Gem Identification Made Easy: A Hands-on Guide to More Confident Buying & Selling

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Gemstone Press, 2008 - Antiques & Collectibles - 354 pages
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Gem Identification Made Easy is the first and only book that explains in non-technical terms how to identify diamonds and colored gems, and how to separate natural gems from imitations, treated stones, synthetics, and look-alikes. The books approach is direct and practical, and its style easy to understand. In fact, with this highly accessible guide, anyone can begin to master gem identification.

Using a simple, step-by-step system, the authors explain how to properly use essential but uncomplicated instruments to identify stones, what to look for gemstone by gemstone, and how to set up a basic lab at modest cost. Three of the instruments are inexpensive, portable, pocket instruments that, when used together, can identify almost 85% of all precious and popular stones.

The key to avoiding costly mistakes and recognizing profitable opportunities is knowing both what to look for and what to look out for.

Gem Identification Made Easy will help you:

  • Open your eyes to the types of treatments, imitations, synthetics, look-alikes, and fakes in the gem market today.
  • Learn how to tell the difference between them. Quickly spot:
    • Synthetics, including synthetic emeralds and diamonds
    • Filled diamonds
    • Diffused blue sapphires and red rubies
    • HPHT-treated diamonds
    • ... and much more!
  • Determine how to spot the newest composite imitations.
  • Learn how to identify recently discovered gems such as Mandarin garnet, red emerald, and North Carolinas chromium-rich emeralds.
  • Discover new treatments such as surface coatings to create fancy color diamonds and improve or change the color of many gemstones.
  • Know when to seek help from a professional gemologist or lab.
  • Become more professional in your business or hobby.
 

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Great reference book

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I am very happy with the value I received on this book. I have been looking at this book for a long time and finally found it at the right purchase and shipping price. Read full review

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I am just a beginner on gems and I found this book to be very helpful in my quest to identify different gems. Also helped with what type of equipment one needs to make the process easier. I would highly recommend this book to anyone just starting on gems identification. Read full review

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Antoinette L Matlins PG, is an internationally respected gem and jewellery expert, author, lecturer and popular media guest. Her books are widely used throughout the world by consumers and professionals in the gem and jewellery field alike. Antonio C Bonanno FGA ASA MGA, was one of America's most distinguished gemologists. For over 40 years, he was President of the National Gem Appraising Laboratory, and Director of the Columbia School of Gemology in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Antonio C. Bonanno, FGA, ASA, MGA , was founder and president of the National Gem Appraising Laboratory and director of the Columbia School of Gemology near Washington, D.C. He held the coveted "Master Gemologist Appraiser" title (MGA), the highest distinction awarded to gem and jewelry appraisers from the American Society of Appraisers. He worked with gems and minerals for over sixty years, specializing in forensic gemology, and was frequently called as an expert witness in a wide range of court cases. A Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain With Distinction , he was highly esteemed in the field and holds a place in the prestigious Gemstone Hall of Fame. He founded the Accredited Gemologists Association, which created the Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology in his honor after his death in 1996.

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