Created in 2018 by Kim Rix, Gemstone Detective is a unique resource to help hobbyists and enthusiasts feel more confident about about buying gemstones and jewellery around the world.
“In truth it all started in Egypt three years earlier when I bought what I thought was a very expensive Burmese ruby – it turned out to be glass” explains Kim.
Embarrassed by her mistake, Kim decided to learn about gemstones and qualified as a Gemmologist with the GIA (Gemological Institute of America).
Driven by a desire to help people avoid that same mistake, Kim began writing the Gemstone Detective series.
“The thing is that every country has its share of bad apples and tourist destinations are particularly prone to attracting scammers. Dishonest people can use your lack of knowledge to get you to part with your hard-earned cash. You can’t get away from that" says Kim.
Designed for hobbyists, frequent travellers and newbies just starting out in the jewellery trade, Gemstone Detective was written to protect consumers.
Giving enthusiasts the chance to experience the gem trade, Gemstone Tours was successfully launched in 2020.