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Gemstones and Jewels Trade in Chanthaburi

The province of Chanthaburi is one of the leading centres for home grown gems and jewels, with choice jewellery made from Thai-mined jewels and much from one of the local jewel mines.

Chanthaburi gems are sold at the local jewel market that opens on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Many of the gemstones are from local gem mines.

Chanthaburi Gems and Jewels Market

As well as the local shops that specialise in jewellery cut from local mineral mines, there is a vibrant market where the finished product can be bought.

You can buy them by way of gem rings and pendants or as individual jewel stones.

The market is open for a long weekend - Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It generally winds down for the day at around 6.00pm.

In fact, you can buy the raw ingredients in a nearby street, where a trader usually has a truck full of 'raw' gemstones, together with a few hundred of the finished gems.

It is possible to buy raw uncut gemstones of various types for around 5,000 baht per kilo.

Gems and Jewels Trade at Chanthaburi ProvinceThe size of the individual lumps range from finger-nail size right through to the size of a coconut.

All you have to do is to break the raw gemstone rock into manageable sized pieces, and then turn them for many days in a special tumbling drum to smooth off the edges.

Alternatively, a skilled jeweller, will cut the stones to show the many alluring facets which basically gives it its value.

  1. The raw materials get mined from a local gemstone mine.
  2. Raw gemstones then go through the tumbling drum process.
  3. Resulting in many beautiful jewellery items on sale at the Chantaburi gems and jewellery market.

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