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This updated and revised Diamond Ring Buying Guide: 8th Edition provides concise yet detailed information on diamond quality evaluation, lab-grown diamonds, fakes, gem treatments, cutting styles, gold, platinum, palladium, silver, alternative metals, settings, ring selection, diamond grading reports, gem care and buying tips. The information contained within will help buyers select the best diamonds and mounting for their budget and needs. Written in clear, everyday English and accompanied by lots of color photos, the book provides step-by-step instructions for evaluating diamonds and settings. It's a course on judging diamonds in book form, with diagrams, charts, quizzes and close-up photos that show what diamonds look like under a microscope and loupe. The Diamond Ring Buying Guide has helped thousands of diamond buyers make smart choices and is a useful reference for jewelry salespeople when answering customers' questions about diamonds, precious metals, settings and jewelry mountings.