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Jewelry and Gems at Auction : The Definitive Guide to Buying and Selling at the Auction House and on Internet Auction Sites - Antoinette Leonard Matlins

Jewelry and Gems at Auction

The Definitive Guide to Buying and Selling at the Auction House and on Internet Auction Sites

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Auctions are today's fastest growing segment of jewelry and gem buying and selling. Both traditional auctions and "virtual" Internet auctions are increasing in popularity for the consumer as a method of obtaining the sparkling treasures they want at the best possible prices, and disposing of yesterday's treasures.

There are treasures to be had and money to be saved and made, but buying and selling at auction offers unique risks as well as unique opportunities. This book offers for the first time, detailed information on what distinguishes auction buying and selling from other methods; how to know what you're bidding on; the special concerns involved in internet auction buying and selling; how to avoid the pitfalls of auction purchasing and selling; how to get the best price; and how to protect yourself after you buy.

List of Price Guidesp. vii
List of Special Charts and Tablesp. vii
List of Color Photograph Sectionsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Buying and Selling at Auction
The Allure of the Auctionp. 3
The Traditional Auction House: How to Be a Successful Buyer or Sellerp. 20
What to Expect at Internet Auctionsp. 50
Opportunities Exist, but Not without Risk: What to Watch Out for When Buying or Selling at Auctionp. 70
Becoming Familiar with Gems
Getting Startedp. 79
What Is a Diamond?p. 93
Judging Cut and Its Effect on Beautyp. 95
Judging Colorp. 104
Judging Clarityp. 111
Diamond Grading Reports: How to Read Themp. 118
Is It a Diamond or a Diamond Imposter?p. 136
How to Avoid Fraud and Misrepresentation When Buying Diamonds at Auctionp. 143
Fancy-Color Diamondsp. 151
Understanding Diamond Prices and What to Bidp. 163
Colored Gemstones and Pearls
The Allure of Colored Gemstonesp. 175
Judging Quality in Colored Gemstonesp. 178
Colored Gemstones at Auction: Natural, Treated, Synthetic, and Imitationp. 193
Understanding Colored Gemstone Prices and What to Bidp. 208
Choices in Colored Gemstonesp. 213
Pearlsp. 239
Gemstone Investment: Not for the Casual Investorp. 253
Design and Style: Great Jewelry
Gold and Platinum: Timeless Choicesp. 259
What's in a Name: Great Jewelry Periods and Great Jewelersp. 267
Important Advice Before Buying or Selling at Auction
Important Questions to Ask Before Buying or Selling at Auctionp. 281
How to Find a Reliable Gemologist-Appraiser--And Why You Need Onep. 291
Appendixp. 295
Internationally Respected Laboratories Issuing Reports Used by Major Auction Housesp. 295
Online Auction Sitesp. 296
A Selected List of Auction Housesp. 296
Where to Get Additional Informationp. 298
Creditsp. 301
Black and White Exhibits and Color Platesp. 301
Indexp. 304
Price Guides
Retail Price Guide for Round Brilliant-Cut Diamondsp. 166
Retail Price Guide for Old-European Cut Diamondsp. 167
Retail Price Guide for Rose-Cut Diamondsp. 168
Retail Price Guide for Briolette-Cut Diamondsp. 168
A Sampling of Diamonds Sold at Auctionp. 168
Retail Price Guide for Fancy-Color Diamondsp. 169
A Sampling of Fancy-Color Diamonds Sold at Auctionp. 171
A Sampling of Colored Gemstones Sold at Auctionp. 211
Top Twenty Natural Pearl Lots Sold at Auctionp. 251
Special Charts and Tables
Sizes and Weights of Various Diamond Cutsp. 88
Diamond Color Gradesp. 105
Commonly Used Diamond Color Grading Systemsp. 106
Commonly Used Diamond Flaw (Clarity) Grading Systemsp. 114
Comparison of Diamonds and Diamond Look-Alikesp. 142
Gemstones That Are Not Routinely Enhancedp. 209
How Treatments Affect Prices of Colored Gemsp. 210
Gold Marksp. 261
How Alloys Affect Colorp. 262
Color Photograph Sections
Fancy-Color Diamonds Offer a Rainbow of Choices
Popular Diamond Shapes ... Classic & New Shapes, Too (two pages)
Auctions Offer a Range of Diamond Ring Styles in All Qualities & Prices ... And a Wide Variety of Jewelry, Old & New (two pages)
A Warm Palette of Red and Pink Gemstones
Blue Gemstones Offer Heavenly Choices
Yellow and Orange Gems to Brighten the Day
Green Gems That Everyone Will Envy
Classic Shapes and Cutting Styles
Auctions--An Important Source of Natural Gemstones
Antique Jewels Sparkle at Auction ... And Collectors Find Great Period & Estate Pieces (two pages)
Auctions Highlight Master Jewelers (two pages)
Watches for a Discerning Clientele
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ISBN: 9780943763293
ISBN-10: 0943763290
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 309
Published: 1st July 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.54