  • Know when to seek help from a professional gemologist or lab.
  • Become more professional in your business or hobby.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780943763897
  • Publisher: GemStone Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 10 MB

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.

Antonio C. Bonanno, FGA, ASA, MGA, was founder and president of the National Gem Appraising Laboratory and director of the Columbia School of Gemology near Washington, D.C. He held the coveted "Master Gemologist Appraiser" title (MGA), the highest distinction awarded to gem and jewelry appraisers from the American Society of Appraisers. He worked with gems and minerals for over sixty years, specializing in forensic gemology, and was frequently called as an expert witness in a wide range of court cases. A Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain With Distinction, he was highly esteemed in the field and holds a place in the prestigious Gemstone Hall of Fame. He founded the Accredited Gemologists Association, which created the Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology in his honor after his death in 1996.

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Table of Contents

Contents
List of Tables • xi
List of Color Plates • xii
Preface to the Fourth Edition • xiii
Acknowledgments • xvii
Introduction by 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
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2009

    I recommend it for companies or individuals who have fully equipped gemological labs. Unfortunately, very few pictures presented.

    I recommend it for companies or individuals who have fully equipped gemological labs. Unfortunately, very few pictures presented.

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