We have been running WildFishGems.com since 2003 and I always enjoyed sharing the adventures’ world of an wildly unregulated gem-mining and -trade. Writing being my, only 2nd to Wife, biggest love since age five, the out-put grew daily, and our commercial site soon proved far too small for all those topics.

Hence, with the aid of Audra, my online editor & angel in the US, we started this free for all page.

How to judge sapphires or rubies and other practical issues around the gem business will continue to be published on WildFishGems.com.

Here, I will share the stuff a gem trader gets to see in the remotest parts of the world, on the edge of globalization, I will foul my own trade and bash east and west for ignorance and laziness wherever I can. That said, no gloom, we live in the most wonderful of all possible worlds.


If you like what you see and would like to be informed of new posts, use this link to subscribe to the feed https://edwardbristol.com/feed/.

Visit often.

New content will be posted when time allows.


Wild Fish Valley

15 Comments on “About”

  1. Georgette Oden says:


    Love your new site and look forward to seeing more of your thoughts!

    By the way, I’m loving the Tanzanian sapphire I got from you this spring… it’s happily resting on my left hand in my engagement ring. I get so many compliments on my unusual choice and the elegant cognac color. Thank you!

    Take care,

  2. Julie says:

    Edward, been looking at your site for two years now. Have not bought anything yet- saving up and will be gettin married soon. I have learned more from your wildfish site then any of the educationcal sites available in the “mainstream” market you find in the US.

    Now to convince the fiance to get me the demantoid instead of a ruby or saphire.

    Thanks and keep doing what you are doing.


  3. Mike says:

    Hi Ed,
    today the world holds its breath: who will win the elections in the States? Did you know that nearly all Germans would vote for BO?

    Many thanks for your interesting to read written thoughts here on your new URL. I came across your site because I searched for a nice tugtupite.
    Your offers are very interesting, and one can be lucky having seen all different types of sapphires e.g.! I wished I wouldn’t have been forced to buy 4,000 liters heating oil this summer… Then I would still have the money for a nice star sapphire.

    I am busy creating an educational, non-profit website about gems and their minerals. If you could give me permission to show something from your online photos I would be very happy. Ah, my site: http://www.realgems.org.

    With best regards from Germany,

  4. Heet Jardosh says:

    Hi Edward I wanted a 3 carat untreated oval shape red coral (jyotiish quality) and I am living in UK.

    I have heard the place to get it is in Italy, Torre Del Greco. I wanted to know if you have any associates or could advice me the best way to get hold of this or maybe a associate in Uk preferable.

    There are too many cowboys promising loads of things so I thought I would ask you.

    If I purchased it from your site I would have to pay customs tax and I want to avoid this unless I dont have to as its my first time.

    Could you please reply to the following email.

    Thank you

  5. jeff says:

    HI ED–





  6. Teh Poey King says:

    Dear Sir,

    Hi, I get to know you from study gemology in Myanmar on internet. I am from Malaysia. I had a gem laboratory. Please read my website asiagemologist.com. I am interested to link with somebody in Myanmar who hold a agency from FGA to teach gemology in Malaysia. I wonder if you can help. Thanks.


  7. nirmala says:

    keep writing…

  8. Ivan says:


    The sites are awesome and your writing informative, insightful and entertaining.
    I keep coming back time and again just to learn.

    I’ve developed a company/d2d business since and I can definitely attest to everything you said about Lanka so far. The land of creative chaos. 🙂

    Best wishes,


  9. Ed keep up the good work.

    I used to do much the same but it only cost me money in legal fees for speaking the truth defending myself against many charlatans.

    I enjoy reading your blog and seeing the pictures especially those of the old colonial Burmese architecture trapped in time.

    I wish you well and look forward to reading more of your adventures from the comfort of my home realising how fortunate we are compared to many others.

    Be well, be safe and Seasons Greetings

    Daniel F Katz GG
    Diamond Imports Pty Ltd
    Sydney Australia

  10. here says:

    Wanted to drop a remark and let you know your Feed isnt functioning today. I tried adding it to my Bing reader account and got absolutely nothing.

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