What are your options on pink gems
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What are your options on pink gems

Talking specifically about wholesale gemstone jewelry, many buyers wonder why pink topaz or rose quartz remain very popular. The issue is related to gemstone availability, unlike ซื้อ bitcoin supply which is always available, highly depends buyer/seller demand and price points. Firstly, pink topaz is available in abundance, it’s availability is directly related to that of white topaz. If you are surprised you should know that, plain white topaz is coated with a pink layer (in factories) to produce pink topaz. And this is what wholesale jewelry manufacturers use.

So what about pink sapphires? Why are they not common in wholesale gem stone rings and other jewelry. The reason is that it is not very easy to get hundreds of closely matching pink sapphire gems. Another point is related to the price point of this pink gem. If you can get a 14mm x 10mm oval pink topaz for around 50 U.S$, a similar size in pink sapphire should be priced in the 3,000 U.S$ to 5,000 U.S$ price range! Wholesale gemstone jewelry needs mass markets to consume large volumes of jewelry. If you have this objective in mind, you cannot produce jewelry with high price tags. Lower prices remain one of the main attractions of wholesale jewelry.

Somewhere between pink topaz and pink sapphire is another interesting pink gem stone, this is pink tourmaline. This gem is sturdy and much more affordable as compared to pink sapphire, but the price point will still not make it a viable choice for wholesale jewelry. If you were looking for a 14mm x 10mm oval pink tourmaline, you would firstly need to accept that the stone will have a few visible inclusions. Expect a price point of around 300 U.S$ to 500 U.S$ for the gem. While this is not cheap, it is many times cheaper as compared to pink sapphire.

Much of the cheap wholesale jewelry in silver with pink stones uses, pink quartz or rose quartz. 60% of such quartz is opaque and not very tough to source. You might come across rose quartz with an impressive clarity but, the pink on such stones is too pale.

Not just gold weight
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Not just gold weight

Encouraged by the thirst for cheap diamond jewelry, wholesale jewelry manufacturers are getting increasingly stingy with gold weight. This is a short term perspective and by the time the buyer realizes this, the jeweler is safe and happy with the purchase!

It is not just gold weight that is compromised in wholesale diamond rings, you can also see the ugly quality of the diamonds in such rings. In contrast to this the affordable diamond ring collection from Kaisilver works within strict parameters for diamond selection. The diamonds in our rings are natural and they all look gorgeous. We give you beauty without requesting you to plunder your wallet. If you look at the diamonds in most wholesale diamond rings, you can see with the naked eye that they are milky and clouded. It might be legally right to claim these low grade junk as diamonds but, in jewelry and gemstone terms we would call them junk.

This entire write up on diamond gold rings is not aimed at justifying extravagant price tags for our diamond rings. The RG183 is NOT EXPENSIVE, and is priced below 1,300 U.S$ in 14k white or yellow gold. The center diamond is a 3mm round and the diamonds on the sides are 2mm rounds. Combine this with the 8 to 10 gram gold weight that is almost 100% more than what a wholesale diamond ring would have, and you will agree that good diamond rings need not be lavishly priced. A glance at the complete report on this Kaisilver diamond ring will be both useful and interesting.

Bangkok gem crime
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Bangkok gem crime

First up, heres a confession: It almost happened to me too. My stirling credentials (Old Asia Hand, 12-year resident of Bangkok, street-wise traveler, journalist cynic) did not prepare me for the slickness of the operation. When I finally caught on to what was actually going on we were (cross my heart) almost killed.

My husband and I decided one fine day a couple of years ago to spend the day being tourists in Bangkok. Since wed lived here so long our out-of-town visitors had tailed off and we hadnt had to escort anyone to the temples and monuments in such a long time. So off we went on a jaunt, just the two of us, to the Grand Palace.

Some distance away from the palace gates we saw a very long queue of Thai people all dressed in black, snaking its way into the palace grounds. Days before an elderly princess, the Kings sister, had passed away. With the Royal Family being so revered here, I realised immediately that this mass of people in black lining up outside had something to do with her death. Then suddenly a very charming and well-spoken Thai gentleman smartly dressed in black materialised.

Oh, what a pity, he said. Wed come on just the wrong day. The Grand Palace was closed to tourists since this was the day that the Thai public were allowed to come and sign their names in a commemorative book. In fact hed just done that himself, he said. Then he whipped out a map (why, oh why did this in itself not ring my alarm bells?) and suggested another Wat nearby that we could go to instead.

Do not rush the cheapest deal
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Do not rush the cheapest deal

The design, metal and metal weight of the cufflinks also need to be considered. While gold cufflinks would obviously be priced much higher than silver cufflinks, you might want to try gold plating on sterling silver cufflinks. In recent years, stainless steel cufflinks have gained popularity and acceptance. It is normal for steel jewelry producers to expect volumes of around 500 to 1,000 pairs when it comes to customized corporate cufflinks. You could even consider ordering some silver cufflinks and a small number of gold cufflinks as corporate gifts. The annual revenue generated by each client might help you decide who gets the gold cufflinks and who gets the silver cuff links.

It is important to choose the right manufacturer for your corporate cufflinks. Also, do not rush for the cheapest deal. Your corporate gift is supposed to enhance the image of your company in the eyes of your clients. It is normal to expect that you get what you pay for. If you had to hunt for cheap cufflinks, they would be low in quality too. This might cause them to break or bend, ruining your corporate image. So if you are on a very tight budget and feel that even silver or steel cufflinks are beyond your budget, then think of some cheaper corporate gift. Avoid compromising heavily on quality, it could backfire. http://www.jewelry.kaijewels.com/man-cuff-link-kj-all.htm

Gem scams
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Gem scams

The morals of the story is: These gem scams are run by ruthless people who can intimidate, drug, and possibly assault or endanger you. Dont talk to strangers who approach you in public places, no matter how well-mannered and charming they appear. If you plan to buy gemstones in Thailand, go to a respectable shop or a proper source (see future posts).

Its a sad fact that because of official indifference and corruption thousands of visitors to Thailand continue to fall victim to numerous scams. Aside from apart from the Grandaddy of them all, the infamous Gem and Jewellery Scam, they include the King Power Duty Free Scam, the Phuket Tuktuk Scam, the Pattaya Jet-ski and Baht-bus Scams, the Airport Taxi Scam. If its any consolation to visitors, there are many other scams that are targeted exclusively at expatriate residents.I could go on and on.

What to do?

If you are targeted and find yourself trapped in one of these outlets. You could try calling the Tourist Police 1155. But dont hold your breath.

Preparing gold for refining
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Preparing gold for refining

To prepare gold for refining you should first get a jeweller to remove any large and valuable gemstones. Some refineries will dissolve the gold with chemicals and stones will be left behind in the process. They will charge you a token price per stone for handling: about 1 baht per stone. Be sure to count the number of stones and make sure the refiner includes the stones on the receipt, and that you make sure you understand the receipt if it is written in Thai.

The refiner will weigh the goods and give you an estimate for refining based on the amount of fine gold calculated to be in the scrap. They will verify this by testing at the time of refining.

If you are dealing with a small scrap merchant, such as you can find in the MBK shopping complex, you should insist on watching the entire process, from testing and weighing of your scrap to the melting process.

Authority in Gemology
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Authority in Gemology

The 80-year old Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Thailand campus recently opened its shiny new premises at U-Chi-Liang Building on Rama 1V Road, with the GIA President and CEO, Donna M. Baker, presiding over the grand opening.

The GIA has trademarked its slogan The Worlds Foremost Authority in Gemology, and its hard to argue the point. As the worlds most trusted name in diamond grading and gemstone identification, the GIA is perhaps less well-known as the institution which created the famous four Cs of diamond quality in 1953.

Although it is just one of several institutes of gemological sciences operating in Thailand, the GIAs Bangkok branch has played a significant role in the development of the Thai jewellery industry, with many of the leading players having obtained their gemology education at its Bangkok campus, which opened in 1993, and using its laboratory for its technical support. The laboratory in Thailand is one of seven in six countries, and the only full-service lab operating outside of the United States. The new premises house both the laboratory and the teaching facility, which can accommodate 100 students.