A strange twist of fate involved him in a new ruby mine located in Southern India. It ignited his interest in gemstones and inspired him to undertake an in-depth study of the ancient Sanskrit classics concerning gemology, which he uses as reference books until today.
Richard has been creating jeweled talismans for 30 years
Combining his technical knowledge of gems with the planetary aspects revealed to him in the Sanskrit texts, Richard Brown began developing his own unique system of designing auspicious Astral Gemstone Talismans.
After 12 years in Asia in 1979 he returned to America to complete his formal technical training at the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.). Subsequently, upon his graduation as a “Gemologist,” he moved to the Kingdom of Thailand where he has established himself as an International authority on planetary gemology and a cutting-edge fine jewelry designer.
Richard has published 12 Gemology & Design Books
Richard Shaw-Brown’s first book on gems, “Sri Chintamani Astro Jewels,”was published in 1975. He has now authored nine books on astral gemstones and their powers, including, “Handbook of Planetary Gemology” and “Ancient Astrological Gemstones & Talismans” as well as authoring numerous gemology related articles.
Richard has also written four books on Vedic mysticism including “Sri Bepin Sakhi Vilas,” which was first published in 1970. A large archives of articles by Richard Brown may be found here: Mystic Articles.
Since moving to Thailand Richard has appeared on TV 30 times, published over 240 articles, authored seven big books on Gemology and jewelry design, and given numerous talks and lectures on Planetary Gemology (Graha-anukula-ratna-vishesajna).
In 1988 a book by American writer Daniel P. Reid, Rishi, was written about Richard’s early life. A movie screenplay based on Richard’s life was written in 2002 by British music historian Mike Stax and is under development for adaptation as a motion picture. A book based on the script, Like, Misunderstood, was published in 2007, and a novel based on the book, I Unseen, was written by Paul Swainson in 2012.