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Buying Engagement ring in Chinag Mai?

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Buying Engagement ring in Chinag Mai?

Hi everyone

Am planning a trip in April next year, 1 week Chiang Mai, three weeks Phuket.

My brother wants to propose to his partner while we are there, so looking for suggestions for romantic setting.

Also he wants to purchase engagement ring there as she only wears silver jewellery.

Is this a good idea and will he be able to find beautiful rings with gemstones eg: Rubies, Emeralds?

Cheers

Judy

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1. Re: Buying Engagement ring in Chinag Mai?

Search returns tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293917-i9325-k272… The web site of the referenced shop even shows some prices.

In general Thais do not value highly silver jewelry - gold is the thing, and putting precious stones on silver would be a waste. I suspect that shops offering such items are limited in number and focusing on tourists with prices to match.

In any case, Thailand is not supposed to be a bargain for jewelry since there no longer is any local mining. The main savings would come in the cost of workmanship and possibly taxes. As far as I know, gold sales are not subject to the 7% value added tax while silver is. Businesses with a turnover of less than 1 million baht are not required to collect VAT, anyway. However, large shops probably can provide you with the tax refund forms that you can use to get the VAT back if you fly out of the country.

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2. Re: Buying Engagement ring in Chinag Mai?

There are a number of people in Chiang Mai, who can make you a ring. There is a place on Thapae Road . If you start at the Gate end. This means you are going towards the traffic ,on your right hand side about 200 metres down there is a wonderful store that make very beatiful items..

The post before is correct, about Gold and Silver and adding a stone, you mainly see the Thai ladies with a gold band only.

Cheers

John

Edited: 2:55 am, July 21, 2013
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3. Re: Buying Engagement ring in Chinag Mai?

John Liston is refering to Nova Jewelry. Creative designs for a ring you won't find anywhere else.

If you go further down that road, near the bridge on the left side there is Shiraz Jewelry. You can choose the ring from any catalogue, they'll do it for you. You choose the loose gemstone from their collection, and a few days later the ring is ready.

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4. Re: Buying Engagement ring in Chinag Mai?

Thanks everyone for your replies

I will pass on the info, I think it would be wonderful to have the ring made in Chiang Mai and then he can propose in Phuket. Will make the holiday very special and memorable for them

Cheers

Judy

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