This book gives you all the information you need to buy, collect, sell or simply enjoy sapphires, emeralds, rubies and other coloured gemstones with confidence and knowledge. With more varieties than ever before to choose from, including altogether new gems, revolutionary new cuts and new ways to buy gems - such as Internet auctions and TV shopping - there has never been a more exciting time to buy or collect coloured gemstones. But there are also new high-tech treatments and sophisticated frauds to look out for. Lack of information, error or misrepresentation can make the thrill of buying a gem or piece of jewellery confusing, intimidating, overwhelming and costly. Buyers need a source of expert guidance. This practical, comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide provides all the information you need in order to know what to look for, and what to look out for, including: what qualifies as a 'gemstone'; how to evaluate colour - and its impact on price; deciding between a natural gem and an enhanced gem ...and new glass-gemstone compositions; coloured gemstone synthesis and treatment; what to get in writing; how to get what you want within your budget; price guides for popular gems, opals and synthetic stones; important information about buying on the Internet; and, what to ask when buying the stone . ..and much more! Written by an 'insider', this easy-to-read guide is the 'unofficial coloured gemstone bible' for anyone who wants to get the most for their money and enjoy what they have purchased.