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Whether you are someone who enjoys collecting or acquiring gems for personal pleasure, a serious investor, or the owner of a large retail jewelry chain or small family-run business, insufficient knowledge can be costly. It can result in a bad purchase, damage to a reputation, and, equally important, failure to recognize an opportunity.
You don't have to be a "gemologist" to make wiser buying decisions. Many mistakes can be easily avoided. With minimal effort and a small investment, almost anyone can venture into the world of gems and begin to experience the thrill and fun of discovering what a particular stone really is. Gem Identification Made Easy provides the key: it shows you what instruments you need to do the job, how to use them, and what to look for, gem by gem.
You'll learn how three simple, pocket-size instruments that together cost under $200 can enable you to identify about 85% of the gemstones you will encounter. You'll learn how to separate real from imitation, one look-alike from another, dyed from natural ]] and know when to seek the help of a professional gemologist. The step-by-step system presented here helps you build your skill and proficiency as your own needs dictate.
This new edition of Gem Identification Made Easy adds to the information provided in the third editioneverything you need to know to identify most gemstoneswith the latest information on important new developments, including:
[[ Several new, easy-to-use, portable instrumentsfor spotting new treatments, synthetics, and look-alikesand how to use them.
[[ "HPHT-treated" diamondswhat HPHT is, and easy ways to screen for it.
[[ Cobalt-coated "blue" sapphires and tanzanite, coated "fancy-color" and "colorless" diamonds, and many other "coated" gemstoneswhat they are and how to spot them.
[[ Tanzanite imitations flooding the marketand easy, fast ways to separate them.
[[ The latest in synthetic gems, including diamondsand simple, affordable identification techniques.
[[ And more ...
Years of training and experience are necessary to become a professional gemologist, but with practice and a little hands-on work, you will find it takes surprisingly little time before you will feel more confident about what you are buying and selling. With Gem Identification Made Easy as your guide, you'll soon master the skills you need, and begin to find greater pleasure and reward in this challenging field.