The book couples in love have been waiting for. . .revised and updated!
Engagement & Wedding Rings takes the fear and anxiety out of buying an engagement or wedding ring, restoring the romance and the magic of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Inside Engagement & Wedding Rings, you'll find everything you need to know to select, buy and enjoy ... to truly experience the wonder and excitement that should be part of findingor creating that "perfect" ring.
Engagement & Wedding Rings;is filled with useful information to help you make the right choice, including:
- Romantic traditions behind engagement and wedding rings.
- How to select the right design and style for you.
- Tricks to get what you want on a budget.
- Steps to compare prices properly.
- How to select the perfect bridal pearls.
- The latest cuts, ring styles and designs.
- Secrets to differences in diamonds and colored gemstones that may appear to be the same quality.
- How to select your jeweler, appraiser and insurer.
- What to do to protect yourself against fraud and misrepresentationwhat to ask and what to get in writing.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Edition description:||3rd Edition, Updated and Expanded|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Antoinette Matlins, PG, FGA, is an internationally respected gem and jewelry expert, author and lecturer. With over 1 million copies of her seven books in print in nine languages, she is the most widely read author in the world on the subject of jewelry and gems. Honored with the international Accredited Gemologists Association's highest award for excellence in gemology, Ms. Matlins’ books 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 printthe only book of its kind ever offered by Consumer Reports ); Colored Gemstones: The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide ; The Pearl Book: The Definitive Buying Guide ; Gem Identification Made Easy ; 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 , second edition.
Ms. Matlins has gained wide recognition as a dedicated consumer advocate, and continues to spearhead the Accredited Gemologists Association’s nationwide campaign against gemstone investment telemarketing scams and other types of consumer misrepresentation. 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.
Table of Contents
ContentsAcknowledgments ixIntroduction xOld-European Cut Diamond Price Guide 50Diamond Price Guides 105–108Worksheet to Help You Select Your Rings 272PART ONEEngagement and Wedding Rings through the Ages 11. The Romance of the Ring 32. Engagement and Wedding Ring Traditions 7PART TWOGetting to Know Gems 153. Becoming Intimate with Gems 174. Looking for a Gem That's a "Cut Above" 23PART THREEDiamond Engagement and Wedding Rings 295. Selecting the Diamond 316. The Importance of Cutting and Proportioning in Diamond 357. Body Color 518. Clarification on Clarity: How Flaws A∂ect Diamonds 639. Carat Weight 7510. Tips on Getting the Diamond You Really Want, within Your Budget 8111. How to Read a Diamond Grading Report 8712. Comparing Diamond Prices 10313. False Claims and Costly Bargains:How to Spot Fraud and Avoid Misrepresentation 109PART FOURColored Gemstones in Engagement and Wedding Rings 12914. The Allure of Colored Gemstones in Betrothal Rings 13115. The Magic and Mystery of Colored Gems 13316. Determining Value in Colored Gems 143vii17. Colored Gemstone Treatments 16318. Fraud and Misrepresentation in Colored Gems 16919. Popular Colored Gemstones 17520. Pearls: A 3,000-Year-Old Tradition for the Bride 195PART FIVEDesign and Style: Getting the Look You Want 20121. Choosing the Shape 20322. Choosing Your Setting 20723. Gold or Platinum for your Rings? 21524. Choosing the Wedding Bands 22525. The Heirloom Ring 229PART SIXImportant Advice Before You Buy 23526. What to Ask When Buying the Stone 23727. Deciding Where to Make the PurchaseRetailer or E-retailer 247PART SEVENImportant Advice After You Buy 25528. Choosing the Appraiser and Insurer 25729. Caring for Your Engagement and Wedding Rings 265PART EIGHTAppendices 269A Selected List of Laboratories That Provide InternationallyRecognized Reports of Genuineness and Quality 270International Ring Size Equivalents 271Worksheet to Help You Select Your Rings 272Selected Readings 273Text and Color Insert Credits 275Index 278