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5.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable and kept my little one busy for about 2-3 hours
Reviewed in Australia on 24 January 2020
My son loved this. He kept busy for a bit with it. The digging tools are not the best, but probably purposely made that way to keep them digging longer. The gems inside were nice, a tad on the small size, but for a kid they were just fine and look very nice as well (especially the tigers eye).
I wasn’t going to bother writing a review, but having been asked twice I’ve decided to go ahead. I bought the gemstone kit for my grandsons 8th birthday. He loves stones in general, but is very fond of crystals. At £29.99 I anticipated something exciting , and a challenge. It was neither. All style over substance. Yes, there were 15 stones, nothing special and a doddle for this eight year old to excavate. Honestly, I would have done better buying some gemstones and organising a treasure hunt in the garden at half the cost. Very disappointing.
Ohhhh... so disappointing. My girl opened it up excited at Xmas and it was broken as seen in photo. We managed to cobble it back together somewhat so she still really enjoyed it.. except there was only 14 gems and not 15 which she clocked straightaway. It would have had full marks otherwise..
I expected great things from National Geographic but this was disappointing. While kids will enjoy digging into the brick, the issue is that not all the stones are present and some are very poor quality representations. I did complain and was sent a replacement product which had the exact same errors (no agate or geode), so this seems to be a quality control issue as it makes no sense why the exact same stones would be missing. If you have a curious child who tries to match the specimens to the booklet, they will be disappointed that the set is not complete. The overall idea and ability to engage the child is present, but this should translate to an actual complete product as well.
The item is good but it is over priced for what you get. The one I received were missing two stones. When you are charged £40 for 15 stones, to be missing two is even more of a rip off. There are similar products out there for under £5. I had to return mine due to the missing stones.
Bought this for my daughter’s birthday. She enjoyed the process of excavating the gems. It would have been nice to provide a pouch to store the gems. The brighter stones illustrated on the box and booklet were actually much paler to the point of my daughter saying “it’s not the same stone”.
Definitely not worth £30! The gems are small and we didn't have to dig much as the block was broken into little pieces. We also found dead worm in the block!!! A bit of fun but would not pay more than £10!
Well, so far I'm not too impressed. This was a birthday gift for a 7 year old girl who LOVES gemstones. Yesterday she started excavating the gems. The first 4 in no way resemble the gems in the booklet! They were dark grey, black, dark blue and white. She desperately was hoping to find the pink or red or mauve one. I realize there are 15 in the block, but so far, none of them resemble the booklet. I doubt they can be identified either. Sure hope things improve. I could see her disappointment... as was I.