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 Post subject: Greetings from Nairobi Kenya
PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:17 pm 
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Hi all, my Name is Marvin Wambua, l am a gem cutter and a Gemologist. My favorite gemstone is Spessartite Garnet. I used to live in the Us but now l reside in Nairobi. After being away for twenty years l decided to come home and try the "gem trade" if you ask me i think flipping burgers is a better way of earning a living.
East Africa is full of potential as far as Gemstones, its only that some mineral rich areas are no go zones. That coupled with lack of funding and politics makes the business harder. I have not dealt with any miners yet on a buying level. The brokers will shred you into dust, mainly when you are a beginner. Its been a learning experience so far and l think l'm up for the challenge.
The part of the trade l enjoy most is faceting, its always a pleasure :) to look at every stone after faceting
This is a great forum, its like taking classes at Gia at no cost


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hello
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Welcome indeed mwambua...

take it slow on the buying and hard on the watching, I've been told experience comes naturally :wink:


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Hi Mwambua!

Welcome to the forum. We are all learners here helping one another out to reach our goals. Looking forward to learning from you.

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glad you are here mwambua.. :D

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Well I'm confuzd :? You only have one post but I said hi to you somewhere else here, so HI again.
Still love the Avatar, what is it?

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The original post was in an unrelated thread. It was moved here.

WELCOME mwambua!


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Fair enough. :D

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Thank you all, l will try to contribute my share and l hope we can learn from each other. My apologies mehoose l jumped into the wrong post, trying to walk before crawling. Thanks for the avater compliment it a tourmaline cut in one of jeff grams diagrams


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Hi Marvin andWELCOME to the forum! :D
feel like at home here!!
BENVENUTO!! 8)
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:lol: That's alright, thought I was having de ja vu, no need for apologies.
That's a nice Tourm, thanks.

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:D hi, marvin!! welcome to the forum!!

looking forward to reading your posts, and hopefully seeing some of the gems which you facet!! please be sure to check out the forum's lapidary section. they also added a section on the gemology project, too.

glad to have you join us!! :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Greetings from Nairobi Kenya
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Hello Wambua! Can you help testing some gemstones I have?


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