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The pearl book : the definitive buying guide : how to select, buy, care for & enjoy pearls
Matlins, Antoinette Leonard.
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Woodstock, Vt. : GemStone Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
x, 198 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
General Note:
New edition, updated, expanded"--Cover.
Format :


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TS755.P3 M38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Selected Contents

Updated retail price guides New types of pearls now on the market Important up-to-date resource information, including pearl glossary, size charts, sample lab reports and more New pearl producing locales, their products and what these new choices have to offer The rich history and romance surrounding pearls The five factors that determine a pearl's value How to distinguish the differences between natural, cultured and imitation pearls How to judge pearl quality, including tips on how to see differences with the naked eye How to wear and care for pearls Magnificent pearl creations from the world's leading jewelers What to look for, and what to look out for: How to spot fakes Treatments: Good and bad

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. ix
Part 1 Pearls: First Among Gemsp. 1
Chapter 1 Most Ancient of Gems, Most Precious of Gemsp. 3
Chapter 2 Legendary Pearls, Legendary Talesp. 14
Part 2 What Is a Pearl?p. 21
Chapter 3 Pearls in the Makingp. 23
Chapter 4 Different Types of Pearls: A Pearl for Every Moodp. 38
Part 3 The Difference Quality Makesp. 57
Chapter 5 Quality--Key to Lasting Beautyp. 59
Chapter 6 Artificial Enhancements Used on Lackluster Pealsp. 76
Part 4 Selecting Pearls to Treasurep. 85
Chapter 7 How to Choose Fine Pearlsp. 87
Chapter 8 Pearl Choices--A World of Varietyp. 90
Chapter 9 Pearl Prices--Some Guidelinesp. 100
Part 5 Lustrous Advice from Illustrious Expertsp. 111
Chapter 10 The Experts Speakp. 113
Chapter 11 Great Jewelers on Great Pearlsp. 134
Chapter 12 Magnificent Auctions Highlight Magnificent Pearlsp. 148
Part 6 Wearing and Caring for Pearlsp. 157
Chapter 13 Wearing Pearls with Stylep. 159
Chapter 14 Caring for Pearls to Keep Them Lustrousp. 166
Part 7 Important Advice Before and After You Buyp. 169
Chapter 15 What to Ask When Buying Pearlsp. 171
Chapter 16 Good Insurance Requires a Good Appraisalp. 176
Chapter 17 Getting a Laboratory Reportp. 179
Where to Go for Additional Informationp. 187
Selected Readingsp. 188
A Practical Pearl Glossaryp. 190
Creditsp. 193
Indexp. 195
Price Guides
American Cultured Freshwater Pearlsp. 101
Cultured Saltwater Pearl Necklacesp. 102
South Sea Cultured Pearlsp. 105
Tahitian Black Cultured Pearlsp. 106
Chinese Freshwater Pearl Necklacesp. 109
Mabe Pearlsp. 110
Special Charts
Nacre Thicknessp. 67
Grading Nacre Thickness in Japanese Pearl Strandsp. 69
Misnomers and What They Really Arep. 83
Popular Uniform Necklace Lengthsp. 165
Popular Graduated Necklace Lengthsp. 165
Color Photograph Section