Item description for Christie's Guide to Jewelry by Sarah Hue-Williams...
For more than 200 years, buyers and sellers have sought advise from Christie's specialists. For the first time, Christie's shares this knowledge in an easy-to-use guide to jewelry with stunning color photographs. Christie's Guide To Jewelry provides essential facts and advice on how to appreciate and understand jewels. What should you look for in a gem? Which artificial enhancements should you be aware of when choosing a stone? Why is spinel one of the most underrated gems today? Offering everything from a description of the four "C" categories to an explanation of the origin of the word "carat," Christie's Guide To Jewelry is a must-have book for both serious and amateur collectors.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Christie's Guide to Jewelry?
Beginner's book Feb 15, 2006
It covers the main styles (and calls edwardian belle epoque, which is really confusing - the styles and their various names in various parts of the world and the chronological overlapping is killing me.. i'd love to find it in a neat table :)), main gems (ruby, emerald, sapphire, diamond) and includes some REALLY neat photograps of gems and a few important pieces of jewellery. Nice book for a gem / jewellery aficionado to have.