The Jeweler's Directory of Gemstones

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 Gemstone groups 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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 190 x 244 x 14mm | 566.99g
  • Buffalo, N.Y., United States
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 1770851089
  • 9781770851085
  • 75,852

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[Review of hardcover edition] Intended to help the average person learn enough about the properties of gems and the design and marketing of gems and jewelry so they can buy stones or jewelry on the open market. The author accomplishes this purpose admirably using myriad color photo of gems, natural crystals, and fine jewelry... Even those of us who do not buy gems can learn much from this work.--Bob Jones"Rock and Gem" (07/01/2007)show more

About Judith Crowe

Judith Crowe is a jewelry-maker and gemstone dealer in London, more