I received an email from my uncle today asking me advice on where &
who to buy gold & precious gemstone jewelry from in Bangkok; it
seems he is traveling to Bangkok in a month, and since I buy jewelry
in Bangkok he understandably thought I’d be a good person to ask for
advice & direction. The only problem is this: I’m in the silver &
semiprecious gemstone business & don’t know the first thing about
precious stones EXCEPT that I have no business buying them! As such,
I can’t point him in the right direction or recommend any particular
retailers / dealers, but I’m guessing that someone on this board
will be able to help me help him.
As I understand it, he wants to buy some ruby or saphire (those are
the stones one should buy in Bangkok, no?) jewelry for his wife &
perhaps daughter, too. Though fairly savvy & well-traveled, my uncle
doesn’t know the first thing about gemstones–how to identify natural
stones versus synthetics stones versus enhanced stones or the price
he should pay for any of them.
Is there a reputable dealer / wholesaler / retailer in Bangkok that
you would recommend he visit? When the person tells him the price,
what’s a reasonabe price to try & negotiate down to–50% off, 25%
off, or what?
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!