India holds some of the world’s most sought after gems and jewellery, but how can you find them? This is where author and professional photographer Kim Rix comes in. Kim’s guide book to Buying Gemstones and Jewellery in India unlocks all the answers.
A gemologist qualified by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), Kim’s knowledge is second to none when it comes to, quite literally, unearthing hidden gems. Kim’s latest book focuses on how to identify the real deal from a fake, how to avoid scams and provides the names and addresses of reputable dealers throughout India.
The book is divided up into sections with clear headings denoting what each section specifically refers to. I am a complete novice to the world of purchasing gems and jewellery abroad so for me, as the reader, this was most helpful.
The contents not only feature where to find both gemstones and jewellery but also how to care for them. When spending what can be a small fortune on something precious, it’s a nice touch to have further information on how to preserve and maintain it.
India’s history of gemstone and particularly diamond trading was fascinating to read about. It came as a real surprise that one single city – Surat, on India’s west coast – is responsible for 90% of the world’s diamond cutting and polishing.
Photography is Kim’s profession and the book really does benefit from this. The images captured of daily life in India, food and of course the stones and diamonds are of the highest quality.
As is customary wherever a premium product is being sold, there are always likely to be fakes close by. Kim explains, in detail, how to spot a fake using various different methods. Even advising on how to barter with the dealers and what signs to look out for to signify a ‘bad deal’.
With jewellery and gems proving ever popular throughout the world of social media, this book has come along at just the right time. Other books in Kim’s series from other countries can be found on the link at the base of this page.
For a traveller keen on discovering more about the worlds hidden gems, this book is a must-have. Especially when visiting markets in search of precious stones. Reading this will ensure that you get what you pay for and that it will be exactly as it appears.
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Kim Rix ‘Gemstone Detective’ series can be found here
Kim Rix on Twitter @kimrix