I set out on this Asian trip in the middle of March, first heading to Bangkok. My plan was to spend 1 month in Asia buying gems, visiting old friends, and going to new areas I have not been before - all within the realm of finding unique pieces for my clients and my collection.
I arrived in Bangkok early on the morning of the 19th after good empty flights though Dubai. Quickly, I checked into my hotel, topped up my local cell phone, and got to work getting into contact with my local network here. One thing that fast paced New Yorkers like myself have to do is adjust to the local tempo - especially now that it's the hot season in Thailand. With average temperatures in the high 90's F most people here operate a bit more slowly.
A few things I wanted to look at while here were sapphire, yellow and blue, which came in from Madagascar and Sri-Lanka. There are many stones here, trading in the local market. Seeing what's available gives me some ideas for rings, and other things clients are interested in.
Some of the things I was looking for were gems that look great, are nicely sized, but can be bought, somewhat reasonably by my clients - in price points between $3,000 and $10,000. Here were a few stones I looked at and liked.
The above sapphire was a compelling stone. For me, gems each have their own character. Nothing makes a gem more unique than it's inclusions and coloration. In this stone there is noticeable color banding, even dead zones where there is no color present. Still, the overall effect is striking, and give this stone so much character.
Other stones I saw included some interesting Zambian Emeralds.