Quality Thai Jewelry
However, there are numerous instances of visitors to Thailand getting ripped off by unscrupulous dealers of “precious” gems. While there are certainly some good deals on gems and Thai jewelry, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Furthermore, unless you have some experience evaluating gem stones, you will be unlikely to tell a high quality stone from a low quality or fake stone.
Visitors to Thailand are encouraged to only buy gemstones from reputable gem dealers, particularly those that are members of the “Jewel Fest Club” an organization that aims to offer quality stones at reasonable prices and money-back guarantees. Thailand is a major exporter jewelry particularly as Bangkok has become one of the global centers for cutting and setting gemstones. Consequently, those in-the-know should have many opportunities for purchasing quality Thai jewelry and good prices. Most of Thailand’s gold shops are found in Chinese districts, the largest being Yaowarat in Bangkok. Thai gold is very yellow, owing to its high level of purity, and gold Thai jewelry is quite inexpensive as the labor costs are quite low.