Boy T Harjanto
Four years ago, gemstones became a trend among Indonesians regardless of their age group and social economy background. Fans started hunting for gemstones because they believed the stones could bring them good luck.
Doyok, a gemstone trader in Yogyakarta, launched his business long before the trend first emerged in the 1990s. The returning gemstone boom of 2014 earned him up to Rp 150 million (US$10,892) a month.
However, the trend has since died down, hitting Doyok and other traders hard. Many were forced to close down their kiosks and start a new business. Only a few managed to survive in Yogyakarta. [yan]