Diamonds - The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide: How to Select, Buy, Care for and Enjoy Diamonds with Confidence and Knowledge

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Gemstone Press, 2011 - Antiques & Collectibles - 222 pages

Newly updated and expanded, Diamonds 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. 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?
  • An in-depth look at factors affecting differences in quality and cost.
  • Diamond grading reports--why all the information is important, and what it tells you.
  • 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 any 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.


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The Magic of Diamonds
Looking for a Diamond Thats a Cut Above
PART TWO Diamonds
Body Color
Diamond Color Grades
How Flaws Affect Diamonds
Commonly Used Diamond Clarity Grading Systems
Comparing Colorless Diamond Prices
Comparing Fancy NaturalColor and TreatedColor
A Word about Synthetic Diamonds
Getting the Look You Want and Keeping It That
International Ring Size Equivalents 180
Choosing the Design of the Setting
Caring for Your Diamond Jewelry

Sizes and Weights of Various Diamond Cuts
How to Read Diamond Grading Reports
Acceptable Tolerances for Round Diamonds
Table Percentage Guidelines Used Generally
How to Spot Fraud
Comparison of Diamonds and Diamond LookAlikes
How to Select a Reputable Jeweler
Choosing the Appraiser Insurer
A Selected List of Recognized Laboratories
Classic Diamond Shapes
Price Guides

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

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 print--the 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.

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