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Bangkok: A Hub of the Global Gemstone Trade

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

One my favourite places in the world, Bangkok. The gem trade in Bangkok is a hub of activity that has been growing and thriving for many years. With its strategic location in Southeast Asia and its long history of producing some of the world's finest gems, the Thai gem trade has become one of the most important centres for the trade and production of gems in the world. This centre has become so important to the world jewellery industry that many skilled professionals travel to Bangkok at least every year just to participate in its rich and dynamic gem trade. From local Thai artisans to international traders, Bangkok’s gem trade offers a wealth of opportunities for those looking to buy and sell precious gems.

JTC Gemstone and Jewellery centre Bangkok
JTC Centre in Bangkok , the largest collection of Gem dealers and cutters are based here. I have visited this building countless times and still do regularly.

When on a gem hunt I often start my search in Bangkok, which is known as the centre of the gemstone universe. By starting my search in Bangkok, I am able to follow up on leads, view hundreds of stones, and gauge the market status of certain gems. This allows me to source the highest quality gemstones at the most competitive prices for my clients.

When it come to gemstones, knowledge goes a long way.

However, the Bangkok gem trade is not for the faint of heart. Trading in the Bangkok scene requires experience, finely tuned expertise, and perseverance. The markets are complex and can be overwhelming for those unfamiliar with the inner workings of the gem trade. Only skilled professionals are able to navigate the intricate and competitive environment. That's why I leverage my years of experience in the gemstone and diamond industry, as well as my extensive network of contacts in Bangkok and across the globe , to ensure that I am sourcing only the highest quality gemstones for my clients.

Emerald cut Columbian Emerald
Viewing a fine Columbian Emerald in the office of one of Bangkok's many fine emerald dealers.

One of the key reasons for the success of the Bangkok gem trade is the city's location. It is situated at the crossroads of major trading routes, making it an ideal hub for the distribution of gems from the surrounding countries. The city is home to a large number of wholesalers, retailers, and manufacturers, making it a one-stop-shop for those in the trade.

The history of the Thai gem trade can be traced back to the 12th century when Siam, as Thailand was then known, was a major player in the international spice trade. The country's natural resources and abundant deposits of precious stones and metals soon made it a hub of production and trade for all manner of gems, including rubies, sapphires, and diamonds. Over the centuries, the Thai gem trade has continued to grow and evolve, with new technologies and techniques constantly being introduced to improve the production and quality of gems.

Silom gem and jewellery district
Silom in Bangkok is home to many buildings housing hundreds of gem dealers and cutters.

In addition to its thriving gem trade, Bangkok is also home to many skilled gem cutters and miners who are dedicated to producing some of the world's most beautiful and unique gems. These artisans are part of a proud tradition of craftsmanship that has been passed down from generation to generation and that continues to thrive in Bangkok today. The city's bustling gem districts, such as the famous Pratunam Market and JTC trade centre, are home to a wealth of skilled gem dealers who are capable of sourcing and selling gems from around the world.

By taking the time to carefully select each gemstone, and by working closely with my clients to understand their individual needs and preferences, I am able to create bespoke pieces of jewellery that are truly one-of-a-kind. Whether you're looking for a rare fancy coloured diamond or a beautiful emerald for that dream bespoke engagement ring or jewellery spoil, I can source the perfect gemstone to bring your vision to life. Make an appointment with me online or schedule a visit at my office in Harrogate for a one on one jewellery, diamond or gemstone consultation.

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