Registered gemologist Newman understands this. In her two new guides, Newman continues her tradition of user-friendly texts that are technical enough to help consumers make wise purchases. Like her other well-regarded guides (e.g., The Gold Jewelry Buying Guide), this book is profusely illustrated with color photographs most by Newman showing not only the beauty of finished jewelry but close-ups and magnifications of details such as finish, settings, cut, clarity, flaws, and fakes. Sections on testing and judging the real from the fake are sophisticated enough for professionals to use. All three books are enjoyable reading, but Newman s guides are the ones to take along when shopping. Gems will find a place in larger collections in need of a broad, basic guide. Newman s books are highly recommended for both academic and public libraries of all sizes. Therese Duzinkiewicz Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.