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Everything you need to buy beautiful pearls with confidence. With today's finest cultured pearls rivalling diamond, ruby, emerald, and sapphire in terms of popularity, rarity, and price, more and more people are searching for a reliable source of information to guide them in the fascinating and complex world of pearls -- natural, cultured, and imitation. This comprehensive, authoritative guide tells readers everything they need to know about pearls to fully understand and appreciate them, and avoid any unexpected -- and costly -- disappointments, now and in future generations. Special Feature: Exclusive interviews with the world's leading authorities on pearls, who offer 'insider' insights and advice.
Antoinette L Matlins PG, is an internationally respected gem and jewellery expert, author, lecturer and popular media guest. Her books are widely used throughout the world by consumers and professionals in the gem and jewellery field alike. Antonio C Bonanno FGA ASA MGA, was one of America's most distinguished gemologists. For over 40 years, he was President of the National Gem Appraising Laboratory, and Director of the Columbia School of Gemology in Silver Spring, Maryland.