The Gem Evaluation Lab staff has compiled a reading list about jewelry, diamonds, and gemstones from their own personal favorites. Read and enjoy.
Jewelry Handbook: How to Select, Wear & Care for Jewelry by Renee Newman.
International Jewelry Publications, 2007
If you’d like to look good in your jewelry and be a smart buyer, consult the Jewelry Handbook. It’s like a Jewelry 101 course…
Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World’s Most Precious Stones by Greg Campbell.
2nd Ed, Basic Books, 2012
Campbell explains that “conflict diamonds,” are mined in war zones, smuggled out of the country, and sold to legitimate companies, financing ruinous civil wars and the plots of international terrorists, including the al Qaeda network.
Jewelry: From Antiquity to the Present (World of Art) by Clare Phillips.
Thames & Hudson, 1996
This is probably the best general overview one could ask of the subject of jewelry history. Starting around 30,000 BC, the book covers a wide variety of styles and eras. It is lavishly illustrated in color and b/w, with excellent detail.
Collecting & Repairing Watches by Max Cutmore.
David & Charles, 2001
This book examines the technology and manufacture of all types of watch; offers collectors advice on what to look for; and includes a step-by-step assessment guide to use when purchasing.
The Quest for Life in Amber by George Poinar, Roberta Poinar (Contributor).
Perseus Publishing, 1995
The Poinars, an entomologist and an electron microscopist, roamed the world gathering samples and, in their laboratory, meticulously searched for ways to examine the stones in order to gather evidence about the ancient forests that produced them.
Jewelry & Gems at Auction: The Definitive Guide to Buying & Selling at the Auction House & on Internet Auction Sites by Antoinette Matlins, Jill Newman (Contributor).
Gemstone Press, 2012
Expert guidance to help you enter today’s fastest-growing marketplace for gems and jewelry. This definitive guide to buying and selling at auction covers both the unique risks and opportunities to be found–how to make a profit on yesterday’s treasures or find a valuable treasure of you own.
Gem & Jewelry Pocket Guide: A Traveler’s Guide to Buying Diamonds, Colored Gems, Pearls, Gold and Platinum Jewelry by Renee Newman.
International Jewelry Publications, 2001
Important information on how to select jewelers and appraisers; a chapter on notable gem sources and which countries are noted for specific gems; information on coral, ivory and amber; precautions one must take when buying from an unfamiliar source; and customs regulations, duties and how to use lab reports.
Gemstone Buying Guide: How to Evaluate, Identify, Select & Care for Colored Gems by Renee Newman, John Raimo.
2nd edition, International Jewelry Publications, 2003
Written for both consumers and professionals, this guide gives pointers on how to buy gemstones, with advice on price comparison, quality evaluation, fake stones, gem treatments, and gem cleaning and care.