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This is a big shout out to all the book reviewers out there! I am the author of Gemstone Detective: a unique and niche book series about Buying Gemstones & Jewellery in popular tourist destinations including Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, India, the USA and with many more to follow.
Each book is a handy pocket-sized paperback of approximately
160 pages, with Sri Lanka and Thailand slightly shorter than the rest of the
series. Published by Filament Publishing, there are currently 6 books available
in all major bookstores online in every country around the world.
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Full Text: The Gemstone Detective is the nom de plume of Kim Rix, and this instalment of Buying Gemstones and Jewellery is aimed at tourists who are travelling to Sri Lanka. This colourful and informative 100 page book was released 4th October 2018 by Filament publishing and is available in paperback and ebook formats.
For a relatively short book, it covers the basics of sourcing and buying gemstones and jewellery in Sri Lanka. The author describes the methods and basic etiquette involved to hopefully help the tourist buyer avoid the worst and most costly pitfalls.
The layout follows a logical progression. It begins with background and definitions. It covers what corundum (ruby/sapphire) is, a very little bit about Mohs hardness scale, along with some mineral terms like asterism and chatoyancy. Defined terms are in bold typeface and are written for the layman. There’s a fair bit of fun factoid information included like famous sapphires in history and crystal ‘meanings’. There’s not too much non-scientific crystal trivia included. I would estimate the filler info (crystal ‘meanings’ and supposed properties) takes up less than 5% of the total content.
The next chapters include a very rough description of valuation and the attributes which make a stone more (or less) valuable. The options for sourcing and buying gemstones, both rough and cut stones as well as finished jewellery are written clearly and in terms that the average layman can understand. This book is aimed firmly at the layperson. This is not an instruction manual for buying professionally or breaking into the gem trade on a wholesale level.
The discussion on treatments and enhancements for stones is worth the price of the book, honestly. (And not just for tourists to Sri Lanka! This info is good for -anyone- considering a stone purchase).
Although the guide is slanted mostly toward the sapphire buyer, many of the Sri Lankan gemstones are included in shorter descriptions (moonstone, beryl, chrysoberyl including Alexandrite, some quartz (amethyst), and a few others). I liked it very much that the author mentions in several different places that it’s easy for the unwary to get carried away and be sold iolite as sapphire (it’s emphatically not the same thing).
There is a fair bit of repetition in the chapters, but that could be intentional; to help the tourist who intends to read the salient bits which apply to their situation instead of reading it from cover to cover like a novel (or like an average reviewer 😉 ).
I worked as a metal artist, goldsmith, and certified gemologist for over 16 years and I actually did learn some things from this book. The text is also peppered with a large number of internet links which provide a good reference for the buyer.
Four stars. If it saves just one person from the heartache of being cheated it’s well worth it.
Thank you once again for this reader review from Netgalley. To get your copy of the Sri Lanka book, visit the Gemstone Detective web site at www.gemstonedetective.com. Just ask if you would like it signed!
Full Text: Looking at the map, the tea leaves predict that Thailand may be in the planning for a future visit. With a particular interest in acquiring gemstones and jewellery, this pocket guide would certainly come in handy. The material contained in this tutorial was well-written and organized in an orderly fashion.
For an initial understanding, the author began the dialogue by classifying gemstones from precious to semi-precious. The narrative went on to define the origin and mineral composition of where many of the gemstones are found. With some mineral locations drying up, Thailand is known to import many for its steady trade. It’s a huge business.
Many pictures highlight the journey of gemstones through people, places and the many brilliant gems. However, a word of caution is needed when visiting Thailand with the intention of deciding to make a purchase of a gemstone. It comes highly recommended to make any and all gem purchases from a reputable dealer at an actual brick-and-mortar location.
On a closing word, there’s an important point to consider that appears throughout the book. Hucksters with clever scams are plentiful and claim themselves to be experts within the field of gemmology. With countless fraudsters abound, their sole intent is to part the unknowing tourist from their hard-earned cash. Have fun but remember one thing – buyer beware.
I extend my gratitude to NetGalley and Filament Publishing for this ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.
I am exceptionally grateful to those readers who have taken the time to write a book review, either on Amazon.co.uk or Netgalley. It is extremely helpful and important for any author to have this ‘social proof’ to help influence other potential readers. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support.