Gemstone Detective in the Press
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. We could have done with a copy of the newly published Buying Gemstones and Jewellery in Sri Lanka, some twenty-five years ago. Wherever we walked in the country, whether it be Colombo or Kandy, we are always being asked to visit different gem stores. I wonder if it’s the same all these years later?
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 autenticity 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!
a serious traveller
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.
Reviewer at sallyssewingroom.blogspot.com
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.
Goodreads, Amazon UK and France.
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