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Diamonds, 2nd Edition: The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide

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

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Newly updated and expanded, Diamonds 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 any 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.

Praise for Antoinette Matlins’ Books on Gems & Jewelry
“The book you can’t do without … all the information you need, in no-nonsense language.”
Rapaport Diamond Report
“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.”
Lapidary Journal
“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.”                      
Modern Bride
“Restores the magic! [Will] entertain and enlighten all its readers and save some from heartbreak. Recommended reading.”
Paul Harvey, Paul Harvey News
“ 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 confidence.”
—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 right prices.”
Canadian Diamonds
“ The information needed for investing and purchasing gems of all types. Highly recommended.”
        —Library Journal

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  

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