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Modern Day Indiana Jones to Exhibit Gems at Topaz

January 19, 2012
The Maui Weekly

A unique display of 60,000 of the world's gem, mineral and jewelry specimens from Central Asia can be viewed and purchased at Topaz Goldsmith & Gallery in Kihei from Friday to Sunday, Jan. 20 to 22. The unique event will open on Friday with a champagne and pupu beginning at 5 p.m.

The exhibition and sale will be presented by gem hunter and adventurer Gary W. Bowersox, who was described as a "modern day Indiana Jones" by Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America."

He is the author of "The Gem Hunter, True Adventures of an American in Afghanistan" and "Gemstones of Afghanistan."

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Adventurer and gem hunter Gary W. Bowersox will present a unique display of 60,000 of the world’s gem, mineral and jewelry specimens from Central Asia at Topaz Goldsmith & Gallery in Kihei from Friday to Sunday, Jan. 20 to 22.

Bowersox spent 40 years in Afghanistan, resulting in a rare collection of 60,000 gems ranging in price from $2 to $100,000.

Bowersox recently returned from a four-week trip to Afghanistan and Tajikistan's mining areas to purchase gems and distribute 80,500 school supplies for the Rotary Club of Hawai'i Kai and 4,000 pairs of eyeglasses for the Kamehameha Lions Club.

The Hindu Kush Mountains of Central Asia are now yielding emeralds, rubies, sapphires, aquamarines, tourmalines, spinels, lapis lazuli and many other rare gems. The Bowersox exhibit includes spectacular cut gems, such as a 169-carat aquamarine, 124-carat kunzite and large gem mineral specimens featured in "Gems and Gemology Magazine."

Bowersox,, a Vietnam veteran, has traveled to more than 80 countries, and has worked with gem miners in Afghanistan, Brazil, Burma, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Thailand. He has chaired eight symposiums on "The Gems and Minerals of Afghanistan," and was presenter/consultant on "The Gem Hunter in Afghanistan 2001," a 52-minute television documentary to be shown at Topaz Goldsmith & Gallery.

Topaz Goldsmith & Gallery, located at 2395 S. Kihei Road, Ste. 117, will be open for the exhibition and sale on Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. 5 p.m.

For additional information and a free gem, go to Visit for more information or call Nancy Fairclough at (808) 879-0904.



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