The Jeweler’s Directory of Gemstones: A Complete Guide to Appraising and Using Precious Stones From Cut and Color to Shape and Settings
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For goldsmiths, collectors, jewelry-makers, investors, retailers and consumers.
The trade of gemstones is a highly specialized and often secretive business. Using The Jeweler’s Directory of Gemstones, written by an expert gemstone dealer and designer, will provide any consumer with the insider knowledge needed to make accurate judgments of gemstones, to recognize low- and high-quality stones, and to make a good buy rather than a bad one.
Each full-color spread is packed with concise text, annotated drawings and beautiful photographs, including a showcase of virtuoso jewelry designs. Great for informed consumers, the book includes:
Sources and grading
Traditional and modern settings
Cutting and faceting
Designing a special setting
Appraising, buying and handling gemstones
Diamond types and pearls
Spotting synthetics and fakes.
Here is a sampling of the practical insider information in this book:
Using a loupe to examine a stone
Understanding laser cutting and carving
Identifying synthetic diamonds
Buying at gem fairs and from dealers
Cleaning and storing stones.
No other book has this kind expert advice — up-to-date, clearly presented and fully illustrated — on evaluating and using gemstones.
About the Author
Judith Crowe is a jewelry-maker and gemstone dealer in London, England.