Renee Newman is a respected gemologist and author of eight guides on gems and jewellery. Her books are used throughout the world as buying guides, sales-training tools, class texts and references for jewellery professionals.
"An interesting and easy-to-understand guide to buying, evaluating, selecting and caring for pearls and pearl jewelry. The opening chapters point out common mistakes made when buying pearls. Other chapters focus on evaluating pearl types and shapes, luster, nacre thickness, color, flaws, size, and make. Additional chapters cite differences in South Sea, black, and freshwater pearls as well as imitation, natural and cultured pearls. The closing chapters highlight the proper way to care for pearls as well as creative ways to wear them. The many photographs are valuable in illustrating the characteristics of and differences among pearls. Overall the guide is useful to all types of readers, from the professional jeweler to the average patron." -- Library Journal "This is the book to get whether or not you intend to buy pearls. It is also ideal for examination preparation! Matters which can seem rather confusing when studied in the abstract are clarified by the many photographs, and the questions set for each chapter are excellent ways in which to test your knowledge. In more than one place the author states that to all intents and purposes, any pearl likely to be encountered in general commerce is going to be cultured. This is an interesting point and almost certainly true." -- Journal of Gemmology "This book is another example of Newmans hallmark combination of technical information to aid the gemmology enthusiast and easy reading style to suit the layman. Her repetition of both facts and pronunciation helps to clarify points, whilst she holds out attention with interesting historical anecdotes... Even the captions are interesting; one of the colours of freshwater pearls is described as "pond slime colour"! , , , Theres not much you wont find about pearls in this book, save a thought for the humble mollusc. It is a valuable guide to buying all types of pearls and small enough to take on any buying trip. There are price tips, plus recommendations of pearl testing labs and relevant websites." -- Australian Gemmologist "A well written, beautifully illustrated book designed to help retail customers, jewelry designers, and store buyers make informed buying decisions about the various types of pearls and pearl jewelry. The photos are abundant and well chosen, and the use of a coated stock contributes to the exceptional quality of the reproduction. Consumers also will find this book a source of accurate and easy-to-understand information about a topic that has become increasingly complex." -- Gems & Gemology "Newman explains how to appraise and distinguish among all varieties of pearls. She takes potential buyers and collectors through the ins and outs of the pearl world, and her guide will best serve those looking to make a considerable investment. She explains why buyers might favor one pearl type over another and how to shop for pearls (e.g., examine the strands on a flat white surface, look at the light reflections on the pearls, etc.). A chapter on versatile ways to wear a strand of pearls offers looks reminiscent of 1920s flappers, Jackie Kennedy and Vegas showgirl. Copious color photographs enhance the workmanlike text." -- Publisher's Weekly "If youre thinking of investing in pearls, invest $20 first in the "Pearl Buying Guide by Renee Newman. Even if you already own pearls, this book has good tips on care and great ideas on different ways to wear pearls." -- San Jose Mercury News "With loads of photos to illustrate her points, Newman tells readers how to check a pearls luster, nacre, color, and flawsa gem-dandy guide to picking right-price pearls." -- Boston Herald