Diamond and Jewelry Books


Rock Walk Album
by Pricescope and the Pricescope community

…This is a collection of wonderful diamond jewelry from the Pricescope community. Proceeds will go to DDI, (Diamond Development Initiative) which helps create sustainable economic development for millions of artisanal diamond miners worldwide


Diamonds (The Fred Ward Gem Book)
by John White, Smithsonian Curator

…part of a set of seven of the most elegant and informative small books ever
written on a carefully selected set of gem topics… new photographs from the
Smithsonian’s gem collection, all new pictures from Australia’s Argyle mine,
new images from the Crown Jewels of Iran, and a beautiful new cover photograph
of the Hope Diamond


American Cut: The First 100 Years

American Cut: The First 100 Years<

Al Gilbertson tells the true story of the development of the ideal cut round brilliant diamond –by Richard W. Wise

by Al Gilbertson


This book chronicles the evolution of what we refer to as the Ideal Cut from its earliest beginnings. It was known as the American Cut because of Henry Morse, a diamond cutter in Boston, who by 1873, with the help of his shop manager, built the first bruting machine to make a diamond perfectly round. Prior to this, diamonds were rarely cut as round shapes. Morse also made the first gauge to measure the angles of diamonds and through repeated experiments decided which angles were the best for the crown and pavilion. Cutting factories copying his methods soon sprang up in America, and, by 1900, Morse s style of cutting was called the American Cut. This book carefully documents others who also influenced the development and perceptions about the Ideal Cut, including Frank Wade, Herbert Whitlock, Marcel Tolkowsky, Robert Shipley and Richard T. Liddicoat..


The French Blue

The French Blue

The fascinating back story of the Hope Diamond

by Richard W. Wise


Between the years 1630-1668, the French gem merchant, Jean Baptiste Tavernier made six voyages to Persia and India. His true exploits by land and sea go far beyond the ink and paper exploits of fictional adventurers. Tavernier met and did business with some of the world’s most powerful princes and romanced some of the most beautiful women. Sometime during his later voyages, Tavernier acquired a magnificent 116 carat blue diamond. Upon his return to France, he sold the diamond to Louis XIV, for the equivalent of 147 kilos of pure gold. The Sun King made him Baron of Aubonne. The remains of Tavernier s blue gem is known today as the Hope Diamond, but for the first 200 years of its history it was called simply The French Blue.


Antoinette L. Matlins Antoinette L. Matlins, P.G.,
is an internationally respected gem and jewelry expert, author, and lecturer.
Her books are widely used throughout the world by consumers and professionals in
the gem and jewelry field alike. Ms. Matlins’ books include:

Diamonds Buying Guide


Diamonds–The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide:

How to Select, Buy, Care for Diamonds With Confidence and Knowledge

by Antoinette L. Matlins


Purchasing diamonds can be a magical experience, filled with excitement and anticipation. But lack of information, error, or misrepresentation can make buying gemstones confusing, intimidating, overwhelming, and costly.


Whether you are buying a diamond for an engagement ring, anniversary, to commemorate a special moment, or for personal pleasure, today it is more important than ever to understand what you are buying. There are new shapes and cuts, fancy colors, high-tech treatments, and sophisticated frauds. There are new ways to buy—such as internet auctions and TV shopping.


To help you avoid the pitfalls and keep the magic, Antoinette Matlins, an internationally respected expert on buying gems, puts her insider knowledge to work for you in this easy-to-read, easy-to-use guide.


Practical, comprehensive, and easy to understand, Diamonds—the Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide offers in depth all the information you need to buy sparkling diamonds with confidence.


Engagement & Wedding Rings

Engagement & Wedding Rings:

The Definitive Buying Guide for People in Love

by Antoinette L. Matlins, and Antonio C. Bonanno


Engagement & Wedding Rings takes the fear and anxiety out of buying an engagement or wedding ring, restoring the romance and the magic of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Inside Engagement & Wedding Rings, you’ll find everything you need to know to select, buy and enjoy… to truly experience the wonder and excitement that should be part of finding–or creating that "perfect" ring.


Jewelry & Gems


Jewelry and Gems at Auction:

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

by Antoinette L. Matlins



Jewelry & Gems

Jewelry & Gems, 5th Edition

The Buying Guide, How to Buy Diamonds, Colored Gemstones, Pearls, Gold & Jewelry With Confidence & Knowledge

by Antoinette Matlins, P.G. & Antonio C. Bonanno, F.G.A., A.S.A, M.G.A.


Know what you want, know what you’re buying, learn the secrets to get the most for your money.


"The unofficial bible for the gem investor."

—The Robb Report

Colored Gemstones

Colored Gemstones – The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide

How to Select, Buy, Care for & Enjoy Sapphires, Emeralds, Rubies, and Other Colored Gemstones with Confidence and Knowledge

by Antoinette L. Matlins


All the Information You Need to Buy, Collect, Sell—or Simply Enjoy—Sapphires, Emeralds, Rubies, and Other Colored Gemstones with Confidence and Knowledge


Gem Identification

Gem Identification Made Easy

A Hands-On Guide to More Confident Buying and Selling

by Antoinette Matlins, P.G. & Antonio C. Bonanno, F.G.A., A.S.A, M.G.A.


Enjoy learning the tools of the gem trade from two experts.


Gem Identification Made Easy is the first and only book that explains in non-technical terms how to identify diamonds and colored gems and to separate them from imitations and "look-alikes." The book’s approach is direct and practical, and its style easy to understand. In fact, with this highly accessible guide, anyone can begin to master gem identification.


Using a simple, step-by-step system, the authors explain the proper use of essential but uncomplicated instruments that will do the identification tasks, what to look for gemstone by gemstone, and how to set up a basic lab at modest cost. Three of the instruments are inexpensive, portable, pocket instruments which, when used together, can identity almost 85% of all precious and popular stones.


The Pearl Book

The Pearl Book, 2nd Edition

The Definitive Buying Guide: How to Select, Buy, Care for & Enjoy Pearls

by Antoinette L. Matlins


The Pearl Book tells you everything you need to know about pearls to fully understand and
appreciate them, and avoid any unexpected (and costly) disappointments, now and in future generations.