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6th Edition: A Hands-On Guide to More Confident Buying & Selling
by Antoinette L . Matlins and Antonio C. Bonanno
Hardcover, 378 pages
Dimensions (inches): 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3
Published by GemStone Press, copyright 2014
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 book's approach is direct and practical, and its style is easy to understand. In fact, with this highly accessible guide, anyone can begin to master gem identification.
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, namely the Chelsea Filter, Dichroscope, and Loupe, are portable, pocket tools that, when used together, can identify almost 85% of all precious and popular gemstones.
Unlike an academic text, this handbook brings the topic of gem identification down to the level of a layperson, offering not theory, but practical how-to guides on Gem ID, and the tools that you will need.
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