How to distinguish between natural ruby, sapphires and emeralds from synthetics and imitations

To start today’s blog post I want to first tell you a true story about what happened to my friend who bought a ruby from Myanmar (Burma) when he visited there.  This same story can occur anywhere in the world but especially in countries where consumer protection is less stringent. Tomchai was visiting Myanmar (Burma) … Continue reading How to distinguish between natural ruby, sapphires and emeralds from synthetics and imitations

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How much does it cost to buy Natural Burma Ruby in Bangkok, Thailand?

Another common question which always comes to us is “How much does it cost to buy a Burma ruby in Bangkok?” “ Shouldn’t it be cheaper to buy the rubies at the source in Myanmar like at Mogok or Mong Hsu instead of coming to Bangkok?” “ Why will the rubies be cheaper in Bangkok?” … Continue reading How much does it cost to buy Natural Burma Ruby in Bangkok, Thailand?

Rare 3.02 carats unheated ruby & GIA certified 2.87 carats no oil & untreated emerald!

We have recently acquired two very unique gemstones.  Both are 100% natural and not subject to any treatment by man! The first one is an unheated and no treatment 3.02 carats vivid red ruby from Mozambique.  The stone has been certified by GRS (Gemresearch Swisslab).  Details in how rare this type of ruby is can be read … Continue reading Rare 3.02 carats unheated ruby & GIA certified 2.87 carats no oil & untreated emerald!

Natural ruby buying & treatment guide – How to buy and tell the difference between natural unheated, heated, new glass filled ruby treatment?

Distinguishing between natural no treatment rubies with heated or new treatment rubies is a very important skill every ruby gemstone buyer should learn before venturing out to buy one. The price between each levels of treatment can range from the exceptionally expensive US$10,000 per carat for unheated natural rubies to US$1 per carat for new … Continue reading Natural ruby buying & treatment guide – How to buy and tell the difference between natural unheated, heated, new glass filled ruby treatment?

How to Buy Gemstones in Bangkok, Thailand?

Buying a color gemstone in Bangkok or Thailand can be both very rewarding or horrifying experience.  However, when actually reading online in many travel forums or discussion boards, it will seem their are more horror "Thai Gem scams" story tales then the pleasant rewarding ones. It has always been a fact that negative news like revolutions, accidents, … Continue reading How to Buy Gemstones in Bangkok, Thailand?