Diamonds, 3rd 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, 240 pp, 12 pages in beautiful full color, with over 150 color and b/w photos & illus., index, Quality Paperback Original , 978-0-943763-73-6
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. 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?
An in-depth look at factors
affecting differences in quality and cost.
Diamond grading reports—why all the
information is important, and what it tells you.
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 best ‘how to buy a
diamond’ book on the market…. A tremendous tool for
“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…. [This book] take[s] the guesswork out of this
important decision … [and helps you] obtain the best
value for your money.”
“Restores the magic! [Will] entertain
and enlighten all its readers and save some from heartbreak.
“To answer critical buying questions,
it takes an author who has been immersed in the jewelry
business, has seen the full range of material, and is
able to share those experiences in a thorough yet
easy-to-read manner. Antoinette Matlins has managed to do just
that with her Colored Gemstones and Diamonds buying guides.”
“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. 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); Colored Gemstones: The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide;
The Pearl Book: The Definitive Buying Guide; Gem Identification
Made Easy; 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
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, second 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.