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Engagement & Wedding Rings 3/E
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Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction x Old-European Cut Diamond Price Guide 50 Diamond Price Guides 105-108 Worksheet to Help You Select Your Rings 272 PART ONE Engagement and Wedding Rings through the Ages 1 1. The Romance of the Ring 3 2. Engagement and Wedding Ring Traditions 7 PART TWO Getting to Know Gems 15 3. Becoming Intimate with Gems 17 4. Looking for a Gem That's a "Cut Above" 23 PART THREE Diamond Engagement and Wedding Rings 29 5. Selecting the Diamond 31 6. The Importance of Cutting and Proportioning in Diamond 35 7. Body Color 51 8. Clarification on Clarity: How Flaws A ect Diamonds 63 9. Carat Weight 75 10. Tips on Getting the Diamond You Really Want, within Your Budget 81 11. How to Read a Diamond Grading Report 87 12. Comparing Diamond Prices 103 13. False Claims and Costly Bargains: How to Spot Fraud and Avoid Misrepresentation 109 PART FOUR Colored Gemstones in Engagement and Wedding Rings 129 14. The Allure of Colored Gemstones in Betrothal Rings 131 15. The Magic and Mystery of Colored Gems 133 16. Determining Value in Colored Gems 143 vii 17. Colored Gemstone Treatments 163 18. Fraud and Misrepresentation in Colored Gems 169 19. Popular Colored Gemstones 175 20. Pearls: A 3,000-Year-Old Tradition for the Bride 195 PART FIVE Design and Style: Getting the Look You Want 201 21. Choosing the Shape 203 22. Choosing Your Setting 207 23. Gold or Platinum for your Rings? 215 24. Choosing the Wedding Bands 225 25. The Heirloom Ring 229 PART SIX Important Advice Before You Buy 235 26. What to Ask When Buying the Stone 237 27. Deciding Where to Make the Purchase-Retailer or E-retailer 247 PART SEVEN Important Advice After You Buy 255 28. Choosing the Appraiser and Insurer 257 29. Caring for Your Engagement and Wedding Rings 265 PART EIGHT Appendices 269 A Selected List of Laboratories That Provide Internationally Recognized Reports of Genuineness and Quality 270 International Ring Size Equivalents 271 Worksheet to Help You Select Your Rings 272 Selected Readings 273 Text and Color Insert Credits 275 Index 278

About the Author

Antoinette L Matlins PG, is an internationally respected gem and jewellery expert, author, lecturer and popular media guest. Her books are widely used throughout the world by consumers and professionals in the gem and jewellery field alike. Antonio C Bonanno FGA ASA MGA, was one of America's most distinguished gemologists. For over 40 years, he was President of the National Gem Appraising Laboratory, and Director of the Columbia School of Gemology in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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