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.