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Know your Value: The Basics of Jewelry Buying

GIA-certified jewelry designer, graduate jeweler, pearl grader and graduate gemologist Susan Oliver Heard will discuss topics within the many facets of jewelry buying. The purpose is to explain the basic properties of diamonds, pearls and colored gems. Susan will teach you how to assess the traits to determine the quality of genuine gemstones. The lecture will leave you with a firm grasp of the four "Cs"—clarity, cut, color and carat weight—in diamonds; how to detect treatments; and the aspects that affect the value of pearls and colored stone purchases. This workshop is sponsored by Dolce Jewelers and is free to the public at Wilkinson Public Library, 6 p.m.