The Pearl Book: The Definitive Buying Guide - How to Select, Buy, Care for and Enjoy Pearls
Everything you need to buy beautiful pearls with confidence.
With today's finest cultured pearls rivaling diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire in terms of popularity, rarity and price, more and more people are searching for a reliable source of information to guide them in the fascinating and complex world of pearls--natural, cultured and imitation.
This revised and updated third edition is a comprehensive, authoritative guide that tells readers everything they need to know about pearls to fully understand and appreciate them, and avoid any unexpected--and costly--disappointments, now and in future generations.
Special Feature: Exclusive interviews with the world's leading authorities on pearls, who offer "insider" insights and advice.
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The pearl book: the definitive buying guide: how to select, buy, care for & enjoy pearlsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Buying guides for gems and jewelry appear on the market with some regularity, and these two are similar in scope and content to their predecessors. Cuellar, founder and president of Diamond Cutters ... Read full review
Matlins has written a comprehensive work on pearls for the connoisseur and amateur alike. One would like to see an updated version of this standard work since the pearl market and pearl growing and processing technologies have expanded in the second decade of the 21st century. For the median-income pearl buyer and aficionado, this is probably the best "generalist" work on pearls available today.
Most Ancient of Gems Most Precious of Gems
Legendary Pearls Legendary Tales
Part Two What Is a Pearl?
Pearls in the Making
Part Three The Difference Quality Makes
QualityKey to Lasting Beauty
Artificial Enhancements Used
Part Four Selecting Pearls to Treasure
The Experts Speak
Great Jewelers on Great Pearls
Magnificent Auctions Highlight
Part Six Wearing and Caring for Pearls
Wearing Pearls with Style
Grading Nacre Thickness in Japanese Pearl Strands 75
Caring for Pearls to Keep Them Lustrous
How to Choose Fine Pearls
Pearl ChoicesA World of Variety
Pearl PricesSome Guidelines
Where to Go for Additional Information 199
Part Five Lustrous Advice from Illustrious Experts
Part Seven Important Advice Before and After You Buy
What to Ask When Buying Pearls
Good Insurance Requires a Good Appraisal
Getting a Laboratory Report