After writing and photographing articles over 28 years for National Geographic and other magazines and originating, writing, and photographing Geographic’s gemstone series for the last 14 of those years, Fred Ward has devoted the last 10 years to writing and publishing his popular Fred Ward Gem Series, America’s Most Popular Gem Book Series. Using his vast personal experience as a journalist and a Graduate Gemologist (GIA), Mr. Ward has encapsulated his research and first-hand, on-the-scene adventures in the gem trade to produce individual books on the major gemstones. Applauded as a welcome contrast to expensive coffee-table gem books, each concise, affordable, all-color, high quality, 6X9-inch book is packed with information designed to entertain and inform.

Fred Ward has personally visited all the sites and people pictured in each book (such as several private interviews with Elizabeth Taylor) to assure you the most accurate, up-to-date interesting gem information. These are the books you’ve seen in bookstores across America, England, Australia, at the Smithsonian Institution, the British Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum, Amazon.com, the Gemological Institute of America, and on QVC. Now you can buy all titles directly from the publisher.For computer enthusiasts, these books are possible because of the revolution in publishing. Each is designed entirely in PageMaker on a Mac G4 computer. The high quality color images are all either scanned directly from original slides or reproduced from new digital camera files. All color correction and separations are done on MACs. Each completed book is delivered on CDs directly to a quality printing firm to provide you with the most accurate and beautiful color reproduction. Each 64-page book contains approximately 125 gorgeous images.