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Title:
Gem identification made easy : a hands-on guide to more confident buying & selling
Author:
Matlins, Antoinette Leonard.
Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Woodstock, Vt. : GemStone Press, [1997]

©1997
Physical Description:
xxii, 322 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, (some color) ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780943763163
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

An easy-to-use book that shows how anyone can learn to identify most of the gems and synthetics found in the marketplace. This practical book is essential reading for collectors, dealers, or students alike on how to avoid costly mistakes and recognize profitable opportunities.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

An accessible, practical guide to gem identification speaks to anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of recognizing and identifying gemstones and synthetics. The authors (father and daughter gemologists) explain how to set up a simple testing laboratory before introducing gem identification instruments and discussing proper skills and techniques. Numerous tables, charts, and black-and-white and color photographs accent the logically structured material, which concludes with an enlightening segment on antique and period jewelry. A useful resource for a specialty audience. Index. ~--Sue-Ellen Beauregard


Library Journal Review

Focusing on gemology as a science rather than a fine art, the authors have written an honest and straightforward book that lays the groundwork for identifying gemstones in an easy-to-read-and-understand volume. They outline useful information on setting up a lab, securing proper lighting, and identifying the essential and optional instruments used in successful gem identification. They also explain how to identify the myriad inclusions and blemishes found in natural and synthetic gemstones and devote a section to enhancement techniques found in antique and estate jewelry. Recommended.-- Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.