Sorting the facts from the fake!
A learning resource for those with an amateur interest (for fun, craft or hobby) in jewellery.
To help you buy jewellery
Learn, expand your knowledge and make better buying decisions.
Three Ways to Help You
Experience a new culture and the real gem trade on one of our tailormade tours exclusively for hobbyists who are keen to learn new skills.
Sri Lanka, Vietnam
The world's first travel guide series for the gemstone & jewellery hobbyist - helping you buy with confidence on your travels.
We've done the leg-work for you!
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What you'll learn:
What your birthstone is
The unique meaning of gems
Their symbolic values
How to enhance your life
Facts, myths & beliefs
and so much more!
What's the purpose of Gemstone Detective?
Gemstone Detective has been created to give you, the enthusiast, just enough basic knowledge to feel confident and enjoy the experience of buying a gem abroad.
If you are a tourist with little or no knowledge of gemstones, we want to help you avoid being cheated out of your hard earned cash!
In essence, Gemstone Detective will help you to make an informed decision about what and where to buy. It will give you the knowledge needed to feel comfortable that your purchase is genuine and therefore make the whole experience fun and memorable for the right reasons.
This great pocket travelguide about gemstones 💎 in the USA is so informative and the photos are superb! 💎
This was not at all what I expected, in fact, it was better. An interesting book which gives an insight into trading gemstones and what to do and what not to do. Very interesting to read about the history of some of the gemstones.
Going to Thailand? Interesting in gems? This pocket guide would certainly come in handy.
Have fun but remember one thing - buyer beware.
Love this book - it is full of easy to read essential knowledge for your travels.
I find your writing informative and your books very colorful, with such inspiring insight into the world of Rocks.
This book is a must have if you are travelling to Thailand and want to purchase gemstones.
I'm very glad I had it with me!
I had no knowledge or dared to buy - until I found this book and bought a gemstone for my engagement ring using Kim's list of trusted dealers in Sri Lanka!
If you are also like me, wanted to buy a gem abroad but not a pro, you definitely need this book!
I proposed to my wife under a full moon in Sri Lanka - so it seems to me that there is no better gem for a wedding ring than a blue moonstone that we sourced ourselves using this book.
I took this book with me to Mexico to get clued up for purchasing gemstones.
I learned so much that it will change the way I purchase jewellery forever!
Some great tips!
Thanks Kim for a colourful and interesting read.
I liked the intention behind the books. They help bring awareness of the pitfalls of buying gems from unreputable sources. The books share good advice and also contact details of honest traders.
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