The first and only book that explains in non-technical terms how to identify diamonds and colored gems, and how to separate natural gems from imitations, treated stones, synthetics, and look-alikes. The books approach is direct and practical, and its style easy to understand. In fact, with this highly accessible guide, anyone can begin to master gem identification. This is the companion book for the authors' Jewelry & Gems: The Buying Guide.
Using a simple, step-by-step system, the authors explain how to properly use essential but uncomplicated instruments to identify stones, what to look for gemstone by gemstone, and how to set up a basic lab at modest cost. Three of the instruments are inexpensive, portable, pocket instruments that, when used together, can identify almost 85% of all precious and popular stones. These items, seen on the books back cover, include a jewelers loupe, a chelsea filter and a dichroscope (available in the related items below). The key to avoiding costly mistakes and recognizing profitable opportunities is knowing both what to look for and what to look out for.
Gem Identification Made Easy will help you:
- Open your eyes to the types of treatments, imitations, synthetics, look-alikes, and fakes in the gem market today
- Learn how to tell the difference between them. Quickly spot:
- Synthetics, including synthetic emeralds and diamonds
- Filled diamonds
- Diffused "blue" sapphires and "red" rubies
- HPHT-treated diamonds
- .....and much more!
- Learn how to identify recently discovered gems such as "Mandarin" garnet, red "emerald", and North Carolina's chromium-rich emeralds
- Discover new treatments such as surface coatings to create "fancy color" diamonds and improve or change the color of many gemstones
- Know when to seek help from a professional gemologist or lab
- Become more professional in your business or hobby
"The book you cant do without... all the information you need, in no-nonsense language."
-Rapaport Diamond Report
"Great book... 'Real life' gemology."
-Ian Mercer, director of education, Gemmological Association of Great Britain
Hardcover: 368 pages (Over 150 photos & illus., 75 in color)
Authors: Antoinette Leonard Matlins, Antonio C. Bonanno
Edition: 5th, illustrated
Publisher: Gemstone Press
Dimensions: 6.5" x 9.25" x 1.25" inches
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