Diamonds 101: A Diamond Buyers Guide Kindle Edition
|Length: 148 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||
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I hate giving less than stellar reviews, perhaps because I usually do better homework before purchasing something.
Diamonds 101 is written with a nice flowing style. Sort of like you're at the bar and Dirk Rendel, the author, is giving you a tutorial on Diamonds. Like a good buddy it is not just technical, but also all the caveats and booby traps along the way, and how to avoid or minimize them.
So where are the disappointments?
Not a single illustration of a diamond! As he describes what a diamond looks like you feel like you're communicating with an astronout on a distant planet, and he only has texting capability. No picture, illustration, annotations, arrows showing what the "table" is vs. the "culet". Did I mention the depth, girdle, crown, and pavilion? These are just some terms to describe a diamond. What an egregious oversight. This is a buyers guide, right? To prepare you to look knowledgeable when shopping and examining diamonds.
Poor proofreading. On page 98 he writes about security paperwork for you diamond. The sentence ends with "…embossed logos, watermarks, and micro lines, to ensure that certificates are not easily forgotten". "Forgotten"??? Did you mean "forged"? On page 125, regarding on replacement value of a diamond, he writes "This amount may is usually enough to replace the item…..". Dirk, fire that proof reader. "May is"?
His example of calculating a price based on the Rappaport List is a doozy, on page 87. He goes through the methodology of calculating a base price of $43,700. But wait, there are additional factors to account for. The methodology moves forward but the "Base Price" magically changes from $43,700 to $39.100!
Perhaps he got confused by the miserable table on page 86, which is a Rappaport List Sample. There is a 9 or 10 column table. Confusing enough that I am not sure. Instead of a neat 9 column table it is on two lines, and virtually noting has rational spacing or lines up. Sloppy. Confusing. Totally unnecessary.
In closing, as a light read (this book is not a 6 month training manual), with excellent rational street wise tips, I would have given this a 4 or 5. But not in the shape it is presented. Then you start to ask yourself is his methodology correct on other topics?
Time to buy another book on buying diamonds.
I hardly write reviews on products I purchase but I had to write one for the author of this book because he totally blew me away with both information and deep insights on buying diamonds.
In fact the author made things so easy and so clear that you will make no mistakes when buying the diamond of your woman's dreams. You will be precise on what exactly to buy so much that even the diamond dealer will think you're a dealer too. Thereby, saving you a few thousand dollars in the process of buying that beautiful 'bling' that will make your lady fall in love with you all over again.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I will give this book a 9+. A 9+ because I don't give anything a 10.
So quit searching for a diamond-buying guide. This book is all you will ever need. Thank you author for the time you invested in writing a book so insightful and yet fun to read as this one :)
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