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Pearl Buying Guide


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Initially published in 1992, the Pearl Buying Guide was the first book to give consumers details on judging pearl quality and value. The 207 new color photos in this updated 5th edition show new types of pearls, clasps and jewelry styles. Updated information has been provided on natural pearls, treatments, cultivation and identification techniques, and a brief chapter on antique pearl jewelry has been added. Written for both consumers and professionals, the Pearl Buying Guide gives step by step visual pointers on how to select flattening pearls that will give you maximum enjoyment. Library Journal described a previous edition of the Pearl Buying Guide as: “An interesting and easy-to-understand guide to buying, evaluating, selecting and caring for pearls and pearl jewelry. The opening chapters point out common mistakes made when buying pearls. Other chapters focus on evaluating pearl types and shapes, luster, nacre thickness, color, flaws, size, and make. Additional chapters cite differences in South Sea, black, and freshwater pearls as well as imitation, natural and cultured pearls. The closing chapters highlight the proper way to care for pearls as well as creative ways to wear them. The many photographs are valuable in illustrating the characteristics of and differences among pearls. Overall the guide is useful to all types of readers.” The San Jose Mercury News said “If you're thinking of investing in pearls, invest $20 first in the Pearl Buying Guide by Renée Newman. Even if you already own pearls, this book has good tips on care and great ideas on different ways to wear pearls.” A reporter for the Boston Herald wrote: “With loads of photos to illustrate her points, Newman tells readers how to check a pearl's luster, nacre, color, and flaws . . . a gem-dandy guide to picking right-price pearls.”

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In this update of the 2004 edition (of a guide first published in 1992), a gemologist who has written other books on gems and jewelry discusses the types of pearls, criteria for judging the genuineness and quality of pearls and pearl jewelry, how to care for and wear them (including the practical aspect of usable clasps), and pricing factors. A new chapter covers antique and heirloom pearl jewelry. Photos illustrate color, shape, and design variations. Information is also given on testing labs, and the chemical, physical, and optical properties of pearls. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


A guide to evaluating, identifying, selecting and caring for pearl jewelry and all types of pearls including natural and cultured akoya, freshwater, South Sea, black, conch, clam, and scallop pearls.

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How to Identify and Evaluate Pearls & Pearl Jewelry
Newman, Renee
Intl Jewelry Pubns
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