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How to Buy a Diamond Insider Secrets for Getting Your Money's Worth

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ISBN-10: 1402215061

ISBN-13: 9781402215063

Edition: 6th 2008

Authors: Fred Cuellar

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Newly revised, and completely updated, How to Buy a Diamond is the only book that includes wholesalers' secret pricing charts that you, the public, never get to see! The charts are broken down by carat, clarity and color-including the various grades of color. Buying a diamond can be one of the most important and intimidating purchases you ever make. Whether you're getting engaged or buying for an anniversary, investment or "just because," How to Buy a Diamond will take the pressure and uncertainty out of getting the best diamond for your money. Endorsed by the National Bureau of Fraud Prevention in Washington, DC, this valuable resource provides the information you need to understand the…    
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Book details

List price: $20.99
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Fred Cuellar is founder and president of Diamond Cutters International and is known as one of the world#39;s top diamond experts. Cuellar is accredited in diamonds by the Gemological Institute of America. Cuellar is the official diamond expert for MSNBC, Men#39;s Health, AOL#39;s theknot.com and The Wedding Network, and Icon magazine. He has been featured and discussed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC#39;s Today Show, CBS Morning News, CNN, ESPN, the Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, US Weekly, In Style as well as over 100 other news and talk shows. He lives in Houston, Texas.

Preface
Foreword
Introduction
The Shortcut
B.E.S.T
The 4 Cs
Carat Weight
Clarity
Color
Cut
Proportions Made Easy
Proportion and Price
GIA Classes of Cuts
The 61 Percent Factor
Artificial Lighting
Super Cuts
High Definition Diamonds
Proportion Questionnaire Sheet
Cost
Diamond Price Tables
Buying Shy
To Thine Own Self Be True
Too Good to Be True
Ring Settings
Accents
Adding Color
A Word about Gold
... And Platinum
Palladium VP
Picking the Jeweler
Jeweler Questionnaire Sheet
Who's Your Jeweler?
Bonded Jewelers
Who Will Help Me Now?
The Gift of Jewelry
Gift Questionnaire Sheet
The New York Diamond District
Disposable Jewelry
Buying Diamonds on the Internet
Certifiable? Lab Grading Reports
GIA's Bribery Scandal
Fine Print
Real versus "Fake" Diamonds
The Imposters
Making the Purchase
Tricks of the Trade
Blue Diamond Blues
The "50% Off " Sale
Bait and Switch
Is White Really White?
Grade Bumping
The Fraction Scam
The Old Switcheroo
The Sandbagger
The Vanishing Act
The Dirty Dozen
Torquing
Inscription Deception
Pillow Tops
The "True Weight" of Diamonds
Diamond Mysteries - Things Aren't Always What They Seem
Common Myths about Diamonds
After the Purchase
Insurance
Dirty Diamonds
Dos and Don'ts
Some Final Suggestions
Cleaning Your Diamond
Jewelry Care Guide
"Will You Marry Me?"
Planning the Perfect Proposal
Five Proposal Styles
Soul Mate or Cell Mate?
Crack the Case on Your Boyfriend's Proposal Plans
For Men Only
For Women Only
Buying Your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Diamond
New Marriage
Replacement Diamond
Diamond Upgrades
Trade-ins
Special Occasions and Gifts
How to Sell a Diamond
Appraisal
Rapaport Value
Buyers
Antique or "Estate" Jewelry 292
Anniversaries and Occasions
Conclusion
Inside the Diamond Business
Appendices
Index
About the Author