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Gemstone Buying Guide: A Guide to BuyingGemstone Buying Guide: A Guide to Buying
by Renee Newman

"Praiseworthy, a beautiful gem-pictorial reference and a help to everyone in viewing colored stones as a gemologist or gem dealer would . . .
One of finest collections of gem photographs I've ever seen.  The amount of work in this book is to be believed only by holding it in your hands. If you see the book, you will probably purchase it on the spot."
Anglic Gemcutter

"With colour on almost every opening few could resist this book whether or not they were in the gemstone and jewelry trade . . .here the reader is given all the information needed to show the customer what a stone is, interesting facts about particular species and advice on cleaning and conservation. . . we are show how to evaluate cuts, styles, color, inclusions.
Treatments, phenomenal stones and synthetic stones are also described.  Beautifully produced with fresh photographs of a high standard, it could be sold to the customer along with their gemstone or jewelry purchase."
Journal of Gemmology

"This is a quality buying guide that is recommended for purchase to consumers, gemmologists and students of gemmology -- irrespective of their standard of knowledge of gemmology.  The information is comprehensive, factual and well presented.  Particularly noteworthy in this book are the 189 quality colour photographs that have been carefully chosen to illustrate the text."
Australian Gemmologist

Simon and Schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious StonesSimon and Schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious Stones
by C. Ciprianai, A. Borelli, Kennie Lyman

Simon and Schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious Stones provides both the connoisseur and the casual collector with a compact, easy-to-use volume describing more than 100 rare varieties of minerals whose beauty and mystery have possessed our imaginations from time immemorial.

More than 450 brilliant photographs accompany profiles of each gem, covering such aspects as appearance, physical properties -- density, hardness, refraction -- occurrence, and how to judge quality and value.

Additional sections describe the process of cutting gemstones and the techniques professional gemologists use to evaluate a stone's weight and optical properties. 

Detailed and comprehensive, this book is essential for anyone interested in the study of gems and precious stones. 

Gem Identification Made Easy, 2nd Edition: A Hands-On Guide to More Confident Buying & SellingGem Identification Made Easy, 2nd Edition: A Hands-On Guide to More Confident Buying & Selling
by Antoinette L. Matlins, Antonio C. Bonanno

New, revised, expanded edition of the first and only book of its kind. Covers the latest gems, synthetics, treatments, and instruments. Easy to use. Practical. Non-technical.

Shows how to identify diamonds, colored gemstones, and pearls, and separate them from fakes and look-alikes.  Explains what instruments are needed, how to use them, where to get them, and what should be seen for each gemstone.No science background necessary.

Colored Gemstones -- The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide:
How to Select, Buy, Care for & Enjoy Sapphires, Emeralds, Rubbies and Other Colored Gems with Confidence and Knowledge

by Antoinette L. Matlins

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 before 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 also 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. 

And much, 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.

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