Jewelry & Gems-The Buying Guide, 7th Edition: How to Buy... and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Jewelry & Gems, the Buying Guide: How to Buy Diamonds, Pearls, Colored Gemstones, Gold & Jewelry with Confidence and Knowledge Hardcover – 1 Apr 1999

See all 12 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover, 1 Apr 1999
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gemstone Press; 4th edition edition (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943763193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943763194
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,160,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a great refrence text. I have used it many times over the years and it has prevented costly mistakes.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Liu on 16 Dec 2009
Format: Paperback
It's not a bad reference book, it just didn't mention how to spot fake jewellery when buying.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Basic information written in a patronising tone, disliked the style so much that I have decided to login just write my first negative review.

"Even for your un aided eye" "Even an amateur" " Don't think yourself as an expert etc etc"
While people who purchases this book are likely to be beginner there is no need to emphasis that through out the whole book.

A word of caution might be but it just become annoying when it constantly reminds "don't think you can be anywhere close to an expert just because you have read my book."
What's the point? Surely grown up people with common sense already knows a book doesn't make oneself an expert?
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By W. Black on 24 Jun 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a very good basic guide to buying gemstones, especially diamonds, and has all the information you'll need. It is a bit too 'American' and is also pretty obviously written as a 'first year' text book for a course, but there's nothing else better available.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 67 reviews
80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Recommended by Gemologist 1 Jan 2000
By allemand matthews - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought a diamond in the NY wholesale diamond center and after taking it to an appraiser recommended by a friend, found out it was treated (it had cracks that were filled with glass so that you wouldn't see them)! The appraiser ordered me not to buy any more diamonds, or any other gem, until I went out and bought a book called "Jewelry & Gems: The Buying Guide." If I had read this book BEFORE I purchased the diamond, I would never have made such a mistake. First, the book tells about the exact treatment used on the diamond I bought, along with all kinds of treatments used on diamonds and other gemstones. Bit I really couldn't believe it as I read an example of EXACTLY what happened to me on 47th street. There is was, my story! I now enjoy shopping for jewelry more than ever, have discovered gemstones I never knew about before, and more importantly, following the information the authors provided, I now know exactly what to do to ensure I'll never be cheated again. I can't thank them enough, or praise this book enough.
46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
A MUST HAVE BOOK for anyone interested in buying gems. 30 Mar 2001
By Traveling Irishman - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book that will teach you virtually everything you need to know about buying gemstones. Unfortunately the world isn't a perfect place and there are unscrupulous people that will try to sell you gems that are treated, or outright fake.
Don't let this happen to you!
Buy this book and learn what you need to know to protect yourself. The book starts off with getting to know gems, how to use a loupe, and why the cut of a stone is important.
It has several chapters on Diamonds and will teach you how to judge a good cut, what color is and how to judge it, clarity and various imperfection, weighting and most importantly how to spot fraud and avoid misrepresentation.
If this was all the book did it would still be worth the money. But the book goes on to teach you about colored gemstones. This section teaches you how to determine the value in colored gems, the various synthetic and treated colored stones, how to judge peals and finally how to avoid fraud and misrepresentation with colored gemstones.
Finally the book tells you the stuff you need to know when buying, from what to ask the seller, to finding a reputable jewelry and choosing an insurer and appaiser.
This book can save you many times the cost of it on your first gemstone purchase.
All in all this is a MUST HAVE BOOK for the gemstone buyer.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Choices Without Fear! 30 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after reading another review, and it was one of the smartest things I've ever done. I love jewelry, but after reading this book, I'm now much smarter about what I'm doing and I'll never buy jewelry again the way I used to go about it! I was recently ripped off, but now I now know what to aak, what to get in writing, and where and how to confirm the facts!In short, how to avoid ever being ripped off again. I also have a much better idea of what the price should be (thanks to the excellent price guides). It is also filled with great tips to help you get the stone YOU want rather than what the saleperson thinks you should buy, and wonderful design ideas too. And there is also great info on stuff like gold (for example, did you know that white gold has nickel in it, which some people are allergic to!). I also learned how to take care of my jewelry, especially pearls, which jewelers seem to know nothing about. In fact, I've just ordered "The Pearl Book" by one of the authors of this book.
I never knew there was so much to know, or how many choices were available to me. Now I do, and I can't thank the authors enough for the great service this book provides for people like me who love it all--diamonds, gemstones, and jewelry of all kinds.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Mentioned in New York Times 1 Jan 2000
By Jerry Lenox - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was about to go buy a millennium gift for my wife when I read in the New York Times Sunday business section about two weeks ago, an article about gemstone treatments. In it, the journalist mentioned a book titled "Jewelry & Gems: The Buying Guide" and its author was quoted throughout the article, and was clearly someone in the consumer's corner.
The article made me realize I needed to know more, so I went to look for this book, as well as others. It didn't take long to realize that none of the other books could begin to compare to this one in terms of thoroughness, candidness, and relevant, practical advice. It is also extremely well organized, so that it is easy to find the information you need, and very easy (and fascinating) to read.
I never knew there were so many ways an unsuspecting consumer could make a mistake when it comes to buying jewelry, but after reading this book (I even took it with me to refer to it as I shopped) I really found the confidence I lacked, and the perfect gift. Thank you New York Times for making me aware of the treatments, but more than that, for making me aware of this book!
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Book pays for itself many times over 2 Jun 2003
By Scott R. Lucado - Published on
Format: Paperback
One thing that retail jewelers count on is that the public is unwilling to do its homework.
And if you've got tens of thousands of dollars to spend and don't much care where it goes, don't buy this book (but feel free to send me some of that money).
On the other hand, if you're like most of us, you want to get the best value for your money, and this book will definitely help by giving great tips when buying diamonds and other gems.
Not only that, this book can give you some creative ideas. Looking for something beyond the cheap "frozen spit" diamonds that are being sold all over these days? For the same money, you can buy a colored stone or cultured pearl that will look better and be a better value. Want a nice, bright green stone but haven't got $10k for an emerald? This book can give some affordable alternatives, like maybe a tsavorite.
This is a tremendous resource, written in an easy-to-understand style, and organized in a way that makes referring to it inviting.
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know

Product Images from Customers