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Diamonds : the Antoinette Matlins buying guide : how to select, buy, care for & enjoy diamonds with confidence and knowledge
Matlins, Antoinette Leonard.
Publication Information:
Woodstock, Vt. : GemStone Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xv, 184 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
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TS753 .M38 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Whether buying for personal pleasure or for investment, in today's market-of Internet auctions, new diamond cuts, new colors, new treatments and new frauds-buyers need a source of expert guidance. This comprehensive guide, from diamond expert and best-selling author Antoinette Matlins, is the "unofficial bible" for all diamond buyers who want to get the most for their money. Easy to read, practical, and easy to understand, Diamonds: The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide explains in detail everything you need to know to buy and care for diamonds with confidence and knowledge.

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Library Journal Review

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 and semiprecious stones, including emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and others. The text and appendixes include charts, graphs, and a guide for purchasing and valuing stones, as well as advice on gem care and how to avoid scams. Color inserts highlight stones by color and showcase special jewelry design and styles. Diamonds focuses on the unique quality of this special gem. The text offers advice on appreciating diamonds, their qualities and characteristics, and setting and purchasing details. Color inserts highlight shapes and settings that accent the beauty of this gem of all gems. While these are formula books in the mold of Matlins's previous titles (Jewelry and Gems, The Pearl Book), they include extensive appendixes that cover the information needed for investing and purchasing gems of all types. Highly recommended for public libraries. Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Libs., Johnson City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

List of Price Guidesp. vi
List of Special Charts and Tablesp. vi
List of Color Photographsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Part 1 Appreciating Diamonds
1 The Magic of Diamondsp. 3
2 Becoming Intimate with Diamondsp. 7
3 Looking for a Diamond That's a "Cut Above"p. 13
Part 2 Diamonds
4 What Is a Diamond?p. 21
5 The Importance of Cut and Proportionp. 23
6 Body Colorp. 41
7 Clarifying Clarity: How Flaws Affect Diamondsp. 53
8 Weightp. 65
9 Diamond Grading Reportsp. 71
10 False Claims and Costly Bargains: How to Spot Fraud and Avoid Misrepresentationp. 91
11 Comparing Diamond Pricesp. 111
12 Fancy-Color Diamondsp. 115
Part 3 Design and Style: Getting the Look You Want
13 Choosing the Settingp. 137
Part 4 Important Advice Before and After You Buy
14 What to Ask When Buying the Stonep. 145
15 How to Select a Reputable Jeweler and Gemologist Consultantp. 151
16 Buying on the Internet: E-Commerce and Online Auctionsp. 155
17 Choosing the Appraiser and Insurerp. 163
18 Caring for Your Diamond Jewelryp. 169
Selected Laboratoriesp. 175
Selected Readingsp. 176
Color Plates and Exhibitsp. 177
Indexp. 179
Price Guides
Retail Price Guide for Round Brilliant-Cut Diamondsp. 112
Retail Price Guide for Fancy-Color Diamondsp. 129
Prices of Rare Fancy-Color Diamonds Sold at Auctionp. 131
Retail Price Guide for Fancy-Color Synthetic Diamondsp. 132
Retail Price Guide for HPHT Treated-Color Natural Diamondsp. 133
Retail Price Guide for Old-European Cut Diamondsp. 38
Retail Price Guide for Rose-Cut Diamondsp. 39
Retail Price Guide for Briolette-Cut Diamondsp. 39
Special Charts and Tables
Diamond Color Gradesp. 44
Commonly Used Diamond Color Grading Systemsp. 45
Commonly Used Diamond Flaw (Clarity) Grading Systemsp. 61
Sizes and Weights of Various Diamond Cutsp. 67
Diameters and Corresponding Weights of Round Brilliant-Cut Diamondsp. 68
Comparison of Diamonds and Diamond Look-Alikesp. 110
International Ring Size Equivalentsp. 142
Color Photograph Section
Classic Diamond Shapes
The Shape of Things to Come
A Blend of Old and New
Fancy Natural-Color Diamonds (2 pages)
Diamonds Sparkle in Contemporary and Classic Jewelry (2 pages)
Diamonds Sparkle Any Time (2 pages)
Popular Ring Styles
Contemporary Bands
Natural Diamonds in Treated Colors and Synthetic Diamonds in New Colors, Too