My passion for gemstone started when I was just a small boy in a beach in Malaysia. I was at the Desaru beach that morning when the high tide wave rushed over an old antique green stone ring to me which I later discovered to be emerald. That started my interest on color stones from a very young age and I started collecting and exploring various kinds of minerals and crystals and cut gemstones.
Collecting gemstones became my life-time hobby and I started selling them on-line as a hobby just a few years after Ebay Marketplace was founded in 1995.
I was then a Product Manager working for an American Multi-National Company for Asia Pacific region. That did not stop me from pursuing my passion for gemstones. I made it a point to explore on my own the various gemstone sources in Asia on my business travel. I started taking courses from GIA on diamond Grading, Color Stones Identification and Grading which help me a lot in this process.
Since then, I have been sourcing for gems in Asia for more than 20 years. I started doing it full-time about 10 years ago. From my years from dealing with gemstones and different brokers in Asia, I discovered a lot of secrets about this business, both good and bad. There are also a lot of dubious and unethical practices that are still practiced today.
There is no looking back for me. Love what I do and I also love to share my thoughts, experiences and encounters here. That is the main objective of having this blog.
Do let me know if there is any way I can improve on this blog to serve the community.
Have a great and fruitful journey sourcing for Gemstones.