Sorting the facts from the fake!

A unique learning resource for the novice gemstone collector
I help you buy
with confidence


Learn, expand your knowledge and make better buying decisions.

Three Ways to Learn!

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Get a taste for field gemmology and experience the real gem trade on one of our tailormade tours exclusively for hobbyists who are keen to learn more.

Sri Lanka, Vietnam 

Mogok, (Burma)


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Travel Guides

The world's first travel guide series for the hobby gem collector - to help you buy with confidence on your travels.

Beginner's gemmology explained without jargon. 


Ask for a signed copy!

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Kim Rix has travelled all over the world to acquire the information she will be sharing with you.


She aims to educate, motivate, help and inspire her audience.


What you'll learn:

  • What's your birthstone

  • What's it's unique meaning

  • Does it have symbolic value

  • Ways it improve your life

  • Quircky facts, myths & beliefs

       and so much more!

Select your interests

What's the essence of Gemstone Detective?

In short, Gemstone Detective is about the experience – the romance – of buying a gem abroad. It’s about connecting your gem with incredible memories and smiling when you look down at the ring on your finger. It’s about bringing a little of that holiday sparkle back home with you and wearing it next to your heart.


Feedback about the books...
more book reviews on Google and Goodreads 

Sally Mitton

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. 


Nessa Thompson

This book bought back great memories of what a wonderful place Thailand is to visit. 

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!


Lea Bella

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!

There were some great tips!

Thanks Kim for a colourful and interesting read. 


Alexis Krawzow 

This great pocket travelguide about gemstones 💎 in the USA is so informative and the photos are superb! 💎


Aleida  Solis

I find your writing informative and your books very colorful, with such inspiring insight into the world of Rocks.


Sean Bond

I proposed to my wife. I thought you might like to know how your book has played a hand in this romantic gesture in the making.  Thanks for the inspiration!


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Thailand is a world hub for gemstone treatment and continues to be where most of the lead glass filled rubies (also known as ‘composite rubies’) are manufactured these days.

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Mining the world’s finest moonstone in Sri Lanka

Could there be a more romantic gemstone name than moonstone? Once believed to be solidified moon beams, moonstone has been a favourite for thousands of years and it’s certainly one of mine!