Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Liddicoat Awardee to Appear on Writers Panel...

Latest winner of the prestigious Richard T. Liddicoat award to appear on a panel of authors at the AGTA Gemfair!

Gemological Institute of America (GIA), at a surprise ceremony awarded John Koivula, chief research gemologist, the Richard T. Liddicoat Award for Distinguished Achievement.

For those of you who are attending the Tucson Gem Show there is a rare opportunity to meet three of the most important writers in the industry!

February 4th

THURSDAY 1:00 – 2:00 P.M.

Books for Gem Lovers!
John Koivula, Ron Ringsrud, Richard W. Wise
(Mohave room)
Basic - Intermediate. Authors of recent new and revised Gem Books discuss their works.
John Koivula: Photo Atlas of Inclusions in Gemstones: Vol III and Geologica-Earth’s Dynamic Forces

Ronald Ringsrud: Emeralds A Passionate Guide The Emeralds, The People, Their Secrets

Richard W. Wise: The French Blue

This should have something for everyone - the range of authors is really good. If you aren't familiar with their work - let me take a minute to help you catch up!

John Koivula's books should be on every Gemologists bookshelf. Some of the best microphotography available is in the three volumes of his Photo Atlas of Inclusions in Gemstones.

The third volume of his Atlas and his Geologica will be available for purchase and John will signing these highly sought books! This is exciting because you can't just go to Amazon and pick up these books...and of the three presenters this is book I don't yet own and autographed copy of!

Ron Ringsrud's "Emeralds, A Passionate Guide " is being compared to Richard Hughes' "Ruby & Sapphire"...the name is perfect - Ron is passionate about the stones, the people and the ways of his adopted home in Colombia! Click through to read a review of Ron's (standing room only) book signing event in Southern California here.

....and last but certainly not least - Richard W. Wise has already made a name for himself as a world renown jeweler but not one to sit on his laurels, Wise wrote a best seller in the gem industry. "Secrets of the Gem Trade" is a book that appealed to Industry and Amateur alike, and now he has produced a book that defies categorization..."The French Blue".

"The French Blue" is an illustrated historical novel of the the 17th Century. It follows the voyages of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier on his gem expeditions, through adventure and love affairs, culminating in the story of the blue diamond that became known as "The Hope Diamond".

Tucson TIP! Did you know that you don't always have to pay for a first class education? In Tucson the AGTA Seminars offer some of the finest speakers in the Industry - free of charge!!! So find a seminar that appeals to you here and I'll - See you at the Show!!!

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