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Richard W. Wise


Richard Wise is the author of three books. The author's first book, SECRETS OF THE GEM TRADE, THE CONNOISSEUR'S GUIDE TO PRECIOUS GEMSTONES, was originally published in 2003. Exten-sively revised and rewritten, the 2016 2nd edition has added 127 pages, 11 new chapters, 5 new introductory essays and 161 additional photographs.

Mr. Wise's second book, THE FRENCH BLUE, a historical novel published in 2010, was the winner of a 2011 International Book Award in Historical Fiction. The novel is set in the 17th century gem trade. Called "a fine piece of historical fiction" in a 5-star review by Midwest Book Review, The French Blue tells the back-story of the Hope Diamond and the true-life adventures of 17th century gem merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier.

REDLINED, a mystery thriller, is the author’s third book and will be released October 1st 2019.

Mr. Wise has enjoyed a diverse career. He is a former professional community organizer who ran organizing projects in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the 1970s. He became a goldsmith and Graduate Gemo-logist in the 1980s and began traveling internationally and writing about gemstones in 1986. His articles have appeared in Gems & Gemology and many other industry publications.  He is a former Gemology Columnist for National Jeweler and a Contribu-ting Editor to Gem Market News.   He currently writes a book review column in Gemmology Today. 

 

 

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