How To… Avoid Rip-Off Jewellers
Visitors are often duped into buying imitation or inferior gems in Bangkok, the world’s coloured gemstone capital, known for precious and semi-precious stones. LUXE is here to help with our favourite – and most trusted – local jewellers. Get your sparkle on at these bobby-dazzlers…
With over 40 years’ experience, Silom’s Lambert Industries offers gem-cutting services and special custom creations, but also sells ready-set or loose gemstones (think aquamarine, emerald, sapphire, and diamond). Swiss-born head of jewellery design Elsbeth Zimmermann oversees the craftsmanship. Shop online too.
Specialising in fine quality silver, 1985-founded Lin Jewelers stocks bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings, cufflinks and chains made by skilled silversmiths, plus gift-friendly silver homewares. Boasting two stores in Bang Rak, and an e-boutique, they also engrave bespoke messages.
If you love bold, vampish baubles, make for Matthew Campbell Laurenza’s MCL Design. This dandy Bangkok-based American crafts “wearable sculpture for adventurous spirits”, with his boho-luxe designs sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Lane Crawford and Harrods. Splash out on an original one-off piece at his local HQ, visitable by appointment only.
Fantastical and feminine, Matina Amanita’s collections include fine gems and costume jewellery. For textured, text-toting rings shop the ‘Time Capsule’ range or snap up a zodiac ring from the ‘Happy Birthday’ collection or a fab owl ring ‘love token’. Matina Amanita Mansion is in Pathumwan’s Central Embassy mall; she also creates pieces for her sister’s fashion label Sretsis.
Central Saint Martins grad Patcharavipa Bodiratnangkura handcrafts contemporary fine jewellery for her edgy-beautiful label Patcharavipa, which has stores in Bangkok and London. Materials span coconut shells, sacred woods, precious gemstones, pearls and 18k Siam Gold (in black, yellow and rose hues). Organic and elemental, the ‘Tushroom’ and ‘Coexistence’ collections of rings, earrings, bangles and necklaces are sure to wow.
Lambert Industries / 4/F / Silom Shanghai Bldg / 807-809 Silom Rd Soi 17 / +66 2 236 4343 / 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm Sat / lambertgems.com
Lin Jewelers / 9 Charoenkrung Rd Soi 38 / Bang Rak / +66 2 234 2819 / 10am-8pm Mon-Sat / linjewelers.comMatina Amanita / 2/F / Central Embassy / 1031 Ploenchit Rd / +66 2160 5875 / 10am-10pm daily / matinaamanita.com