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

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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 ‘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?

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?

How much does it cost to buy a 1 to 3 carat untreated, no oil, 100% natural emerald from Zambia?

Continuing with the series in how much a paticular gemstone should cost, today I will try to tackle another common question I get asked which is – “how much does a no oil, untreated, 100% natural emerald cost? Can you forward me a price list for these type of emeralds from 1 carat to 3 … Continue reading How much does it cost to buy a 1 to 3 carat untreated, no oil, 100% natural emerald from Zambia?

How to buy a diamond online in Bangkok or anywhere else?

Buying a diamond today has never been easier.  There are now multiple websites providing free access to diamond inventory search lists, actual GIA (or other certificate) copies for each choice and beautiful finished ring images.  Therefore, you can now just search and browse your ring choice and then buy with a simple click of a … Continue reading How to buy a diamond online in Bangkok or anywhere else?

Natural emerald buying & treatment guide – How to buy and tell the difference between 100% natural, no oil, minor, moderate and significant treatment emeralds?

Telling the difference between a natural, no oil emerald from the one which has been “enhanced” with oil or resin or dye is a very important skill any emerald buyer should know before going out there to buy one.   Depending on the level of treatment and/or type of treatment, there are significant different price points … Continue reading Natural emerald buying & treatment guide – How to buy and tell the difference between 100% natural, no oil, minor, moderate and significant treatment emeralds?