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Gemfields Unveils New Book on African Gemstone Adventures

London — Gemfields has released a new book, No Stone Unturned, authored by Richa Goyal Sikri. This collection of 24 true stories offers a thrilling insight into the dramatic and fast-paced world of the gemstone trade.

The book provides readers with a vivid depiction of the journey from mine to market, featuring accounts from notable industry personalities. It reveals the exhilarating highs and perilous lows of the gemstone trade, highlighting 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 colored gemstone industry is rarely captured, and the wonderful characters that make this industry so colorful too often take their stories to the grave. Gemfields commissioned this book in 2020 to honor 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.”

Richa Goyal Sikri, an accomplished journalist and storyteller specializing in the gemstone and jewelry industry, aims to illuminate Africa’s pivotal role as a leading source of colored 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 humor 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author’s note, providing updates on the protagonist and insights into the featured gemstone, often sharing previously unpublished information.

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 jewelry sector, curating educational visits to mines and gem-cutting centers, 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. It 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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