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New Book on African Gemstone Adventures

19 Jun 2024

Commissioned by Gemfields, this book, "No Stone Unturned," tells the true stories of the people, and their adventures, who make up the African gemstone industry. It brings to life significant historical moments tied to Africa's rich gemstone industry.

Gemfields has announced the release of a new book titled No Stone Unturned: The Hunt for African Gems, which delves into the real-life adventures surrounding gemstone discoveries across Africa over the past 60 years

This captivating collection, written by Richa Goyal Sikri, consists of 24 stories based on true events, highlighting the dramatic and fast-paced nature of the gem trade.

The book offers readers a vivid portrayal of the journey from mine to market, featuring accounts from notable personalities within the industry. These stories reveal the exhilarating highs and perilous lows of the gemstone trade, bringing to life significant historical moments tied to Africa's rich gem deposits.

Sean Gilbertson, CEO of Gemfields, expressed his enthusiasm for the project: “The spirit of adventure deep-rooted in the coloured gemstone industry is rarely captured, and the wonderful characters that make this industry so colourful too often take their stories to the grave. Gemfields commissioned this book in 2020 to honour these legendary individuals and their tales of courage, luck, energy, passion, and expertise. Richa has diligently captured countless hours of stories and injected her energetic writing style to create a first-of-a-kind work that inspires and intrigues readers.”

Author Richa Goyal Sikri, an accomplished journalist and storyteller specializing in the gemstone and jewellery industry, aims to illuminate Africa's pivotal role as a leading source of coloured gemstones. “This book aims to shine a light on African gem deposits and the extraordinary individuals connected to each story. It unravels the mineral mysteries of the Earth and the secrets of the gem trade, laced with humour and culture. Hopefully, the stories will transport you to a vibrant world, where you’ll learn, laugh, fall in love and, like me, never want to leave,” Sikri explained.

Sikri's process involved identifying and interviewing key figures in the gemstone industry, blending their narratives with fictional elements to craft engaging stories. Her research extended to scientific articles and secondary sources, ensuring that each story is both informative and accessible. Each tale is accompanied by an author’s note, providing updates on the protagonist and insights into the featured gemstone, often sharing previously unpublished information.

Richa Goyal Sikri

With a background in commerce and business administration, as well as extensive training from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Sikri has spent over 20 years in leadership roles within the travel and tourism industry. Since 2014, she has focused on the gem and jewellery sector, curating educational visits to mines and gem-cutting centres, and engaging in digital storytelling and writing for prestigious organizations and publications.

No Stone Unturned is Sikri’s debut book, published by Austin Macauley Publishers, and is available on their website, Amazon, and major booksellers. Sikri resides in Singapore with her family and continues to be a passionate advocate for the gemstone industry.

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