The Jeweler's Directory of Gemstones: A Complete Guide to Appraising and Using Precious Stones From Cut and Color to Shape and Settings

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For goldsmiths, collectors, jewelry-makers, investors, retailers and consumers.

The trade of gemstones is a highly specialized and often secretive business. Using The Jeweler's Directory of Gemstones, written by an expert gemstone dealer and designer, will provide any consumer with the insider knowledge needed to make accurate judgments of gemstones, to recognize low- and high-quality stones, and to make a good buy rather than a bad one.

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Overview

For goldsmiths, collectors, jewelry-makers, investors, retailers and consumers.

The trade of gemstones is a highly specialized and often secretive business. Using The Jeweler's Directory of Gemstones, written by an expert gemstone dealer and designer, will provide any consumer with the insider knowledge needed to make accurate judgments of gemstones, to recognize low- and high-quality stones, and to make a good buy rather than a bad one.

Each full-color spread is packed with concise text, annotated drawings and beautiful photographs, including a showcase of virtuoso jewelry designs. Great for informed consumers, the book includes:

  • Sources and grading
  • Traditional and modern settings
  • Cutting and faceting
  • Designing a special setting
  • Gemstone groups
  • Appraising, buying and handling gemstones
  • Diamond types and pearls
  • Spotting synthetics and fakes.

Here is a sampling of the practical insider information in this book:

  • Using a loupe to examine a stone
  • Understanding laser cutting and carving
  • Identifying synthetic diamonds
  • Buying at gem fairs and from dealers
  • Cleaning and storing stones.

No other book has this kind expert advice — up-to-date, clearly presented and fully illustrated — on evaluating and using gemstones.

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Editorial Reviews

Tacoma Way News Tribune
[Review of hardcover edition] A valuable tool for understanding and using gemstones... an important investment for those devoted to fine gems.

— Kathleen Webb

Rock and Gem
[Review of hardcover edition] Intended to help the average person learn enough about the properties of gems and the design and marketing of gems and jewelry so they can buy stones or jewelry on the open market. The author accomplishes this purpose admirably using myriad color photo of gems, natural crystals, and fine jewelry... Even those of us who do not buy gems can learn much from this work.

— Bob Jones

American Reference Books Annual
[Review of hardcover edition] For jewelers, but it is just as well suited for buyers and wearers of gemstone jewelry.

— Lori D.Kranz

Art Jewelry Magazine
[Review of hardcover edition] A reasonably thorough, convenient resource for anyone wanting to buy and use gemstones in their jewelry....Extremely useful, and I strongly recommend it.
Bloomsbury Review
[Review of hardcover edition] The lavish full-color photographs are well balanced with the text, making this book a feast for the eye.

— Lori D. Kranz

Rock and Gem - Bob Jones
[Review of hardcover edition] Intended to help the average person learn enough about the properties of gems and the design and marketing of gems and jewelry so they can buy stones or jewelry on the open market. The author accomplishes this purpose admirably using myriad color photo of gems, natural crystals, and fine jewelry... Even those of us who do not buy gems can learn much from this work.
California Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review - Diane C. Donovan
[Review of hardcover edition] An invaluable resource.... Libraries will find this holds wide appeal for a range of gem crafters.
American Reference Books Annual - Lori D.Kranz
[Review of hardcover edition] For jewelers, but it is just as well suited for buyers and wearers of gemstone jewelry.
Toronto 24 Hours - Tanya Enberg
[Review of hardcover edition] A blend of delightful eye candy with sapphires, emeralds, rubies, jade, quartz and pearls and practical lessons about to look for in a piece, the best cuts, and how to detect the synthetic stones from the fakes. A beautiful tabletop book for those who adore jewelry and an excellent education resource for consumers.
Tacoma Way News Tribune - Kathleen Webb
[Review of hardcover edition] A valuable tool for understanding and using gemstones... an important investment for those devoted to fine gems.
The Record (New Westminster, BC) - Annie Boulanger
[Review of hardcover edition] A welcome book for anyone in the craft.
Bloomsbury Review - Lori D. Kranz
[Review of hardcover edition] The lavish full-color photographs are well balanced with the text, making this book a feast for the eye.
Toronto 24 Hours
A beautiful tabletop book for those who adore jewelry and an excellent education resource for consumers.
— Tanya Enberg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770851085
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 366,689
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Crowe is a jewelry-maker and gemstone dealer in London, England.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction 8

Section 1 Creating Gemstones Cally Oldershaw 10

Gemstone formation 12

Sourcing and availability 14

Mining and collecting 16

Usage and supply chains 18

Properties of gemstone material 20

Inclusions and optical phenomena 24

Gemstone cuts 26

Faceted round cuts 28

Faceted square cuts 30

Cabochons 32

Cutting to order 34

Beads 36

Natural crystals 38

Carving your own 40

Section 2 Types of Gemstone Cally Oldershaw 42

Gemstone treatments 44

Gemstone family tree 46

1 Corundum 48

2 Chrysoberyl 52

3 Spinel 54

4 Topaz 56

5 Beryl 58

6 Sillimanite 61

7 Tourmaline 62

8 Iolite 65

9 Quartz 66

10 Zircon 70

11 Garnet 72

12 Chalcedony and agate 74

13 Jade 78

14 Spodumene 80

15 Zoisite 82

16 Peridot 84

17 Prehnite 85

18 Feldspar 86

19 Sugilite 90

20 Kyanite 91

21 Opal 92

22 Hematite 96

23 Tugtupite 97

24 Diopside 98

25 Scapolite 99

26 Turquoise 100

27 Lapis lazuli 102

28 Sphene 103

29 Natural glass: obsidian and moldavite 104

30 Apatite 105

31 Hemimorphite 106

32 Rhodochrosite 107

33 Fluorite 108

34 Malachite 109

35 Diamond 110

Organics 122

36 Pearl 123

37 Amber 132

38 Coral 135

39 Shell 138

Section 3 Designing with Gemstones 140

Settings 142

Color 144

Texture and luster 146

Size 148

Single stones 150

Grouped stones 152

Fragile stones 154

Nonstandard gemstone forms 156

Beads, drops and briolettes 158

The ring 160

Practical Advice 162

Handing gemstones 163

Appraising gemstones 164

Buying gemstones 166

Resources 167

Glossary 170

Index 172

Credits 176

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