|Birthstone Jewelry||List of gemological institutes|
|Gemstones in Thailand||The conditions currently applied to VAT refunds|
|How to choose a gemstone & jewelry||Quality and value of gemstones|
Sapphires have been discovered in Kanchanaburi. Chanthaburi, Si Saket, Ubon Ratchathani, Phrae, Phetchabun and Sukhothai. Chanthaburi's districts of Pong Nam Ron, Bo Rai and Khao Saming have been known as producers of rubies: in addition to. Nam Yuen district of Ubon Ratchathani.The red rubies discovered in Chanthaburi have been known as "Tab Tim Siam" or "Siamese Rubies" which are sought after by jewel lovers around the world for their dazzling red and magical looks. The Siamese Rubies have thus credited Thailand as the "Land of Jewels of die East".
Thailand's gems and jewelry industry has systematically developed from a cottage level to a large-scale export-oriented scale. The sector has become one of the country's top-ten foreign exchange earners, generating tens of billions of Baht to the economy and creating jobs for millions of people.Quality, attention to detail and reasonable pricing are elements of continued success of the Thai jewelry industry. To enhance the sector's competitiveness, the Royal Thai Government has exempted tariffs on imported raw materials.
The adoption of stringent examination processes and issuance of quality certificates assure you of the quality standards of the goods you purchase exactly match your expectation both for personal pleasure and investment. So if you are looking for something that reminds you of fond memories of your visit to the Land of Civilization of the Orient that is rich in arts. heritage and friendship, consider buying a Thai jewel.
|Sunday||Wear jewelry with Garnet and Zircon and clothes in orange or red|
|Monday||Wear jewelry with Pearl and Diamond and clothes in cream or yellow|
|Tuesday||Wear jewelry with Topaz and clothes in pink|
|Wednesday||Wear jewelry with Emerald and clothes in green|
|Thursday||Wear jewelry with Cat's eye (Chrysoberyl) and clothes in orange|
|Friday||Wear jewelry with Pearl and Diamond and clothes in sky blue or dark blue|
|Saturday||Wear jewelry with Spinel and Ruby and clothes in black or purple|
There has also been a myth about decking oneself with certain gem-stones based on his/her month of birth in order to capture the best fortune and prosperity. It goes like this: For those who are born in the month of
|March||Aquamarine and Bloodstone|
|June||Pearl and Moonstone|
|December||Turquoise and Zircon|
Precious stones are Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire, Emerald and Cat's Eyes. Semi-precious stones are Tourmaline, Peridot, Tazanit, Garnet. Opal, Spinel, Zircon, Aquamarine, Moonstone, Agate, Pearl, Sunstone, etc.The commercial value, hardness, and durability of semi-precious stones are normally less than precious stones.
|Its color ranges from dark red to pink hardness measured in Mohs is 9: reflective index is from 1.762 to 1.770 (+/-0.009 - 0.005}: and specific gravity of 4.00 (+/- 0.10 - 0.05). This precious stone has its origin in countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam and Tanzania.|
|It is another species of Corundum with properties quite similar to Ruby in terms of color, hardness and specific gravity. Its origins are Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma).|
|As part of the Corundum family. Yellow Sapphire has specifications like 'Blue Sapphire and Ruby, but it is only found mostly in Thailand and Sri Lanka.|
|Discovered mostly in Africa, Australia, Russia and South America, the Diamond is normally colorless, though some come in the shades of light yellow and brown. Its hardness is 10 in Moh measurement; reflective index of 2.417: specific gravity of 3.52 (+/-0.01).|
The bigger the size the higher the value of the diamond. Well-proportioned cut diamond is capable of reflecting light, yield more brilliance and sparkle, thus is more valued.
|Color Scale||Trade Terms|
|Colorless to||D||Colorless||Finest White||Jager||Colorless|
|G||Near Colorless||Top Wesselton||Stones in this grade look colorless face-up: slight traces of color will not be apparent in mounted stones to other than the trained eye.|
|I||Commercial White||Top Crystal|
|J||Top Silver Cape||Crystal||Small stones in these range will look colorless face-up when mounted but large one will be tinted.|
|K||Faint yellow||Silver Cape||Top Cape|
|M||Faint yellow||Light Cape||Cape||Mounted stones in this grades will display a Yellowish tint even to the untrained eye.|
|N||Very Light Yellow||Low Cape|
|O||Very Light Yellow||Cape||Very Light Yellow|
|S||Light Yellow||Dark Cape|
|Fancy Yellow||Z||Fancy||Dark Cape|
|Clarity||Scandinavia||Exchange||USSR||Alternate W. Europe|
|VVS 1||VVSI 1||VVS||10X CLEANISH||VVS 1|
|VVS 2||VVSI 2|
|VS 2||VSI 1||10X VERY SLIGHT||VS 1|
|VS 1||VSI 2||SI|
|SI 1||SI 1||10 SLIGHT EYE CLEAN||SI|
|SI 2||SI 2|
|I 1||PIQUE 1||PIQUE||VERY SLIGHT TO THE EYE||PIQUE 1|
|I 2||PIQUE 2||SLIGHT TO THE EYE||PIQUE 2|
|I 3||PIQUE 3||MARKED TO THE EYE||PIQUE 3|
|VVS||Very Very Slightly|
|24 karat(Kt) gold is referred to 100% pure gold
22 Kt = 92%
18 Kt = 75%
PT900 = 90%
With the growing use of synthetic stones in jewelry, it is very crucial that buyers demand the certificate of authenticity with a gem identification report being issued by authorized gemologists from the stores they make the purchas
- Purchase at shops with the sign "VAT Refund for Tourists".
- Bring along the goods with oneself within 60 days from the date of purchase.
- Minimum value of purchase from one shop in one day is 2,000 Baht.
- Total value of goods purchased for a VAT refund must be at least 5.000 Baht.
- Sales clerks will prepare a VAT refund form and hand two copies of the form to buyers with a Tax Invoice.
- Goods eligible for VAT refund must not be restricted items such as firearms, explosives and the like as well as unset gemstones.
- Must bring along the goods to the port of disembarkation for display to Customs officials.
The Kingdom's gemstone polishing capability has developed by leaps and bounds, leading to the creation of "Bangkok Cut", which is widely admired. With the advantages mentioned above, it always makes a good reason to buy a piece of jewelry in Thailand when you are here right in the one of the world's forefront gems and jewelry centers.