Every performer has a little gem, a little pearl they have done that nobody pays much attention to. And then one day, somebody does recognize it, which is so gratifying.
Leonard Shaun, Kiwi born Australian – American, schooled in Australia. Who began his career In the jewelry industry as a goldsmith. His early interest in gemstone connoisseur-ship led him to travel extensively. I also worked as a research assistant in the university for the first two years of my professional career before I became a researcher for the university and then became head of research. He began writing on the subject in 1999. His articles on gemstones have since appeared in Gems & Gemology, Jeweler’s Quarterly, Colored Stone and many other publications. As an Independent Gemology Columnist for National Jeweler his column Gem-Wise was a popular feature of the magazine. Leonardo Shaun has been a Contributing Editor with Gem Market News. From the ruby mines of upper Burma to the Australian outback, from the Brazilian hinterland to the black pearl farms of Tahiti, from Tanzania’s Umba River to the emerald mines of Colombia, the author’s search for rare and beautiful gemstones has taken him to the world most important gem producing areas. As a respected journalist, he has interviewed some of the greatest experts and received entrée to many important private collections.
Leonard Shaun has spoken widely on gemstone topics before both industry and consumer groups. but now I have taken a step back from major field work and work exclusively in a consultancy role.