Diamonds 101: A Buyer’s Guide – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Dirk Rendel

In Diamonds 101: A Diamond Buyers Guide, Dirk Rendel shares a series of tips and secrets about the complex process of buying diamond jewelry. In this book, Rendel addresses the components of diamond jewelry and the six C’s of diamond grading: Cut, Clarity, Color, Carat, Cost, and Confidence. He also explains why each of those factors matters and how to appraise them like a true expert. His accredited expertise will help readers identify the true value of diamonds – and the sneaky tricks retailers use to deceive their customers.

In some areas, Diamonds 101 appeared to be a bit disorganized. Although not severely so, certain passages seemed to interrupt the flow of information, and would have been better suited elsewhere. Also, there was a fair bit of inconsistency; sometimes, the vocabulary terms were capitalized for easy recognition, and other times, they were not. Sometimes, terms were mentioned or referred to before they were clearly defined, leading to some confusion for the reader. Diamonds 101 could certainly use a bit of re-organization.

However, there is a ton of incredibly useful information in this book. It’s narrated in a conversational tone that casually relays information without ever feeling like a formal textbook. Dirk Rendel’s use of humor and real-life analogies is witty and infectiously funny, lending a light-hearted tone to an otherwise straightforward buyer’s guide. Diamonds 101: A Diamond Buyers Guide is an insanely helpful book, giving readers a practical approach to buying diamonds like a real expert in just a short number of pages. After finishing it, any reader should be able to walk into a jewelry store and buy diamonds with confidence.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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