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Over 400,000 Copies in Print
Know What You Want, Know What You’re Buying,
Learn the Secrets to Get the Most for Your Money
Easy to Read • Easy to Understand
Practical • Complete

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Completely Updated & Expanded 7th Edition!

Purchasing gems and jewelry can be a magical experience, filled with excitement and anticipation. But lack of information, error, or misrepresentation can make the thrill of buying a gem or piece of jewelry confusing, intimidating, overwhelming, and costly.

To help you avoid the pitfalls and keep the magic, two internationally respected experts on buying gems and jewelry put their inside knowledge to work for you in this easy-to-read, easy-to-use guide. It is filled with practical advice and is designed to make it easy for you to have all the information you need to buy gems and jewelry with confidence.

Recommended by consumer and jewelry trade reviewers around the world, it is already in use in over 100 countries and has been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Hungarian, Russian and Japanese. Over 400,000 copies are now in print and this revised, updated, expanded edition covers even more: buying and selling on the internet, dazzling new diamond cuts, recently discovered gems … and new treatments and trickery to look out for. There are fascinating mythical and magical tidbits, and practical tips that could only come from an insider.

In simple, straightforward terms you’ll learn about the four Cs and how to juggle them to get what you want, at the price you want to pay; what to look for, and look out for; all about gold and platinum, jewelry design, and some of the country’s leading designers. You’ll learn what questions to ask and what to get in writing, and even how to select the jeweler, appraiser, and insurer.

The authors leave no stone unturned to give you everything you need to know—whether you are a novice or a connoisseur. With Jewelry & Gems: The Buying Guide, you’ll find the experience can be a joy, and the gems and jewelry you select a source of lasting pleasure!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780943763477
  • Publisher: GemStone Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Series: Jewelry and Gems: the Buying Guide Ser.
  • Edition description: 6TH
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (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.

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

List of Price Guides viii
List of Special Charts and Tables viii
List of Color Photographs ix
Acknowledgments x
Preface to the Sixth Edition xi
Introduction xvii
Part 1 Getting to Know Gems
1 Becoming Intimate with Gems 3
2 Looking for a Gem That's a "Cut Above" 9
Part 2 Diamonds
3 The Magic of Diamonds 17
4 The Importance of Cut & Proportion 21
5 Body Color 39
6 Clarifying Clarity 49
7 Weight 59
8 False Claims & Costly Bargains: How to Spot Fraud and Avoid Misrepresentation 65
9 Comparing Diamond Prices 87
Part 3 Colored Gemstones
10 The Mystery & Magic of Colored Gems 95
11 Determining Value in Colored Gems 101
12 Colored Gemstone Treatment & Synthesis 119
13 Fraud & Misrepresentation in Colored Gems 127
14 Buying Colored Gems 145
15 Colorful Choices in Colored Gemstones 161
16 Pearls 197
Part 4 Design & Style: Getting the Look You Want
17 Rare and Precious: Gold & Platinum 211
18 Choosing the Setting 227
19 Antique and Period Jewelry: Back by Popular Demand 233
Part 5 Important Advice Before You Buy
20 What to Ask When Buying the Stone 245
21 How to Select a Reputable Jeweler 255
22 A Word about Gemstone Investment 259
23 Buying on the Internet: E-Commerce & Online Auctions 263
Part 6 Important Advice After You Buy
24 Choosing the Appraiser & Insurer 273
Selected Laboratories 283
Selected Readings 285
Color Plates and Exhibits 289
Index 294
Price Guides
Diamond Price Guide 88
Colored Gem Price Guide 153
Pearl Price Guide 156
Opal Price Guide 159
Special Charts and Tables
Diamond Color Grades 41
Commonly Used Diamond Color Grading Systems 44
Commonly Used Diamond Clarity (Flaw) Grading Systems 53
Sizes and Weights of Various Diamond Cuts 60
Diameters and Corresponding Weights of Round Brilliant-Cut Diamonds 62
Comparison of Diamonds and Diamond Look-Alikes 85
Zodiac Stones, Birthstones, and Anniversary Stones 96
Gemstone Clarity Classifications 109
Colored Gems-Descriptive Names and Misnomers 141
Gem Alternatives by Color 146
How Treatments Affect Prices of Colored Gems 148
Gemstones That Are Not Routinely Enhanced 149
Gold Marks 213
How Alloys Affect Color 214
International Ring Size Equivalents 232
Color Photograph Sections
Gemstones (first color section)
Rare and Distinctive-Fancy Natural-Color Diamonds
Red and Pink Gemstones to Warm Any Heart
Blue Gemstones Offer Heavenly Choices
Yellow and Orange Gems to Brighten the Day
Green Gems That Everyone Will Envy
Opals-A Fiery World of Color
Ornamental Stones and Decorative Art
Popular Diamond Shapes ... Old & New
Jewelry (second color section)
Platinum-Rarest and Purest of Precious Metals
Gold-A Favorite from Ancient Times ... to the Present (two pages)
Pearls-Lustrous Beauty for Every Mood (two pages)
Fine Jewelry Design-Art You Can Wear/New Metals-New Looks (two pages)
Popular Ring Styles
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    A Must Have

    This is a very well put together book. It goes in depth enough to help you make the right decisions yet in a non complicated easy to follow manner. It is not a book to read once or twice, great for reference too. Enjoy.

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