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Appraising and Buyer's Guide Books


Book28 - Colored Gemstones - $18.99
Colored Gemstones Colored Gemstones
The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide
by Antoinette Matlins
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 203 pages, copyright 2010
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Newly updated and expanded, Colored Gemstones 2nd edition gives you all the information you need to buy, collect, sell - or simply enjoy - sapphires, emeralds, rubies and other colored gemstones with confidence and knowledge. With more varieties than ever to choose from, including altogether new gems., revolutionary new cuts, and new ways to buy gems - such as Internet auctions and TV shopping - there has never been a more exciting time to buy or collect colored gemstones.

But there are new high-tech treatments and sophisticated frauds to look out for. Lack of information, error, or misrepresentation can make the thrill of buying a gem or piece of jewelry confusing, intimidating, overwhelming, and costly. Buyers need a source of expert guidance.

This practical, comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide provides all the information you need in order to know what to look for, and what to look out for, including: What qualifies as a "gemstone"? How to evaluate color - and its impact on price. Deciding between a natural gem and an enhanced gem. Colored gemstone synthesis and treatment. What to ask when buying the stone. What to get in writing, How to get what you want within your budget. Price guides for popular gems, opals and synthetic stones. Important information about buying on the Internet... and much more! Written by an "insider," this easy-to-read guide is the "unofficial colored gemstone bible" for anyone who wants to get the most for their money and enjoy what they have purchased.


Book29 - Diamonds - $18.99
Diamonds Diamonds
The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide
by Antoinette Matlins
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 192 pages, copyright 2006
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Newly updated and expanded, Diamonds 2nd edition gives you all the information you need to buy, collect, sell - or simply enjoy - diamonds with confidence and knowledge. Whether you are buying a diamond for an engagement ring, anniversary, to commemorate a special moment, or for personal pleasure, today it is more important than ever to understand what you are buying. There are new shapes and cuts, fancy colors, high tech treatments, and sophisticated frauds. There are new ways to buy - such as Internet auctions and TV shopping. Buyers need a source of expert guidance.

Practical, comprehensive, and easy to understand, this book offers in depth all the information you need to buy sparkling diamonds with confidence, including: What is a diamond? The factors affecting quality differences in diamonds. Diamond grading reports and how to interpret them. How to compare prices. How to spot differences in stones that may appear to be the same quality. How to protect yourself from misrepresentation. Questions to ask when buying a diamond. What to get in writing. How to get what you want within your budget. Important information about buying on the Internet... and much more! Written by an "insider," this easy-to-read guide is the "unofficial diamond bible" for anyone who wants to get the most for their money and enjoy what they have purchased.


Book79 - Gems & Jewelry Appraising - $39.95
Gems & Jewelry Appraising Gems & Jewelry Appraising
Techniques of Professional Practice
by Anna M. Miller
Hard cover, 9" x 11.25", 222 pages, copyright 1999

Gems & Jewelry Appraising is the premier book of its kind, now updated and expanded. Gems & Jewelry Appraising, 2nd Editioncovers all the standards, procedures, and ethics of appraising gems, jewelry, and other valuables.

Each step involved in conducting an appraisal is fully explained, with photos, case studies, key documents, worksheets and pricing data included. Registered Master Value Anna M. Miller gives professional guidance and step-by-step instructions on how to Build a Clientele, Set Fees, Get Publicity, Handle Insurance Replacement Claims, Photograph Gems and Jewelry, Research and Write Reports, Test Metals, Research Provenance, Master the Different Approaches to Valuation, Use Price Guides, Understand Legal and Ethical Aspects of Appraising, and more!

This resource offers all the information that practicing or aspiring appraisal professionals will need to establish an appraisal business, handle various kinds of appraisals - for insurance, divorce, inheritance, liquidation, collateral and tax donation - and provide an accurate, verifiable estimate of value.


Book31 - The Pearl Book - $19.99
The Pearl Book The Pearl Book
The Definitive Buying Guide
by Antoinette Matlins
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 211 pages, copyright 2008
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The Perl Book tells you everything you need to know about pearls to fully understand and appreciate them, and avoid any unexpected (and costly) disappointments, now and in future generations.

Topics covered include: The rich history and romance surrounding pearls; Differences between natural, cultured, and imitation pearls: What they are, how they differ, and how to tell them apart; The five factors that determine pearl value; How to judge quality, with tips on how to see the differences with the naked eye; Comparisons of all types of pearls, in every size and color, from every pearl producing country in the world; What to guard against: Artificial enhancements and misrepresentation; How to wear and care for pearls; Pearl prices: From affordable to astronomical; Magnificent pearl jewelry - conversations with the world's leading pearl experts, who offer "insider" insights and advice; Important resource information, including sample lab reports, a pearl glossary, and more.

Chapters include: (1) Most Ancient of Gems, Most Precious of Gems, (2) Legendary Pearls, Legendary Tales, (3) Pearls in the Making, (4) Different Types of Pearls: A Pearl for Every Mood, (5) Quality - Key to Lasting Beauty, (6) Artificial Enhancements Used on Lackluster Pearls, (7) How to Choose Fine Pearls, (8) Pearl Choices - A Wide Variety, (9) Pearl Prices - Some Guidelines, (10) The Experts Speak, (11) Great Jewelers on Great Pearls, (12) Magnificent Auctions Highlight Magnificent Pearls, (13) Wearing Pearls with Style, (14) Caring for Pearls to Keep Them Lustrous, (15) What to Ask When Buying Pearls, (16) Good Insurance Requires a Good Appraisal, and (17) Getting a Laboratory Report.

Price guides include American Cultured Freshwater Pearls, Cultured Saltwater Pearls, South Sea Cultured Pearls, Tahitian Black Cultured Pearls, and Chinese Freshwater Pearl Necklaces, Mabé.

Special charts include Nacre Thickness, Grading Nacre Thickness in Japanese Pearl Strands, Misnomers and What They Really Are, Popular Uniform Necklace Lengths, and Popular Graduated Necklace Lengths.

Appendices include Where to Go for Additional Information, Selected Readings, A Practical Pearl Glossary, and Credits. A comprehensive index is provided.


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