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Diamond Ring Buying Guide: How to Evaluate, Identify, and Select Diamonds & Diamond Jewelry (Newman Gem & Jewelry Series)
by Renee Newman, GG
This is a full-colour book that will help you to select and evaluate diamonds and diamond jewellery. This updated edition has 140 new photographs of ring styles, coloured diamonds and contemporary diamond cuts. Information has also been added on palladium, diamond treatments, fancy coloured diamonds, synthetic diamonds, ring mountings, and the new GIA and AGS cut grading systems.

Gems & Gemology in Review:
Treated Diamonds

By James Shigley
Once limited to easily detected dyes and coatings, diamond treatments pose formidable challenges for today s jewelers and gemologists. Gems & Gemology, GIA s award-winning quarterly journal, has combined 70 years of its coverage in a new volume titled Gems & Gemology in Review: Treated Diamonds. This book marks the third installment in G&G s review series, following Synthetic Diamonds (2005) and Colored Diamonds (2006). Edited by GIA distinguished research fellow Dr. James E. Shigley, Treated Diamonds covers the range of enhancement techniques that have been performed to improve color (coating, irradiation, and high-pressure/high-temperature annealing) and clarity (laser drilling and fracture filling).

Diamond Handbook: A Practical Guide to Diamond Evaluation (Newman Gem & Jewelry Series)
by Renee Newman
This handbook updates jewellery professionals and serious diamond buyers on the new developments in diamond grading, treatments, synthetic diamonds, fancy-colour diamonds and lab certificates. Using close-up photographs, it shows how to make visual judgements about clarity, transparency, cut quality and brilliance. The handbook also discusses how gem labs are incorporating brightness, size, scintillation and pattern into their cut grades, and it provides tips on detecting treatments and man-made diamonds.

Gems & Gemology in Review:
Synthetic Diamonds

by James Shigley
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has compiled more than 30 years of synthetic diamond research in this comprehensive volume. Gems & Gemology in Review: Synthetic Diamonds is the first in a series of books that will focus on particular topics of interest to the gem and jewelry industry. For decades, much of the groundbreaking work on synthetic diamond characterization and identification has been published in GIAÂ’s award-wining scientific journal, Gems & Gemology. Every article in the new 300-page book was originally published in G&G.

Diamonds: The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide--how to Select, Buy, Care for & Enjoy Diamonds With Confidence And Knowledge
by Antoinette Matlins
Practical, comprehensive, and easy to understand, this book offers in-depth all the information you need to buy sparkling diamonds with confidence, including: What is a diamond? The factors affecting quality differences in diamonds; Diamond grading reports and how to interpret them; How to compare prices; How to spot differences in stones that may appear to be the same quality; How to protect yourself from misrepresentation; Questions to ask when buying any diamond; What to get in writing; How to get what you want within your budget; Important information about buying on the Internet ...and much more.

Famous Diamonds
by Ian Balfour
Romantically-inclined historians and lovers of rare and costly diamonds will enjoy the stories in "Famous Diamonds." These gems lead endlessly fascinating lives, often touched by tragedy.

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