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Table of Contents

Preface; Rare Gemstones Used in Jewelry; Rare Gemstones Sometimes Used in Jewelry; How to Care for Rare & Unusual Gems; Where to Find a Jewelry Appraiser; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Renee Newman is a respected gemologist and author of several guides on gems and jewellery. Her books are used throughout the world as buying guides, sales-training tools, class texts and references for jewellery professionals.


Rare Gemstones is a fascinating insight into the latest and more unusual gemstones that are now finding their way into designer jewellery. The book covers rare gems that are mounted in jewellery, as well as some that are used only very occasionally, based on the opinions and usage of a range of jewellers. From their suggestions, over 60 of the lesser-used gem materials have been selected, documented and presented in a highly visual way. In total, the information given in this book is very well presented, easily readable and accurate, ensuring an excellent point of reference in an area all too often overlooked. Whether a newcomer to the world of gemmology or an experienced collector, this volume has something for everyone, and is highly recommended. - Gems & Jewellery, Spring 2012 I wish all of the books that appraisers need to keep on our reference shelves were just like this one. Rare Gemstones, How to Identify Evaluate and Care for Unusual Gems is a treasure. Like all of Renee Newman's books, it is impeccably organized, beautiful and complete. I recommend that all appraisers buy this book. Become familiar with it. When you need it, the information will be on your bookshelf ready to help you figure out that rare stone, or explain it to your client. Everyone wins. - Reviewed by Kim Piracci, GG Reviewed in Antique & Collectors Trader August 2012 - and in Antiques Info magazine, Sept/Oct 2012. "Written in a succinct, user-friendly style... an ideal reference for gem collectors, jewellers, appraisers and gem dealers etc." - Antiques Diary Sept/Oct 2012. "This book provides concise, interesting and practical details on uncommon gems that are now being used by designers to create distinctive jewellery. It lists the identification properties of gems, how they were found, how they are used, why they are unique and how they are priced. High quality photographs show the different colours, cutting styles and varieties of each gem and gives ideas on how each can be used creatively in jewellery. The book also explains how to care for rare gemstones and how to keep them from being damaged. Topics include: Gems identification, quality evaluation, geographic sources, price ranges, gem cleaning and care plus gem treatments." - Antiques Info, Jan/Feb 2013

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