Hey! I'm Kim
I'm a bit of a gem geek. I could spend all day looking at gemstones.
I love travelling to exotic places, photographing wildlife, drinking wine or gin & tonic, meeting new people and showing other gemstone enthusiasts how to use a loupe properly.
I created Gemstone Detective back in 2018.
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.
I was so upset with myself because I thought I knew a thing or two about gemstones. Clearly I was naive, which is why I decided to study with the GIA (Gemological Institute of America). I am now a gemmologist.
As it happens, that silly mistake gave me a new purpose - to help other people avoid being cheated. That's when I came up with the idea for Gemstone Detective.
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".