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
with confidence!


Learn, expand your knowledge and make better buying decisions.

Three Ways to Help You

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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 

Mogok, (Burma)

Australia, Tanzania

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Travel Guides

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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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.


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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!

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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. 

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Alexis Krawzow 

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


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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. 


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Paul Falk

Going to Thailand? Interesting in gems? This pocket guide would certainly come in handy.  


Have fun but remember one thing - buyer beware.


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Sinead Buckney

Love this book - it is full of easy to read essential knowledge for your travels. 


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Aleida Solis

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


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Nessa Thompson

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!


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Angeline Wijaya

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!


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This is a handy guide if you work with jewels.

I’m really glad I have this book on my hands.

I highly recommend it!!!


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Sean Bond

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.


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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!

Some great tips!

Thanks Kim for a colourful and interesting read. 


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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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I have 3 of the Gemstone Detective's books, and they have just the right amount of information you would need to go on a gemstone adventure.


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