Greetings all, yes you have read correctly, R. W. Wise, Goldsmiths is closing after 35 years. Time is the ultimate luxury. You only have so much and no matter how rich you are, you can't buy more. Everything on our website is 20% off and each week one category of merchandise will be put on special at an additional reduction in price for one week only. Keep an eye out or send us an email if you want to get on the llist to be notified of the weekly specials.
The Beginning of My Journey:
I have always wanted to write. What I was lacking is a subject. Oddly my first idea was a book on gemstone connoisseurship. It was February 25th 1986 and I was sitting on the end of a dock that jutted out into the lagoon at Manihi Island, 350 miles north of Tahiti in the Tuamoutu Island Group. That morning I began writing my very first article, the subject; Tahitian Black Pearls. At that time there was only one other article in English on the subject and that written by Fred Ward appeared in National Geographic a year or two before.
I was eager to learn all about gemstones, but I found that dealers were less than eager to help. The literature wasn't of much use, there were many books on the subject that delt with the history, lore, physical attributes, but almost nothing that talked about quality grading and the nuances of connoisseurship. I decided to write that book and that decision subsequently took me to the gem producing areas of Thailand, Burma, East Africa, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Vietnam. The result was my first book, Secrets Of The Gem Trade, The Connoisseur's Guide To Precious Gemstones.
As part of my research into the literature, I encountered The Six Voyages of the 17th Century gem merchant and adventurer, Jean Baptiste Tavernier. Like most gem dealers, Tavernier was fairly close mouthed about gems, but in the telling of his story he could not resist a bit of boasting and it was in that mood that he revealed several important secrets of the gem trade. Thus, he was a mentor and when I was thinking about my first novel, I decided to tell Tavernier's story in novel form. This began my 5 1/2 year journey writing The French Blue.
Will this be the end of my interest in gemstones? Well, as my good friend Shaun O'Sullivan points out, once bitten, it's difficult to break the habit. I will continue to travel and to write about gemstones and to source stones for some of my collectors who are interested in the best and the brightest the gem world has to offer.
My next novel, now about 80% complete is set in the city of Boston in the mid-1970s. Upon completion of our sale, I will be devoting full time to its completion. In case you are wondering, there is not a gem in sight.
Thank you, all of you who have supported me in one way or the other over the last 35 years. Stay tuned.