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The Pearl Book, 3rd Edition: The Definitive Buying Guide: How to Select, Buy Care for & Enjoy Pearls Paperback – July 1, 2002
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Wow! Talk about bursting with information! Matlins covers everything from history and lore to famous pieces, moves on to explaining the differences/types of pearls, how to evaluate them, *and* what to look out for... she provides estimated value lists, gives advice on how to buy, wear and care for pearl jewelry. Whew!
Did you know a drop of salad dressing can ruin a pearl? I didn't!
The author also interviewed many pearl industry professionals and their thoughts are informative as well as (at times) entertaining. In fact, the entire book could be described as "conversational". It's not textbook in style, yet provides so much information it could be used as one!!
Do you sell pearls? The information Matlins provides can help you better understand and describe the charecteristics (and value!) of the pearls you sell. Are you looking to invest in pearls or start a collection? Add this book to your shopping cart--you might save hundreds or thousands in the long run.
But if you simply have a passion for pearls and want to learn all you can about them, this book is a "must have" for your library. It's comprehensive, loaded with tips, and easy to read. There aren't pages & pages of photos. It does have some good compare/contrast photos, as well as others of important or famous pieces. You may find yourself wishing there were more of the "educational" sorts of pictures, but overall that's a small nick in an otherwise glowing treasure. No doubt the binding will become worn from frequent use.
IN SUMMARY:I highly recommend 'The Pearl Book'. It's truly worth every penny. You'll know what to look for if you get this gem.
Not only are scientific facts of pearls included, but also what some might consider trivia on jewelry. But by the time you are finished, you will impress the sellers and avoid paying too much for quality pearls.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, very knowledgable author and you can tell that they really love the subject.Published 29 days ago by Maggie
Fast shipping. The book gives you a general idea about pearls. Good starting book about pearls.Published 1 month ago by Claus Schmidt
Very nice christmas present for a friend.The was a achristmas present for one of the doctors i worked with and she really enjoyed the book lots of information.Published on January 7, 2014 by gabrielle
Black and white pictures of pearls do not give an accurate visual, but I learned a lot about pearls and how to look at them.Published on January 7, 2014 by Maribel
The Pearl book is a rreally great source of information. I will be referring to it very often. Happy with my purchase.Published on December 31, 2012 by Beth