Hi Bird et al
inexpensive high quality stones
be very careful buying stones in Asia. There are many synthetics
pretending to be the real thing.
Unless you know your stones don’t. I am often shown stones from Asia
bought by the unknowing.
They get upset when I tell them it is a CZ worth a few bucks.
I had a fellow student at the School for Silversmiths who was a
gemologist. Went to Thailand to buy stones, he had some serious
dollars to spend. It was all good till he took out the testing
equipment and then was thrown out of every gem dealer!
In Thailand they say the best sapphires are Thai and the low quality
come from Australia.
The opposite is true.
Still having been born in Asia and have close contacts with the
Asian community here in Australia I would say it is a wonderful place
to visit with some very friendly wonderful people. Business is another
matter. It is the same in the west caveat emptor, buyer beware.