Is it competitive to buy a diamond engagement ring from popular retailers (in-store or online) in Bangkok, Thailand?

How competitive is it to buy a diamond engagement ring in Thailand?  We would expect being ‘one the major traditional center for gems and jewelry trade’ that diamond rings will be very competitively priced. So, for this blog post we actually checked how much it costs to buy an engagement diamond ring in Bangkok and … Continue reading Is it competitive to buy a diamond engagement ring from popular retailers (in-store or online) in Bangkok, Thailand?

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How would I choose a diamond ring? – GIA Graduate Gemologist Opinion

For the last few years, I have custom made quite a few diamond engagement rings for locals, tourists and expats in Bangkok and most often the first question I am asked is 'How should I choose a diamond ring?'. A perfectly relevant question it is, coming from someone who has no knowledge or experience in buying … Continue reading How would I choose a diamond ring? – GIA Graduate Gemologist Opinion

What lab or certification is the best for checking your expensive ruby, sapphire or emerald?

Buying a high quality ruby, sapphire or emerald isn’t cheap, but how do you know the beautiful expensive gemstone you are buying is the quality you are expecting? As I have discussed in our previous blog posts, it is very important to evaluate color gemstones value base on ‘six dimensional’ criteria – origin, color, carat … Continue reading What lab or certification is the best for checking your expensive ruby, sapphire or emerald?

How to Buy or Value a Fancy (or multi) Colored Diamond?

Colored diamonds are one of the rarest and most fascinating gems in the market.  As there are so few of them available, it is very difficult to evaluate what should be the fair market price.   These gems are also very unique in terms of being like a diamond – same hardness, tough & adamantine luster … Continue reading How to Buy or Value a Fancy (or multi) Colored Diamond?

How to buy ‘conflict-free’ diamonds or avoid ‘blood diamonds’ when purchasing a diamond in Bangkok, Thailand?

An important issue which has been affecting the diamond trade (and many other commodities) since the beginning is how diamonds have contributed in funding conflicts like civil wars, genocide and terrorism.    With the power of media and internet we can now see many articles, videos, documentaries and famous movies discussing this worrying issue - i.e. … Continue reading How to buy ‘conflict-free’ diamonds or avoid ‘blood diamonds’ when purchasing a diamond in Bangkok, Thailand?

Step by Step Comprehensive Guide: How to get the best deal for your diamond engagement ring

So, you have reached the point of deciding which diamond engagement ring option you would like to buy and have received multiple quotations from online wholesalers, retailers and your trustworthy traditional jewelry shop.   You have done all the background check to make sure they are trustworthy, provide genuine third party certification and the person you … Continue reading Step by Step Comprehensive Guide: How to get the best deal for your diamond engagement ring

How to buy a colored gem or gemstone online and why it is still not possible without a trustworthy eye?

With the internet now being our source in buying multiple consumer products like smart phones, clothes, computers, watches, etc., it should now be a lot easier to buy a colored gemstone online as well. We now have the power of the World Wide Web giving us pictures, videos, certificates, other specification etc., which should help … Continue reading How to buy a colored gem or gemstone online and why it is still not possible without a trustworthy eye?