About the author

Karen Simmons

<p><strong>KAREN SIMMONS</strong>, author of <em>Perfectly Clear</em>, forged her love of gems as a child and by her early twenties quickly discovered a bona fide talent for delivering &ldquo;shine&rdquo; and sustainability to client investment portfolios. Karen immediately dove into the fine gem business in 1976 and never looked back. A GIA Gemologist for thirty years, Karen travels the world to keep her ear to the gemstone &ldquo;ground&rdquo; in destinations such as Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Africa, and Sri Lanka. Karen is a member of the Diamond Bourse of Canada, which is a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses, and jewelry store proprietor for over three decades. She also provides investment seminars and buying trips for gem connoisseurs.</p><p>Karen is also an award-winning author of nine books, including <em>Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs </em>with co-authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, and is</p><p>an Independent Publishers Gold Medal award winner. A citizen of Canada and the United States, she also has a US based company, Exceptional Resources, Inc., specializing in promoting larger investment-quality white and colored diamonds to retailers and investors. Karen also offers co-branding opportunities for jewelers and jewelry trade organizations.</p><p>WHEN KAREN SPEAKS DIAMONDS, PEOPLE LISTEN</p>