Pearls of wisdom on how to evaluate pearls, spot fakes and detect dyed pearls. Included in this full-color guide are tips on pearl care, clasps, and creative ways to wear pearls. All types of pearls are discussed–Akoya, Tahitian, South Sea, Sea of Cortez, freshwater, abalone, scallop, conch, melo, quahog, giant clam, mabe, blister, keshi, natural, imitation, cultured. Initially published in 1992, the Pearl Buying Guide was the first book to give consumers details on judging pearl quality and value. The 186 new color photos in this updated 6th edition show new types of pearls, clasps and jewelry styles. Current information has been provided on natural pearls, treatments, cultivation and identification techniques. Although technical data is included to aid gemologists in detecting treatments and identifying pearls, the easy reading style and the 364 photos make this a customer-friendly book for both consumers and professionals, If you’re looking for an easy-to-read, illustrated and affordable pearl handbook that will help you select flattering pearls and spot fakes, the Pearl Buying Guide 6th Edition is the best choice available.