The sequel is ready: Adventures of a Gem Trader Book Two

 

Here is a link to download the full story in MP3 for your car or on the go:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/eb8e5dsyik36zcd/Monkey%20Business%20Full%20Story.mp3?dl=1


I wrote this late last night in a bout of nostalgia last night. Surprised I found time, now, being a single parent, and so on:
Memories in an ever-documented reality.
Africa’s most sensitive Great-Dane and our baby-monkey daring the wildest of all rides.
Remembering their full gallop over warm morning beaches, the monkey sort-of-tenderly steering the puppy by the ears, screaming with joy, until the nearly full-sized dog ditched its rider exhausted between turquoise corals.
Water a monkey does not like, being dunked by a dog even less. Once back on solid ground he’d chatter indignantly while getting in position for another ride. All water forgotten by then.
Endless fun, except for my facial cramps from laughing. Those stupefied looks after a somersault, when re-appearing under a fountain of sand, both stare, unsure of who-is-who, where-is-up or whose teeth chew on which leg.
BUT: No smartphones then.
Today, we’d have a viral video to promote and exploit for my book, yet such memories the brain never deletes, and repeated viewing might have spoiled the whole thing. And yet, I can’t show you in motion; that’s a pity, somehow, perhaps, or not.
Anyways, in 2020 fifty tourists would upload the same video tonight.

Andesine takes Gold in Carat Scamming

Olympia. Thank God. It is over. Finally! And well over too.

 

Congrats to the Chinese people. No major loss of face. Some expropriated and arrested grandmas, some faked children, some underage athletes, yes, yes, but nobody is perfect, especially not a big country.

 

What remains? For me as a gem trader one thing stands out: 50.000.000 carat of Andesine.

 

It turns out Andesine has won gold in scamming this year, even in the highly competitive field of gem traders.

 

For those who are not informed: Some, probably Chinese, mastermind bought 50 tons of pretty worthless Mexican feldspar years ago, artificially colored it red and created a new brand called “Natural Tibet Andesine”. Great name. Great origin. Especially for making it the Olympic gemstone and sell it to unsuspecting tourists at $500 per carat instead of $5, which is what it is actually worth. 

 

Well, well, in the gem trade such a plot is no novelty; it has been done many time and it will be done in the future. What makes this case so refreshing is the scale of publicity. While Omega and GE have paid millions to be associated with Olympia 2008, Andesine’s mastermind just spread rumors and engraved the five rings into the gem.

 

So, we have a fake gemstone sold in millions as fake Olympic gem. That is gold in all scamming disciplines.

 

China, we forgive you. Nobody is perfect.

 

 


Why Stealing is Bad

Why is stealing a mortal sin? I wasn’t really sure, besides a vague moral feeling, until I was mugged, last week.

Now I realize: stealing reduces the value of goods for a society. 

 

From an evolutionary point of view it is as easy as that. After the Vikings visited a French village there was not much left except what little the Vikings couldn’t carry away. The rest was broken, spilled, burned, dead or traumatized. BUT, for humanity, the village, as a value producing entity, was worth far more than the sad plunder the Vikings dragged away.

However the French had little choice, until somebody came up with the idea of rather giving away the whole village and renaming it Normandy. Thus the Vikings didn’t destroy it all but sat back and enjoyed the fruits of their former victim’s labor. Not all ideal for the French, but it sure beats getting raped and plundered annually.

 

On my smaller scale some Sri Lankans climbed over the roof and into my unprotected office. They emptied a tray of gems and ran. Nobody got hurt, no window was broken, and yet the loss for Sri Lanka as a whole was much greater than the value of the stolen goods.

 

Without certificates, without grading reports and international sales channel those gems are now worth only a fraction of what they were with us. Sri Lanka as an exporting country has suffered a loss. Police, the avenging angels of mortal sin, should have protected their society from that loss. Forget that.

 

I think our bible-writing forefathers knew that for society as a whole stealing is a bad deal.

 

There hidden may also be the reason why international white-color crime is less dangerous than stealing somebody’s workshop tools in a small village. While the latter directly damages a small society seeking revenge, the former causes far more damage but ‘only’ to a remote and powerless entity, taxpayers or banks seeking only refunds, while the village hacks off the thieve’s hands, we read the newspaper with a shrugging sigh, hoping that a lengthy law suits ends at worst with five years of sabbatical in a comfortable one bed room, with all limbs attached. 

 

 


Welcome to My Non-Commercial Website

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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.

Enjoy!