Secrets of the Gem Trade by Richard W. Wise, truly is a gem connoisseur's guide to the exciting world of precious stones. Written by one of the world's gemstone experts, this 275-page guide leads readers through the in's and out's of the gem trade in clear, easy-to-follow language.
Learn how to judge and grade quality in gemstones, including diamonds. Learn too, how some gemstone dealers try to pass off inferior stones, and how you can avoid such catastrophies. In fact, after reading this book, you'll almost feel like an expert on grading and judging gemstone quality yourself.
Secrets of the Gem Tradeis highly recommended, not only to industry professionals, but also those who are interested in making precious stones a part of their investment portfolios, or even the groom-to-be who wants to get the best diamond possible for his bride.
Chapters include the history of precious stones, how to judge color, cut, crystal and clarity, strategic advice on buying gemstones, famous stones througbhout the ages, and new sources of gemstones. The chapters I found particularly fascinating were those that dealt with each gemstone "family". For example, you'll find an introduction and overview on garnets, agates, pearls, rubies, sapphires, opals, diamonds and tourmaline. Included are discussions of fancy color diamonds and lapis lazuli.
Secrets of the Gem Trade is packed with 120 full-color photographs, including some of the world's rarest and most costly gems, like the Hope Diamond, the Dresden Green Diamond, and the Rockefeller Sapphire.
If you're interested in gemstones, or want to learn more, this is a MUST have reference book in your library. Order from Amazon, or directly from the author.