Gem Identification Made Easy

Gem Identification Made Easy

A Hands-on Guide to More Confident Buying & Selling

Book - 2013
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This reference for non-experts reveals secrets of gemology and gem identification to hobbyists, collectors, investors, and owners of jewelry businesses. It explains how to select and when and how to use essential and optional equipment and instruments. One section is devoted to antique and estate jewelry. The book's final section contains an extensive glossary, tables of gem stone properties, equipment suppliers in the US and Canada, and international lists of schools, gem testing labs, and associations. It contains b&w photos throughout and 12 pages of color photos. This fifth edition contains new material on synthetic gems, composite imitations, ruby imitations, and HPHT-treated diamonds. Matlins has written other books on gems. Bonanno was founder of the National Gem Appraising Laboratory. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Gem Identification Made Easy is 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 easy to understand. In fact, with this highly accessible guide, anyone can begin to master gem identification. Includes over 150 photographs and illustrationsover 80 in full color!

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 are inexpensive, portable, pocket instruments that, when used together, can identify almost 85% of all precious and popular stones.

The key to avoiding costly mistakes and recognizing profitable opportunities is knowing both what to look for and what to look out for.

Gem Identification Made Easy will help you:

  • Open your eyes to the types of treatments, imitations, synthetics, look-alikes, and fakes in the gem market today.
  • Learn how to tell the difference between them. Quickly spot:
    • Synthetics, including synthetic emeralds and diamonds
    • Filled diamonds
    • Diffused "blue" sapphires and "red" rubies
    • HPHT-treated diamonds
    • ... and much more!
  • Determine how to spot the newest "composite" imitations.
  • Learn how to identify recently discovered gems such as “Mandarin” garnet, red “emerald,” and North Carolina's chromium-rich emeralds.
  • Discover new treatments such as surface coatings to create “fancy color” diamonds and improve or change the color of many gemstones.
  • Know when to seek help from a professional gemologist or lab.
  • Become more professional in your business or hobby.


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 easy to understand. Using a simple, step-by-step system, the authors explain how to ...

Publisher: Woodstock, VT : GemStone Press, 2013
Edition: 5th edition
ISBN: 9780943763903
0943763908
Characteristics: xxii, 378 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Bonanno, Antonio C.

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