Diamonds, 2nd Edition—The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide
How to Select, Buy, Care for & Enjoy Diamonds with Confidence and Knowledge
Antoinette Matlins, P.G.
6 x 9, 216 pp, 12 pages in beautiful full color, with over 150 color and b/w photographs and illustrations, index, Quality Paperback Original , 978-0-943763-46-0
Newly updated and expanded, Diamonds
gives you all the information you need
to buy, collect,
sell—or simply enjoy—diamonds with confidence and
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
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
How to compare prices.
How to spot differences in stones
that may appear to be the same quality.
How to protect yourself from
Questions to ask when buying any
What to get in writing.
How to get what you want within your
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.
Praise for Antoinette Matlins’
Books on Gems & Jewelry
“The book you can’t do without
… all the information you need, in no-nonsense
“An appropriate book for the
uninformed public, but more than that, it is a good reference
book for jewelers and their staffs, gem collectors, students of
gemology, travelers, teachers, and even those who know gemology
but want a state-of-the-art review.”
“Almost every newly-engaged couple is
eager to know as much as possible about their
once-in-a-lifetime purchase … the diamond engagement ring
… take(s) the guesswork out of this important decision
… be able to obtain the best value for your money.”
“Restores the magic! [Will] entertain
and enlighten all its readers and save some from heartbreak.
“ All the information you need to
buy, collect, sell or simply enjoy diamonds … written by
‘insider’ Antoinette Matlins. Practical,
comprehensive and easy to understand, this book offers in depth
all the information you need to buy sparkling diamonds with
—Antwerp Facets Diamond High Council
“ In an easy-to-read, easy-to-use
guide Matlins covers in-depth all the latest trends and
treatments…. Provides consumers with a virtual
‘key’ to getting the stone they really want at the
“ The information needed for
investing and purchasing gems of all types. Highly
Antoinette Matlins, P.G., is an
internationally respected gem and jewelry expert, author, and
lecturer. Recently honored with the international Accredited
Gemologists Association’s highest award for excellence in
gemology, Ms. Matlins is the author of many books that are
widely used throughout the world by consumers and professionals
in the gem and jewelry field. Her books include