Category: connoisseurship

A Meditation On Cultured Pearls

By Richard W. Wise, G.G. ©2017 Part I I began my career as a faceted stone man. It took me a long time to warm up to pearls. A fine diamond will blast you with brilliance and a ruby will step right up and sock you in the eye. Not so the pearl! Pearls seemed…
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British Journal of Gemology Review: Secrets Of The Gem Trade (2nd Edition)

Secrets of the Gem Trade, 2nd edn. By Richard W. Wise, 2016. Brunswick House Press, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA, 404 pages, illus., ISBN 978-0972822329. US$99.95 hardcover. Why publish a second edition of the successful Secrets of the Gem Trade? Wise perhaps explains it best in his preface: “This second edition has been enlarged and largely rewritten.…
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Review of Secrets Of The Gem Trade (2nd Edition) On Pearl-Guide.com

I wrote a book review for the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. Having said what I felt about this book from the standpoint of a gemologist and appraiser, I then had a very hard time writing a different review for Pearl Guide. So, rather than sit with writer’s block indefinitely, I am sharing my NAJA…
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World Gem Foundation Review of Secrets Of The Gem Trade (Second Edition)

When it comes to books or music or anything else for that matter, one does not have to exist at the exclusion of others. In my opinion, they can happily co-exist and are often complimentary to other. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses and these should be embraced rather than discounted. There are several…
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Secrets of The Gem Trade (2nd Edition) One of Eight Five star reviews on Amazon.com

A Great New review of Secrets Of The Gem Trade, The Connoisseur’s Guide To Precious Gemstones ***** 5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Secrets revealed! By Deborah Mazza on December 24, 2016 Format: Hardcover Thirteen years after the first edition came out, Richard W. Wise has published a second edition of his acclaimed book, updated it…
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Prepublication Review in Pala International’s Refractive Index Newsletter.

The cat is out of the bag and the gem/jewelry trade press is beginning to react.  When first published in 2003, Secrets Of The Gem Trade, The Connoisseur’s Guide To Precious Gemstones was lauded as the first book to “lift the veil” as described in a review in GIA’s prestigious Gems & Gemology Magazine.  Sixteen…
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Secrets of the Gem Trade (2nd edition) Completely Revised.

SECRETS OF THE GEM TRADE, THE CONNOISSEUR’S GUIDE TO PRECIOUS GEMSTONES, (2nd Edition) November 2016 will mark the publication of the 2nd edition of Secrets Of The Gem Trade, The Connoisseur’s Guide To Precious Gemstones.  The book has been expanded from 277 to 404 pages with eleven additional chapters and five new introductory essays and…
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