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Pearl Buying Guide: How To Identify And Evaluate Pearls & Pearl Jewelry

Initially published in 1992, the "Pearl Buying Guide" was the first book to give consumers details on judging pearl quality and value. The 207 new colour photos in this updated 5th edition show new types of pearls, clasps and jewellery styles. Updated information has been provided on natural pearls, treatments, cultivation and identification techniques, and a brief chapter on antique pearl jewellery has been added. Written for both consumers and professionals, the "Pearl Buying Guide" gives step-by-step visual pointers on how to select flattering pearls that will give you maximum enjoyment. "Library Journal" described a previous edition of the "Pearl Buying Guide" as: 'An interesting and easy-to-understand guide to buying, evaluating, selecting and caring for pearls and pearl jewellery. The opening chapters point out common mistakes made when buying pearls. Other chapters focus on evaluating pearl types and shapes, lustre, nacre thickness, colour, flaws, size, and make. Additional chapters cite differences in South Sea, black, and freshwater pearls as well as imitation, natural and cultured pearls. The closing chapters highlight the proper way to care for pearls as well as creative ways to wear them. The many photographs are valuable in illustrating the characteristics of and differences among pearls. Overall the guide is useful to all types of readers'. "The San Jose Mercury News" said 'If you're thinking of investing in pearls, invest $20 first in the Pearl Buying Guide by Renee Newman. Even if you already own pearls, this book has good tips on care and great ideas on different ways to wear pearls'. A reporter for the "Boston Herald" wrote: 'With loads of photos to illustrate her points, Newman tells readers how to check a pearl's lustre, nacre, colour, and flaws ...a gem-dandy guide to picking right-price pearls'.

Paperback: 153 pages

Publisher: Intl Jewelry Pubns; 5 Upd Rep edition (June 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0929975448

ISBN-13: 978-0929975443

Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Being a smart shopper makes your purchases all the more beautiful. "Pearl Buying Guide: How to Identify and Evaluate Pearls & Pearl Jewelry" is a guide for the wise shopper with a love for pearls to avoid the many pitfalls that come with pearl shopping, such as fakes, procedures done to pearls, how to turn simple jewelry into something greater, and more, "Pearl Buying Guide" is a must for any pearl lover who wants their jewelry dollar to go further.

I really love this book. I learned so much in just the first five pages. If you are interested in pearl jewelry, this is a great way to learn all about what to look for when shopping for it. Learning the difference between freshwater, cultured, and natural pearls and why the price difference between the pearls, will make you a better shopper. I strongly recommend this book. You will love it!

I read this book front to back. It answered many questions that lingered in my head as I was researching pearls. I want to own a great pearl necklace. I lacked the knowledge. I was amazed how the author, in layman's terms, could write a tutorial on pearls.I am still searching for my pearls. However, I am far better prepared to examine pearls now than I was before the book arrived.

This guide is a must for people who want to learn about pearls, evaluating pearls and buying. The photographs are helpful. I recommend the book to those who are interested in obtaining a piece of jewelry. Remember Pearls are the oldest known precious gem in the world.

great book help me understand different types of pearls and where they come from and how they are formed and sold

Great read

The best pearl guide! I highly recommend. Fantastic pictures. Excellent edition, Love it! Fast delivery and very good packing

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