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Jewelry & Gems—The Buying Guide, 7th Edition
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Jewelry & Gems—The Buying Guide, 7th Edition
How to Buy Diamonds, Pearls, Colored Gemstones, Gold & Jewelry with Confidence and Knowledge
Antoinette Matlins, PG
& A. C. Bonanno, FGA, ASA, MGA
6 x 9, 336 pp, 16 pages in beautiful full color, with over 200 color and b/w photos & illus.; index
Quality Paperback Original, ISBN: 978-0-943763-71-2
Over  400,000 Copies in Print
Know What You Want, Know What You’re Buying,
Learn the Secrets to Get the Most for Your Money
Easy to Read • Easy to Understand
Practical • Complete
Instant Answers ... to All Your Questions
Completely Updated & Expanded 7th Edition!
Purchasing gems and jewelry can be a magical experience, filled with excitement and anticipation. But lack of information, error, or misrepresentation can make the thrill of buying a gem or piece of jewelry confusing, intimidating, overwhelming, and costly.
To help you avoid the pitfalls and keep the magic, two internationally respected experts on buying gems and jewelry put their inside knowledge to work for you in this easy-to-read, easy-to-use guide. It is filled with practical advice and is designed to make it easy for you to have all the information you need to buy gems and jewelry with confidence.
Recommended by consumer and jewelry trade reviewers around the world, it is already in use in over 100 countries and has been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Hungarian, Russian and Japanese. Over 400,000 copies are now in print and this revised, updated, expanded edition covers even more: buying and selling on the internet, dazzling new diamond cuts, recently discovered gems … and new treatments and trickery to look out for. There are fascinating mythical and magical tidbits, and practical tips that could only come from an insider.
In simple, straightforward terms you’ll learn about the four Cs and how to juggle them to get what you want, at the price you want to pay; what to look for, and look out for; all about gold and platinum, jewelry design, and some of the country’s leading designers. You’ll learn what questions to ask and what to get in writing, and even how to select the jeweler, appraiser, and insurer.
The authors leave no stone unturned to give you everything you need to know—whether you are a novice or a connoisseur. With Jewelry & Gems: The Buying Guide, you’ll find the experience can be a joy, and the gems and jewelry you select a source of lasting pleasure!
Praise for Jewelry & Gems: The Buying Guide
“Includes all kinds of fun facts to know and tell ... an essential resource for the gem buyer.”
Art & Antiques
“Restores the magic! [Will] entertain and enlighten all its readers and save some from heart-break. Recommended reading.”
Paul Harvey, Paul Harvey News
“Takes the guesswork out of this important decision ... obtain the best value for your money.”
Modern Bride
“A book designed to build trust between jewelry retailers and consumers.”
National Jeweler
“We have seen no work more practical and accurate than [this book] ... the investor, or engagement ring buyer, who follows the dictates ... which are well explained and illustrated, will surely avoid being burned ... the best of its kind and likely to be of enormous value to anyone.”
Frederick H. Pough, PhD
Former Curator of Gems and Minerals, American Museum of Natural History, N.Y.C.
“Most certainly achieves its aim of helping consumers buy gems and jewelry with confidence and knowledge ... highly recommended.”
Asian Jewelry
“Especially useful to service members shopping overseas.”
 — Financial Planning Guide
Supplement to Army, Navy and Air Force Times

“A very comprehensive book on buying jewelry and gems … well laid out and an easy read with tons of information.”
The Jewelry Appraiser

“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
Antoinette Matlins, P.G., is an internationally respected gem and jewelry expert, author, and lecturer. 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 Jewelry & Gems: The Buying Guide (over 400,000 copies now in print—the only book of its kind ever offered by Consumer Reports); The Pearl Book: The Definitive Buying Guide; Colored Gemstones: The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide; Diamonds: The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide; Engagement & Wedding Rings: The Definitive Buying Guide for People in Love; and Jewelry & Gems at Auction: The Definitive Guide to Buying & Selling at the Auction House & on Internet Auction Sites (all GemStone Press).
Former gemology editor of National Jeweler magazine, her articles and comments on buying and selling gems and jewelry and on gem investment have appeared in many national and international consumer and trade publications. She is also the author of the “Gemstones” chapter in the Encyclopedia of Investments, 2nd Edition.
Ms. Matlins has gained wide recognition as a dedicated consumer advocate. She has spearheaded the Accredited Gemologists Association’s nationwide campaign against gemstone investment telemarketing scams. A popular media guest, she has been seen on ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, educating consumers about gems and jewelry and exposing fraud.
In addition to her educational work, Ms. Matlins is retained by clients worldwide to seek fine, rare, or unusual gems and jewels for acquisition.
Antonio C. Bonanno, F.G.A., P.G., A.S.A., noted gemologist and appraiser, was president of National Gem Appraising Laboratory, and director of Columbia School of Gemology near Washington, D.C. He held the coveted “Master Gemologist Appraiser” title (M.G.A.), the highest distinction awarded to gem and jewelry appraisers of the American Society of Appraisers. He worked with gems and minerals for over fifty years, specializing in forensic gemology. One of the first Americans to become a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain “With Distinction,” he also was an Associate of the Alumni of the Gemological Institute of America. Highly esteemed in the field, he was president of the Accredited Gemologists Association. Today, three daughters and one son, all professional gemologists, carry on his dedication to gemological research and educating professionals and consumers alike.
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