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 , 978-0-943763-71-2
Over 400,000 Copies in Print
What You Want, Know What You’re Buying,
Secrets to Get the Most for Your Money
Easy to Read
Easy to Understand
Instant Answers ... to All Your
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
“Restores the magic! [Will] entertain
and enlighten all its readers and save some from heart-break.
“Takes the guesswork out of this
important decision ... obtain the best value for your
“A book designed to build trust
between jewelry retailers and consumers.”
“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
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.”
“Especially useful to service members
— Financial Planning
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.”
“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.”
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
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