Gemstone Detective guide book launched in London
LONDON, October 2018 – The first book in a new travel series targeting holidaymakers – Buying Gemstones & Jewellery in Sri Lanka (Filament Publishing, £12.99) – launched at a reception at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London earlier this month.
More than 70 people, including Acting High Commissioner Sugeeshwara Gunaratna, joined London-based professional photographer and gemmologist, Kim Rix, to mark the launch of a comprehensive series of 15+ travel guides, due for release over the next three years, aimed at helping tourists understand the gemstone and jewellery markets in their next holiday destination.
The debut in the series focuses on Sri Lanka, but three books (Thailand, Australia and a general global guide) are due for release in January 2019 (with a launch to be held at the Institute of Directors on 22nd January 2019.)
Acting High Commissioner Sugeeshwara Gunaratna, welcoming guests to the Sri Lankan High Commission, said: “Sri Lanka has historically been famous for its gems.
“Today in Sri Lanka the industry employs more than 200,000 people across the chain from retailers to miners, and valued stones are very much a part of the cultural traditions that are associated with Sri Lanka; it’s an important part of our country and heritage.
“Around 200,000 tourists visited Sri Lanka from the UK last year, and many tourists like to return with a souvenir of their time in our country. Kim has taken the trouble and time to visit, talk to people and get to really know the Sri Lankan jewellery and gemstone industry.
“It is hoped that Kim’s book will shed some light on the different gemstones we offer and allow visitors to buy an authentic piece of Sri Lanka.”
Kim Rix said: “My goal for the Gemstone Detective series is for the gemstone and jewellery world to be accessible to holidaymakers, and Sri Lanka – as an increasingly popular holiday destination – is a fitting place to start.
“It was wonderful to get the opportunity to host the debut book launch at the Sri Lankan High Commission and I’m looking forward to hearing positive stories from people who have bought gorgeous jewellery and gemstones on holiday using the tips and techniques included in my books.”