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Welcome to Gemstone Detective

I’m Kim Rix, author and founder of Gemstone Detective!

Four years ago, in Egypt, I bought a so called ‘natural‘ Burmese ruby. Back home, my local jeweller told me it’s probably glass. Sound familiar?

What should you look for?  What should you avoid? I wish I had known these and other important questions to ask before I bought my ruby! 

Now that I’m a Gemmologist, I want to help educate consumers so that they can avoid making the same mistake. These travel guides are based on my own independent research and trust, to help protect against fraud.

Gemstone Detective Series 

Written for the layperson, they are a travel guide with a focus on beginners gemmology; designed to open your eyes to the joys and pitfalls you can encounter when buying gemstones and jewellery abroad. Knowing some of the tell tale signs could help!

Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, India, USA, Myanmar, Brazil, Colombia and Tanzania, are just some of the countries I’ll be visiting!

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I hope you remain safe. Thank you for your business, friendship and trust.


Online Review: Buying Gemstones and Jewellery in Sri Lanka

Have you ever been tempted to buy jewellery on your travels?  I used to travel an awful lot more than I do these days, and much further afield too.  My ex and I would spend time walking around gem stores in Thailand but really without a clue about what we should be looking for.  I did come back from Dubai with a diamond ring but we never risked making an investment elsewhere.

Gemstone Books

If you are considering purchasing a gemstone or piece of jewellery abroad, this book series is essential reading for the plane! It is full of expert advice, insider information and practical tips to help you better understand the trade. Each book contains the local, country specific information you need: the low down on local shops, markets and jewellery exhibitions; dos and don’ts for each country; popular local scams, and whether to haggle and how you should go about it.

All this comes in addition to simple, jargon-free information about different gemstones.

The Gemstone Detective series, is a ‘how to’ guide for anyone who wants to experience the fun, excitement and romance of buying jewellery in countries around the world renowned for their natural gemstones. Kim Rix is dedicated to visiting each country in the series to provide readers with the best advice.

Kim Rix’s  second book in her series the Gemstone Detective –  this time on buying gemstones and jewellery in India – fills a gap in the average tourist’s knowledge on  a complex subject. She sets out descriptions of the gems likely to be found ;where best to go to buy and the questions to be asked ; and the assurances that should be given. She has a series of top tips to follow when buying that are essential to study and follow.  All this in 150 pages – but still in a booklet small enough to go in your pocket. Happy shopping!

Five star review

S Higgins

After reading Kim Rix’s 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.


Five star review

Nessa Thompson

I’m going to Sri Lanka soon so I thought this book could be interesting.
I was more than right. And Kim Rix is right when she says buying a fake could be a costly mistake. I should know – it’s happened to me!
There are so many pitfalls and this book takes you through them all. It won’t put me off buying but it will give me a great deal more confidence that I’ll get good value for money and not get ripped off. It tells you how you can get your purchases checked out for authenticity before you buy and even what not to wear when you go down to a market. I’m sure taking it with me. Here’s hoping!

Five star review

a serious traveller

This was not at all what I expected, in fact, it was better than expected.
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 and how they became downgraded to semi-precious.
I liked the book it was very informative.

Five star review

Sally Mitton
Reviewer at

I found Buying Gemstones & Jewellery In Sri Lanka The Gemstone Detective Series by Kim Rix – a little gem of a book. Especially as I was lucky enough to go there for my Honeymoon 25 years ago. It is a beautiful country to visit. This little book brought back lots of lovely special memories for me especially as we purchased a beautiful Sapphire from Sri Lanka and had a ring made there and I still wear it today.

This book is crammed with so much information on what to look for. Where to go, do’s and don’ts etc when you are purchasing gemstones. You could be anywhere in the world, this book would be a brilliant guidebook on what to look for etc. If you want to purchase some gemstones to be made into something special. It was a lovely little book with so much information any traveller would love to read about.

Five star review

Vanessa Thompson
Goodreads, Amazon UK and France.