Jewelry & Gems--The Buying Guide, 7th Edition: How to Buy Diamonds, Pearls, Colored Gemstones, Gold & Jewelry with Confidence and Knowledge [NOOK Book]

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Jewelry & Gems--The Buying Guide, 7th Edition: How to Buy Diamonds, Pearls, Colored Gemstones, Gold & Jewelry with Confidence and Knowledge

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Overview

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
Instant Answers ... to All Your Questions
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!
Praise for Jewelry & Gems: The Buying Guide
"Includes all kinds of fun facts to know and tell ... an essential resource for the gem buyer."
- Art & Antiques
"Restores the magic! [Will] entertain and enlighten all its readers and save some from heart-break. Recommended reading."
- Paul Harvey, Paul Harvey News
"Takes the guesswork out of this important decision ... obtain the best value for your money."
- Modern Bride
"A book designed to build trust between jewelry retailers and consumers."
- National Jeweler
"We have seen no work more practical and accurate than [this book] ... the investor, or engagement ring buyer, who follows the dictates ... which are well explained and illustrated, will surely avoid being burned ... the best of its kind and likely to be of enormous value to anyone."
- Frederick H. Pough, PhD
Former Curator of Gems and Minerals, American Museum of Natural History, N.Y.C.
"Most certainly achieves its aim of helping consumers buy gems and jewelry with confidence and knowledge ... highly recommended."
- Asian Jewelry
"Especially useful to service members shopping overseas."
- Financial Planning Guide
Supplement to Army, Navy and Air Force Times

"A very comprehensive book on buying jewelry and gems . . . well laid out and an easy read with tons of information."
- The Jewelry Appraiser

"An appropriate book for the uninformed public, but more than that, it is a good reference book for jewelers and their staffs, gem collectors, students of gemology, travelers, teachers, and even those who know gemology but want a state-of-the-art review."
- Lapidary Journal
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); The Pearl Book: The Definitive Buying Guide; Colored Gemstones: The Antoinette Matlins 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).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780943763842
  • Publisher: GemStone Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 611,836
  • File size: 11 MB
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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 Seventh Edition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xvii
PART ONE Getting to Know Gems
1 Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
2 Looking for a Gem That's a "Cut Above". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
PART TWO Diamonds
3 The Magic of Diamonds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
4 The Importance of Cut & Proportion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
5 Body Color. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
6 Clarifying Clarity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
7 Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
8 False Claims & Costly Bargains: How to Spot Fraud and Avoid Misrepresentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
9 Comparing Diamond Prices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
PART THREE Colored Gemstones
10 The Mystery & Magic of Colored Gems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
11 Determining Value in Colored Gems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
12 Colored Gemstone Treatment & Synthesis. . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
13 Fraud & Misrepresentation in Colored Gems . . . . . . . . . . 133
14 Buying Colored Gems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
15 Colorful Choices in Colored Gemstones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
16 Pearls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
PART FOUR
Design &Style: Getting the Look You Want
17 Rare and Precious: Gold & Platinum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
18 Choosing the Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
19 Antique and Period Jewelry: Back by Popular Demand . . . 243
PART FIVE Important Advice Before You Buy
20 What to Ask When Buying the Stone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
21 How to Select a Reputable Jeweler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265
22 A Word about Gemstone Investment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269
23 Buying on the Internet: E-Commerce &
Online Auctions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
PART SIX Important Advice After You Buy
24 Choosing the Appraiser & Insurer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
Appendix
A Selected List of Recognized Laboratories . . . . . . . . . 292
Selected Readings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293
Color Plates and Exhibits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 296
Index 300
Price Guides
Diamond Price Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94–97
Colored Gem Price Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159–164
Pearl Price Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Opal Price Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Special Charts and Tables
Diamond Color Grades. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Commonly Used Diamond Color Grading Systems . . . . 42
viii CONTENTS
Commonly Used Diamond Clarity (Flaw)
Grading Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Sizes and Weights of Various Diamond Cuts . . . . . . . . . 66
Diameters and Corresponding Weights of Round
Brilliant-Cut Diamonds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Comparison of Diamonds and Diamond Look-Alikes . . 91
Zodiac Stones, Birthstones, and Anniversary Stones . . 102
Gemstone Clarity Classifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Colored Gems—Descriptive Names and Misnomers . . 147
Some Popular Gem Alternatives by Color . . . . . . . . . . 152
How Treatments Affect Prices of Colored Gems . . . . . 154
Gemstones That Are Not Routinely Enhanced . . . . . . 155
Gold Marks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
How Alloys Affect Color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
International Ring Size Equivalents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242

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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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