Richard Shaw Brown, the founder of Astral Gemstone Talismans, was born in 1947 as the only son of Col. Richard S. Brown, Sr. (USAF retired) and Elizabeth "Bette" Mae Brown (family photos). Richard experienced his first taste of fame as the lead singer and song writer of the innovative international rock group "The Misunderstood," which rose to stardom in London during the late Sixties.
Just as major success was assured, the group was forced to disband when the Vietnam war draft claimed lead singer Rick Brown. Richard was already a pacifist and a vegetarian, so he chose to leave America to study and practice Vedic religion <<<(see Richard's old ashram) at the holy pilgrimage town of Vrindavan, India.
Under the exalted guidance of Sat-Guru Paramahamsa Tridandi Swami Bhakti Hridaya Vana Maharaj he lived the ascetic life of a traditional monk for seven years, devoting himself entirely to religious practice and public service. During that time he became proficient in Sanskrit, Hindi & Bengali languages, studied under great saints such as Avadhuta Radha Charan Das Babaji, Namacharya Krishnadas Babaji, Jagat-Guru Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, etc; he also established the Richard Shaw Brown Schools for Asia Foundation and helped build 4 schools, and was befriended by India's President, Chief Justice, and other prominent Indian dignitaries.
By a strange twist of fate he became involved in a new ruby mine located in Southern India. This experience sparked his interest in gems and inspired him to undertake an in-depth study of the ancient Sanskrit classics dealing with gemology. Combining technical knowledge of gems with the planetary aspects revealed in the ancient texts, Richard Brown began to develop his own unique system of designing auspicious Astral Gemstone Talismans.
In 1979, after 12 years in Asia, he returned to America to complete his formal training at the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.). He then returned to Thailand, where he has firmly established himself as an international authority on planetary gemology and a renowned designer of astral gemstone talisman jewelry. Richard has opened a new headquarters in Bangkok featuring the World's 1st Sri Navaratna Museum, Hrisikesh Plaza (below)....
Richard Shaw Brown is a resident of Thailand where he lives with his wife Kanitha and their son Jiva.