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Colored Gemstones Order This Book
Colored Gemstones
The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide
by Antoinette Matlins
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 203 pages, copyright 2010
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Newly updated and expanded, Colored Gemstones 2nd edition gives you all the information you need to buy, collect, sell - or simply enjoy - sapphires, emeralds, rubies and other colored gemstones with confidence and knowledge. With more varieties than ever to choose from, including altogether new gems., revolutionary new cuts, and new ways to buy gems - such as Internet auctions and TV shopping - there has never been a more exciting time to buy or collect colored gemstones.

But there are new high-tech treatments and sophisticated frauds to look out for. Lack of information, error, or misrepresentation can make the thrill of buying a gem or piece of jewelry confusing, intimidating, overwhelming, and costly. Buyers need a source of expert guidance.

This practical, comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide provides all the information you need in order to know what to look for, and what to look out for, including: What qualifies as a "gemstone"? How to evaluate color - and its impact on price. Deciding between a natural gem and an enhanced gem. Colored gemstone synthesis and treatment. What to ask when buying the stone. What to get in writing, How to get what you want within your budget. Price guides for popular gems, opals and synthetic stones. Important information about buying on the Internet... and much more! Written by an "insider," this easy-to-read guide is the "unofficial colored gemstone bible" for anyone who wants to get the most for their money and enjoy what they have purchased.


Diamonds Order This Book
Diamonds
The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide
by Antoinette Matlins
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 192 pages, copyright 2006
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Newly updated and expanded, Diamonds 2nd edition gives you all the information you need to buy, collect, sell - or simply enjoy - diamonds with confidence and knowledge. Whether you are buying a diamond for an engagement ring, anniversary, to commemorate a special moment, or for personal pleasure, today it is more important than ever to understand what you are buying. There are new shapes and cuts, fancy colors, high tech treatments, and sophisticated frauds. There are new ways to buy - such as Internet auctions and TV shopping. Buyers need a source of expert guidance.

Practical, comprehensive, and easy to understand, this book offers in depth all the information you need to buy sparkling diamonds with confidence, including: What is a diamond? The factors affecting quality differences in diamonds. Diamond grading reports and how to interpret them. How to compare prices. How to spot differences in stones that may appear to be the same quality. How to protect yourself from misrepresentation. Questions to ask when buying a diamond. What to get in writing. How to get what you want within your budget. Important information about buying on the Internet... and much more! Written by an "insider," this easy-to-read guide is the "unofficial diamond bible" for anyone who wants to get the most for their money and enjoy what they have purchased.


The Gem Merchant Order This Book
The Gem Merchant
How To Be One - How To Deal With One
by David Stanley Epstein
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 158 pages, copyright 2003
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What's the "REAL" price? How could I get a break on the price of that stone? Is the gem with more green or more yellow in it worth more? Is that gem merchant treating me fairly? How can a jeweler sell more high-profit colored stone jewelry and tie up less capital? These are some of the questions answered and some of the secrets revealed by this famous gem merchant/cutter and author. If you have asked questions like these and found evasiveness or silence as your reply, you should read this book. The Gem Merchant is not just a must for gem merchants, gemologists and appraisers; it is a book particularly for the jeweler who wants to make more money with colored stones, and for gem lovers in general.


Gems & Jewelry Appraising Order This Book
Gems & Jewelry Appraising
Techniques of Professional Practice
by Anna M. Miller
Hard cover, 9" x 11.25", 222 pages, copyright 1999

Gems & Jewelry Appraising is the premier book of its kind, now updated and expanded. Gems & Jewelry Appraising, 2nd Editioncovers all the standards, procedures, and ethics of appraising gems, jewelry, and other valuables.

Each step involved in conducting an appraisal is fully explained, with photos, case studies, key documents, worksheets and pricing data included. Registered Master Value Anna M. Miller gives professional guidance and step-by-step instructions on how to Build a Clientele, Set Fees, Get Publicity, Handle Insurance Replacement Claims, Photograph Gems and Jewelry, Research and Write Reports, Test Metals, Research Provenance, Master the Different Approaches to Valuation, Use Price Guides, Understand Legal and Ethical Aspects of Appraising, and more!

This resource offers all the information that practicing or aspiring appraisal professionals will need to establish an appraisal business, handle various kinds of appraisals - for insurance, divorce, inheritance, liquidation, collateral and tax donation - and provide an accurate, verifiable estimate of value.


Jewelry & Gems Order This Book
Jewelry & Gems
The Buying Guide
by Antoinette Matlins
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 306 pages, copyright 2009
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Know what you want. Know what you're buying. The new 6th edition of Jewelry & Gems The Buying Guide will show you the secrets to get the most for your money.

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, Jewelry & Gems The Buying Guide is already in use in over 100 countries and has been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Hungarian, and Russian. Over 300,000 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.

Chapters include: (1) Becoming Intimate with Gems, (2) Looking for a Gem That's a "Cut Above", (3) The Magic of Diamonds, (4) The Importance of Cut & Proportion, (5) Body Color, (6) Clarifying Clarity, (7) Weight, (8) False Claims & Costly Bargains: How to Spot Fraud and Avoid Misrepresentation, (9) Comparing Diamond Prices, (10) The Mystery & Magic of Colored Gems, (11) Determining Value in Colored Gems, (12) Colored Gemstone Treatment & Synthesis, (13) Fraud & Misrepresentation in Colored Gems, (14) Buying Colored Gems, (15) Colorful Choices in Colored Gemstone, (16) Pearls, (17) Rare & Precious: Gold & Platinum, (18) Choosing the Setting, (19) Antique and Period Jewelry: Back by Popular Demand, (20) What to Ask When Buying a Stone, (21) How to Select a Reputable Jeweler, (22) A Word about Gemstone Investment, (23) Buying on the Internet: E-Commerce & Online Auctions, and (24) Choosing the Appraiser & Insurer.

Appendices include: Selected Laboratories, Selected Readings and Color Plates and Exhibits. Price Guides include: Diamond Price Guide, Colored Gem Price Guide, Pearl Price Guide, and Opal Price Guide. Special Charts and Tables include: Diamond Color Grades, Commonly Used Diamond Color Grading Systems, Commonly Used Diamond Clarity (Flaw) Grading Systems, Sizes and Weights of Various Diamond Cuts, Diameters and Corresponding Weights of Round Brilliant-Cut Diamonds, Comparison of Diamonds and Diamond Look-Alikes, Zodiac Stones, Birthstones, and Anniversary Stones, Gemstone Clarity Classifications, Colored Gems - Descriptive Names and Misnomers, Gem Alternatives by Color, How Treatments Affect Prices of Colored Gems, Gemstones that Are Not Routinely Enhanced, Gold Marks, How Alloys Affect Color, and International Ring Size Equivalents.


The Pearl Book Order This Book
The Pearl Book
The Definitive Buying Guide
by Antoinette Matlins
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 211 pages, copyright 2008
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The Perl Book tells you everything you need to know about pearls to fully understand and appreciate them, and avoid any unexpected (and costly) disappointments, now and in future generations.

Topics covered include: The rich history and romance surrounding pearls; Differences between natural, cultured, and imitation pearls: What they are, how they differ, and how to tell them apart; The five factors that determine pearl value; How to judge quality, with tips on how to see the differences with the naked eye; Comparisons of all types of pearls, in every size and color, from every pearl producing country in the world; What to guard against: Artificial enhancements and misrepresentation; How to wear and care for pearls; Pearl prices: From affordable to astronomical; Magnificent pearl jewelry - conversations with the world's leading pearl experts, who offer "insider" insights and advice; Important resource information, including sample lab reports, a pearl glossary, and more.

Chapters include: (1) Most Ancient of Gems, Most Precious of Gems, (2) Legendary Pearls, Legendary Tales, (3) Pearls in the Making, (4) Different Types of Pearls: A Pearl for Every Mood, (5) Quality - Key to Lasting Beauty, (6) Artificial Enhancements Used on Lackluster Pearls, (7) How to Choose Fine Pearls, (8) Pearl Choices - A Wide Variety, (9) Pearl Prices - Some Guidelines, (10) The Experts Speak, (11) Great Jewelers on Great Pearls, (12) Magnificent Auctions Highlight Magnificent Pearls, (13) Wearing Pearls with Style, (14) Caring for Pearls to Keep Them Lustrous, (15) What to Ask When Buying Pearls, (16) Good Insurance Requires a Good Appraisal, and (17) Getting a Laboratory Report.

Price guides include American Cultured Freshwater Pearls, Cultured Saltwater Pearls, South Sea Cultured Pearls, Tahitian Black Cultured Pearls, and Chinese Freshwater Pearl Necklaces, Mabé.

Special charts include Nacre Thickness, Grading Nacre Thickness in Japanese Pearl Strands, Misnomers and What They Really Are, Popular Uniform Necklace Lengths, and Popular Graduated Necklace Lengths.

Appendices include Where to Go for Additional Information, Selected Readings, A Practical Pearl Glossary, and Credits. A comprehensive index is provided.


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