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Opals (Fred Ward Gem Book) Paperback – September 10, 2000


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Beautifully photographed...researched with Ward's usual thoroughness...easily understood. -- Gemmological Association of Australia <br /><br />Opals from A to Z...detailed, concise, and personally researched at the mines...incredibly informative and a joy to read. --Greg Sherman, FGAA, renowned Australian opal dealer

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Author and gemologist Fred Ward personally visited and photographed all the locations included in this enticing new revision of his highly successful original edition of OPALS. Mr. Ward created the National Geographic Magazine gemstone series of articles and for 14 years traveled the world researching the best and most beautiful specimens. Now he has published separate books on the best-known and loved gems: DIAMONDS, EMERALDS, RUBIES & SAPPHIRES, PEARLS, JADE, OPALS, PHENOMENAL GEMS: THE GEMS THAT DO TRICKS, plus GEM CARE.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Gem Guides Book Company; Revised edition (September 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887651047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887651042
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,638,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many of our armchair adventures began by flipping pages of a National Geographic Magazine. Glimpses of foreign cultures, the beauty of the planet from the majestic to the minute, or a look toward the heavens above or secrets below have come from the images of National Geographic photographs. As photographer and writer over the past four decades, Fred Ward has opened our eyes to special and spectacular views of the world. His contributions to Time, Newsweek, Life, and, of course, National Geographic have led him through adventures that we merely read about. If the adventure makes the man, his retelling makes his audiences a part of the action.

Fred Ward has simply done it all. His travels for Geographic led him through more than 130 countries, piloting experimental aircraft and his own helicopter, and diving underwater, all in search of the perfect picture and the most interesting story. His photography has won numerous national awards, and his work--including historic images of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Gerald Ford¬--is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Library of Congress. His journalism has also collected a variety of honors.

Fred's gemstone series for National Geographic evolved into nine published gem books. His connections in the industry gave him the opportunity to become not only a gem dealer but also the owner and founder of Jade Designs, Blue Planet Gems, and ultimately, Gem Book Publishers. Along the way, he produced and directed two National Endowment for the Humanities films on Mexico, and various TV commercials and corporate documentaries, and he served as a special gem consultant for National Geographic television.

Without a doubt, through his explorations in the world, this man shares his legendary experiences with the rest of us.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By drigdon@prodigy.com on December 12, 1997
Format: Paperback
The book gives a good overall insight into how opals are formed, types of opals, where they are mined, how they are mined and many stories surrounding opals and opal miners. It was informative and entertaining. Would have liked to have seen a little more information that would clue you into how to select and price black opals.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cybamuse on June 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
This slim little book taught me more about opals than rummaging around in the opal stores and book stores of Sydney ever did... Fred and Charlotte have managed to add lots of juicy information about opals - how they are made, history, cutting, what makes them special etc and present it in a very easy to read manner. A great book to give anyone an indepth knowledge of opals!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bob Cook on April 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the most informative and fun to read book on opals ever published. As a collector and opal dealer, I highly recommend this book to learn about the opal history of Australia with lots of great stories!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Todd Chenoweth on January 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I liked the description of the miners and their culture at Lighting Ridge. But if you want information on how to select and price an opal, especially a black opal, you need Paul Downing's Opal Identification & Value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Crosby on August 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have been lucky to have obtained both newer and older source books on Opals. This book is good - perhaps very good. But it is lacking in some areas. It doesn't really come close to Allan W. Eckert's "The World of Opals." Nor does it compare with Paul B. Downing's book, "Opal Identification & Value." I think you can find these on Amazon and possibly you may even come across Wilfred C. Eyles' "The Book of Opals." This one is a bit older (last printing was somewhere around the mid-70s). Honestly, I'm not about to say, "thumbs down," to Mr. Ward's book. I't certainly has a lot of attractive pictures and decent information. Please do not let your opal library be without Mr. Ward's book. However, I do think an opal book collector would first want to find some of the other books I've mentioned.
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