Chanthaburi Gemstone Market.
Ruby stone burner in Chanthaburi Thailand.
Chanthaburi Gemstone Market trading precious stone Thailand.
The first precious stone trading place in Thailand is Bangkok around the Westend of Silom Road. In Chanthaburi it's gem street and the market in the old town along the river with people from all over Asia bargaining in small rooms behind dark windows or just in the open space on chairs around a table. Thailand is famous for all kind of gem scam and cheating with precious stones.
Ruby dealer in Chanthaburi.
The Thai gem dealer:
The gemstone dealers rent a space with a table and 2 chairs starting with about 15 sm and a Thai guard who is responsible to avoid conflicts. Chanthaburi is also known as the "Ruby Burner" capital because all rubies which are commercially not on the high end and needs some improvement are sent to this little town and they know how to improve the raw stone appearance.
The business hours are as usual in Thailand different to anywhere in the world, they are open on Friday and Saturday, other days are closed or maybe open, but actually nobody knows, everyone just does as he or she likes, it's chaotic and unpredictable. You wont find any jade here but all other gemstones for jade and gemstones its Mae Sot and Mae Sai.
The business hours in Chanthaburi are as usual in Thailand different to anywhere in the world they are open on Friday and Saturday other days are closed or maybe open but actually nobody knows everyone just does as he or she likes it's chaotic and unpredictable. You wont find any jade here but all other gemstones for jade and gemstones its Mae Sot and Mae Sai north of it also at the border to Myanmar.
Precious and semi-precious stones trade shops are plenty that means if most shops are closed maybe some other are open but nobody knows again that's Thai style. Everyone pretends not to know anything but everyone is lying and cheating that's local Thai style.
Precious and semi precious stones.
Precious and semi-precious stones trade shops are plenty that means if most shops are closed maybe some other are open, but nobody knows again, that's Thai style. Beautiful "pigeon's blood" colored rubies from Myanmar are on display but not many, but since Chanthaburi city is also the worldwide center of so-called "Ruby Burning" most of the ruby and other precious stones are heat treated to get rid of inclusions and impurities. Pretty dark blue polished Sapphire, probably from Myanmar and plenty of other precious and semi-precious stones are available. Every year from 8 -12 December the Chanthaburi Gems and Jewelry Fair is held here.