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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.
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”.
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.
Well, there are some cool gemstones that my kids (4&6) liked and it entertained them for a bit. However, I was disappointed in that the product must have been pre-opened and even worse, was quite damaged. It was missing the magnifying glass which they probably didn’t miss, but who knows. When I opened the box, the compressed sand/rock was very damaged and spit into three pieces with several gems showing - it kind of ruined the adventure of digging. I couldn’t send it back because of course the kids wanted to dig them out! So, on the positive side - kids seemed to like it. The bummer was that it was broken and missing pieces and probably not worth it for the price. I don’t enjoy leaving negative reviews, but not a great experience.