Colored Gemstones, 3rd Edition—The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide
How to Select, Buy, Care for & Enjoy Sapphires, Emeralds, Rubies and Other Colored Gems with Confidence and Knowledge
Antoinette Matlins, PG
6 x 9, 232 pp, 24 full-color pages, with over 200 color and b/w photos and illus., index, Quality Paperback Original , 978-0-943763-72-9
Newly updated and expanded,
GEMSTONES gives you all the
information you need to buy,
or simply enjoy—sapphires,
emeralds, rubies and
other colored gemstones with
confidence and knowledge.
With more varieties than ever before to
choose from, including altogether new gems, revolutionary new cuts and new ways to buy
gems—such as Internet auctions and TV
shopping—there has never been a more exciting time to buy
or collect colored gemstones. But there are also new high-tech
treatments and sophisticated frauds to look out for. Lack of
information, error or misrepresentation can make the thrill of
buying a gem or piece of jewelry confusing, intimidating,
overwhelming and costly. Buyers need a
source of expert guidance.
This practical, comprehensive,
easy-to-understand guide provides all the information you need
in order to know what to look for, and what to look out
What qualifies as a
How to evaluate color—and its
impact on price.
Deciding between a natural gem and an enhanced gem …
and new glass-gemstone compositions.
Colored gemstone synthesis and
What to ask when buying the stone.
What to get in writing.
How to get what you want within your
Price guides for popular gems, opals
and synthetic stones.
Important information about buying
on the Internet.
... and much more!
Written by an “insider,” this easy-to-read guide is the “unofficial
colored gemstone bible” for
anyone who wants to get the most for their money and enjoy what they have purchased.
“Top-notch … enables one to
find what one is looking for in seconds.… Written to
inform consumers about gemstones. But the trade should not
dismiss it.… The book aims not only to inform the
consumer about gemstones, but also at creating a better
Colored Gemstone Association Gazette
“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
and Diamonds buying guides.”
“With Antoinette Matlins’ name
on the cover, the reader knows the text will be useful. Ms.
Matlins is internationally recognized as an authority on gems
and the gem market. [A] useful reference and guide for dealers,
buyers and owners of gemstones.”
“Excellent.… From collectors of
gemstones and jewelry to those who want a basic buying guide
for contemporary gems. From understanding the basic factors
which denote quality in a gem to evaluating different types of
gems and asking the right questions when buying, this is packed
“An absolute must-read.”
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); Gem Identification Made Easy: A Hands-On Guide to
More Confident Buying & Selling; The Pearl Book: The
Definitive 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
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.