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

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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.

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.

"Restores the magic! [Will] entertain and enlighten all its readers and save some from heartbreak. Recommended reading."---Paul Harvey, Paul Harvey News

"An appropriate book for the uninformed public, but more than that, it is a good reference book for jewelers and their staffs, gem collectors, students of gemology, travelers, teachers, and even those who know gemology but want a state-of-the-art review."---Lapidary Journal

"Includes all kinds of fun facts to know and tell ... an essential resource for the gem buyer."---Art & Antiques

"Takes the guesswork out ... [helps you] obtain the best value for your money."---Modern Bride

"Well explained and illustrated ... the best of its kind and likely to be of enormous value to anyone."---Frederick H. Pough, Ph.D., former curator of gems & minerals, American Museum of Natural History, NYC

Purchasing colored gemstones can be a magical experience, filled with excitement and anticipation. But lack of information, error, or misrepresentation can make buying gemstones confusing, intimidating, overwhelming, and costly.

To help you avoid the pitfalls and keep the magic, Antoinette Matlins, P.G., an internationally respected expert on buying gems, puts her insider knowledge to work for you in this easy-to-read, easy-to-use guide. Filled with practical advice, it gives you all the information you need to buy colored gems with confidence.

Author of Jewelry & Gems: The Buying Guide---the only book of its kind ever offered by Consumer Reports and in use in over 100 countries---Matlins turns her attention exclusively to colored gemstones, covering in depth all the latest trends, treatments, and trickery to look out for, as well as fascinating mythical tidbits. In simple, straightforward terms, she offers practical tips that could only come from an "insider."

The author leaves no stone unturned to give you everything you need to know---whether you are a novice or a connoisseur. With Colored Gemstones: The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide, you'll find the experience of buying gemstones can be a joy, and the gemstones and jewelry you select a source of lasting pleasure!

"To answer critical buying questions, it takes an author who has been immersed in the jewelry business, has seen the full range of material, and is able to share those experiences in a thorough yet easy-to-read manner. Antoinette Matlins has managed to do just that with her Colored Gemstones and Diamonds buying guides."---Gems & Gemology

"With Antoinette Matlins' name on the cover, the reader knows the text will be useful. Ms. Matlins is internationally recognized as an authority on gems and the gem market. [A] useful reference and guide for dealers, buyers and owners of gemstones."---Rock & Gem

"Excellent.... From collectors of gemstones and jewelry to those who want a basic buying guide for contemporary gems. From understanding the basic factors which denote quality in a gem to evaluating different types of gems and asking the right questions when buying, this is packed with guidelines."---Midwest Book Review

"An absolute must-read."---Mazal U'Bracha Diamonds

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About the author (2010)

Antoinette Matlins, P.G., is an internationally respected gem and jewelry expert, author, and lecturer. Honored with the international Accredited Gemologists Association's highest award for excellence in gemology, Ms. Matlins is the author of many books that 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 print---the only book of its kind ever offered by Consumer Reports); Gem Identification Made Easy: A Hands-On Guide to More Confident Buying & Selling; The Pearl Book: The Definitive Buying Guide; Diamonds: The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide; 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, 2nd Edition.

Ms. Matlins has gained wide recognition as a dedicated consumer advocate. She has spearheaded the Accredited Gemologists Association's nationwide campaign against gemstone investment telemarketing scams. 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.

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