Be a sleuth and bring back some treasured memories


This travel guide is part of the Gemstone Detective series, created for those who are curious about gemstones. Written by Kim Rix, a gemmologist, photographer and global traveller, this book makes it easy to turn your travels into a gem-collecting hobby or jewellery adventure.


From award-winning beaches to famous auction houses and world-class museums, Great Britain boasts an abundance of places for a gemstone enthusiast to investigate.


“The landscapes will amaze – from the rolling hills of England, the fire and stone of Wales’ castles and the awe-inspiring Highlands of Scotland. Whilst we may not be the home of sapphires and rubies, there are plenty of jewels woven into our rich tapestry of a nation.”

Joss Croft, CEO, UKinbound


Let Kim take you on a journey to discover Britain's most famous gemstones: Whitby jet, Baltic amber and Blue John fluorite. Whether you're buying or beachcombing, you're sure to have fun! This book gives you all the information you’ll need before you set out.


Kim Rix is dedicated to visiting each country in the Gemstone Detective series, to provide readers with up-to-date and trusted information.

Gemstone Detective: Buying Gemstones & Jewellery in Great Britain

  • Publication date: 12 April, 2021

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Nessa Thompson

After reading Kim Rix last book “Buying Gemstones & Jewellery In Sri Lanka The Gemstone Detective Series” and Visiting Sri Lanka I had to read her new book Buying Gemstones and Jewellery in Thailand by Kim Rix.  What a wonderful Gem of a book Kim’s new book is.  I have lost count how many times I have been to Thailand on Holiday and this book is another wonderful find if you’re visiting this beautiful colourful country especially if you would like to purchase gems.  This small book is crammed with so much great information with wonderful photos throughout. These bought back great memories of what a wonderful place this is to visit.

This book is a 100% must if you are travelling to Thailand and would like to purchase Gemstones etc.
This book is just brilliant and I would highly recommend it.  Big Thank you to Netgalley for letting me read and review Buying Gemstones & Jewellery in Thailand By Kim Rix.

Lee Faraida

I wish i have this book 10 years ago before i travel to Colombo, Srilanka. The book is easy to read and contains key information for a newbie to know before they buy anything in the tourist location. I probably can save more money if i have this book 10 years ago although the prices at that point in time maybe low enough vs now, esp for sapphire. Thanks again for writing the book and will look forward to buy the next book related to Myanmar/Mogok.

Aleida Solis

Though tailored for the international tourist, this book is full of noteworthy resources for anyone seeking rock hounding adventures across the United States. The pictures are dynamic and the methodology provides valuable and easily researched advice about gemstones, gem shows and rock hounding tours. It is small enough to carry in a pocket, making it a perfect travel companion. I enjoyed this book so much and will continue to us it as a guide for future excursions. I cannot wait to read the rest of the set.

Melinda Handgen

I used Kim’s book while planning a recent trip to Thailand. As a graduate gemologist, I was glad to see factual but easy to understand information about gems and that reassured me that I could trust the rest of the information in her book. Kim gives a great overview of local customs and common sense travel advice. As a first time visitor to Thailand, I felt more confident while gem shopping in Chanthaburi. I found this book to be so useful that I’ve also purchased “Buying Gemstones and Jewellery Worldwide” and it’s another great book from Kim Rix!


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