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

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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 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 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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A leading authority in gems and gem care, Matlins has issued two additional titles in her "buying guide" series. Colored Gemstones covers traditional background information and the allure of precious ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

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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