Synopses & Reviews
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, and Russian. Over 250,000 copies are now in print and this revised, updated, expanded edition covers even more: online auctions, 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.
"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, Ph.D., Former Curator of Gems and Minerals, American Museum of Natural History, New York City