ABOUT THE SECOND EDITION
This second edition has been enlarged and largely re-written. Five new introductory essays and ten new chapters have been added together with numerous photographs.
Though the principles of connoisseurship are in some sense immutable, much has changed and a great deal has been learned since I took a deep breath and put the 1st edition to bed in 2002. The ruby mines at Mong Hsu have played out and new deposits with unique characteristics have been discovered in Tanzania, Madagascar and Mozambique. The discovery of hot pink spinel near Mahenge, Tanzania, together with the discovery in North Vietnam of quantities of a little known variety of spinel colored blue by Cobalt have profoundly altered both the market and the connoisseurship equation in spinel. The venerable natural pearl, more or less disregarded since the rise of the pearl culturing, has returned to prominence. Cuprian tourmaline with characteristics that differ markedly from Brazilian Paraíba have been found in Mozambique. My travels have continued. I have spent time buying emerald in Bogotá and visited the mines of Boyacá, broadening and deepening my understanding of emerald. Several excursions along Jade Row at the Hong Kong Gem Show, together with a visit to the jade market in Guangzhou, China, has sharpened my understanding, I hope, of that inscrutable gem. I have returned several times to Bangkok and been privileged to speak with many of the great experts that reside in that city and have visited the spinel mines and markets of Luc Yen, North Vietnam.GET STARTED NOW
Here’s what the world’s experts say:
Richard Wise opened my eyes to a whole new way of viewing gems. Connoisseurship allows us to search out and enjoy the finer aspects of gems… The second edition is better in many ways. There is much more of everything that made the first book great. Richard’s definition of what is precious has expanded to include many new gems.
The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
Secrets of the Gem Trade, second edition, is a treasure for any novice or expert Gem Lover… Generally, experts don’t reveal their hard-earned secrets. This book does it all. I got my copy yesterday and couldn’t put it down. Remarkable in its scope, quality of information and superb pictures of gems and sources, this book is a must have.
Graduate Gemologist, Amazon.com
In essence, Wise has placed in print the considerations that such experts gain through decades of experience in the market. As a gem industry analyst, I really enjoyed the revised edition. It is an excellent resource and an absolute “must” read for anyone interested in gems!
President of the Accredited Gemologists Association
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