I am a studio jeweler living in Bangkok, Thailand. I was trained at
Revere Academy and a small school in Florence, Italy. The majority
of my work is contemporary with unique design, hand-made in sterling
silver and 18K gold. I have a relative hard time getting people to
understand my jewelry. People here still think of jewelry as fine
jewelry with lots of colored stones and diamonds. Anything without a
diamond is considered costume Anything in between is not worth
When I told people I make jewelry myself, they looked at me and said
oh, you can grade diamonds right? I am getting frustrated having to
explain to them that making jewelry and grading diamonds/stones are
two different things! And when I told them I made jewelry with my
own two hands, they looked at me in amazement"just because they
think people who make jewelry in Thailand are only craftspeople
working for big jewelry manufacturers in a small, musty
sweatshop™ sort of place.
Lately I have been contemplating starting a club for studio
jewelers/contemporary jewelry designers in Bangkok who are trying to
venture out to the Thai/regional market on their own. Right now I
can think of about a handful of us working in this sort of
contemporary art jewelry and/or teaching this subject in local
The hardest part of it is to get started. I am wondering if anyone
out there who had set up club/group of this sort could spare a few
moments to help me out here. My main goals are for contemporary
studio jewelers in Thailand to get together and help each other out
as far as marketing is concerned and educating the public about the
kind of work we do. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
If there™s anyone else out there working out of Thailand who is
interested in this, please feel free to contact me at
@atinuj_tantivit. My website is only partly done but you can
see a few of my work at www.la-chiocciolina.com.
Thanks for your time.