The Gem Hunter: True Adventures of an American in Afghanistan

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"The Gem Hunter," Gary W. Bowersox, tells his own personal story of over thirty years spent searching for precious gems in the mountains and valleys of rugged Afghanistan. During his many adventures of exploration, danger and intrigue, Gary trades gems and stories with Afghan miners, ethnic people, freedom fighters, government officials, scientists, and on a few occasions, international spies. His account is the true story of a life spent hunting the beautiful rubies, emeralds, sapphires, aquamarines, tourmalines and lapis lazuli of Afghanistan.

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Gary W. Bowersox is an internationally recognized gem hunter, explorer, lecturer, author, and gemologist. In 1991 he brought the discoveries of high-quality emeralds in Afghanistan to the world's attention through his "Emeralds of Panjsher Valley Afghanistan" published in Gems and Gemology magazine. In 1995 he co-authored the first authoritative book on Afghanistan entitled "Gemstones of Afghanistan," published by Geoscience Press. His love of adventure and passion for precious gems has taken him to more than 80 countries. He has driven three hundred thousand miles to display and sell his gems at jewelry store events throughout the U.S. His graduate studies at Western Michigan University and the University of Hawaii in finance and investments and his war experience as a U.S. Army Major in Viet Nam have served as a foundation for his gem business. He is a Fellow and active member of The Explorer's Club and the Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association.

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"An authoritative, important, professionally researched and well written book about a subject worth exploring." -- Gary Roskin, G.G., FGA, Gemstone Editor, JCK Magazine

"Gary Bowersox has been called a modern-day 'Indiana Jones'." -- Diane Sawyer, ABC's "Good Morning America"

"His personal account speaks volumes and vividly provides a window into the struggle of the Afghan people." -- Ambassador Haron Amin, Afghanistan Ambassador to Japan

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