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Antonio Bonanno

Antonio Bonanno
Antonio C. Bonanno, F.G.A., A.S.A., M.G.A., noted gemologist and appraiser, was founder and President of National Gem Appraising Laboratory, and Director of Columbia School of Gemology near Washington, D.C. He held the coveted "Master Gemologist Appraiser" title (M.G.A.), the highest distinction awarded to gem and jewelry appraisers of the American Society of Appraisers. He worked with gems and minerals for over 50 years, specializing in forensic gemology, and was frequently called as an expert witness in a wide range of court cases. He was one of the first Americans to become a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain "With Distinction" and was an Associate of the Alumni of the Gemological Institute of America. Highly esteemed in the field, he was past president of the Accredited Gemologists Association and member of numerous gemological associations. Today, three daughters and one son, all registered gemologists, carry on his dedication to gemological research and educating professionals and consumers alike.

Engagement & Wedding Rings
Antoinette Matlins
Antonio Bonanno
Engagement & Wedding Rings takes the fear and anxiety out of buying an engagement or wedding ring, restoring the romance and the magic of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Inside Engagement & Wedding Rings, you'll find everything you need to know to select, buy and enjoy . . . to truly experience the wonder and excitement that should be part of finding--or creating that "perfect" ring.

Engagement & Wedding Rings is filled with useful information to help you make the right choice, including:

  • Romantic traditions behind engagement and wedding rings.
  • How to select the right design and style for you.
  • Tricks to get what you want on a budget.
  • Steps to compare prices properly.
  • How to select the perfect bridal pearls.
  • The latest cuts, ring styles and designs.
  • Secrets to differences in diamonds and colored gemstones that may appear to be the same quality.
  • How to select your jeweler, appraiser and insurer.
  • What to do to protect yourself against fraud and misrepresentation--what to ask and what to get in writing.
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