Creative Process

Gem Hunting in Bangkok

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ~ Socrates

How true. The more I learn of gems, the more I feel my passion firing up and burning bright. A vessel may get filled to the brim someday, but a flame can burn forever, if you fuel if right.

And fuel my fire I did when I visited Bangkok for the umpteenth time in my life last week. This time round, some dear friends had found some gem sellers and craftsmen whom they wanted me to meet.

And I was blown away by the gems I saw. There were the usual Sapphires, Rubies, Tourmalines and Tanzanite in all shapes, sizes, cuts and grades.

But I also saw some pretty special gems like this brown Sapphire that can only be found at one of the gem seller’s mine, some beautiful baby pink Kunzite and untreated Tanzanite with the prettiest ombre colours.

I only managed to snap a picture of these rough gems.

Rough Gems

Rough Gems

I wish I took more pictures. But truth was I was there with my kids (it was the school holidays) and I wanted to ensure they stayed safe and not break anything while exploring the gems. Well, I guess my mothering instincts are still stronger than my photography ones.

A cross between mangoes and plums. Yummy.

A cross between mangoes and plums. Yummy.

Other than gem hunting, we had to sample the local street food. The fruits in Bangkok are unbelievably sweet and juicy!

So. Many. Mangoes.

So. Many. Mangoes.

The famous Mango Sticky Rice

The famous Mango Sticky Rice

I was snapped snapping a picture of a food seller.

I was snapped snapping a picture of a food seller.

Pandan goodness.

Pandan goodness.

After all that food, a camomile tea is in order.

Soothing Camomile Tea

Soothing Camomile Tea

So I definitely have to go back again to really check out the gems, make more purchases and create new collections. In fact, I already have ideas for some very pretty rings in my head and I hope to share these with you soon.

But do share with me in the comments below what your favourite accessory is. Rings? Earrings? Bracelets or Necklaces? Tell me please!

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