Stories From The Road

The Royal Lapidary

THE ROYAL LAPIDARY, BANGKOK, THAILAND – Our first day of touring ended with our tour guide bringing us to two shops. Obviously the tour company received some sort of kickback if these companies sold something to us, but it was still cool to see another side of Bangkok. Our first stop was The Royal Lapidary. This store was actually a gem factory that is known throughout Thailand for its jewelry. It specializes in sapphire and ruby’s, but they also work with every other gemstone. At first I thought this was just a sham, but they allowed us to go into the factory and stand over the workers as they built various jewelry mountings and polished the stones. It was a neat process to see.

One of the workers making a ring


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