Standard Catalog of Gem Values

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Preface: Since first publication of this work in 1968, political events, social trends, and world economics have created dramatic gemstone price fluctuations from explosive highs to depressing lows. But through all these price peaks and valleys, the public's desire for gemstones has not diminished; in fact it is stronger than ever. {art of the reason for the robust colored gemstone market can be explained by the vigorous marketing tech- niques used by gem dealers over the past two decades, along with mass media advertising by dealers' associations. Parallel to the dealers' marketing is the new and knowledgeable generations of buyers who know more about gemstone identification, treatments, alterations and value than their predecessors. Further, these buyers want more: more product knowledge, more insights into the mysteries of profitable buying and selling, more value for the money. While many collect gems as a hobby, some also see the investment value and note the easy transportability of such a store of value. Other collectors want to be first to display some of the exciting new gemstone discoveries.

This new edition reflects the latest prices and trends on rough material, faceted and cabbed gemstones, to which we have devoted hours of research and interviews in the appropriate markets. To inform you about new gem- stones, we went to the source of discover or to its discoverer. To provide an update and indispensable record of gem values, we called upon miners, wholesalers, jobbers and retailers. In all cases, however, the prices given are the latest retail prices available in 10993 from those who deal in these materials. And, while we realize that retail prices fluctuate to some degree across the country and around the world, prices in this book provide a guide to the current average retail prices quoted in the United States. In this way we hop to have taken some of the mystery of gemstone pricing four our readers...while leaving intact the pleasure and magic of owning them. Anna M. Miller, John Sinkankas.

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Standard Catalog of Gem Values, revised second edition. The classic gem appraisal reference updated to reflect current market trends and the relationships between the values of all gems. A complete listing of rough and finished gem and mineral prices including reference points for the valuing, buying and selling of these materials. This benchmark reference is written specifically for lapidaries, gem collectors, museum buyers, miners, processors, appraisers and jewelers as well as anyone considering the pur- chase of gems and minerals.

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