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S.J. International, Bangkok

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Browse through an impressive collection of jewelry at S.J. International, a Thai jeweler with over 30 years of experience. Browse through a selection of jewelry centered on colored stones: sapphire, tanzanite,turquoise, topaz, citrine, peridot, and pearl jewelry. The store offers all sorts of details like which birthstones correspond to which month of the year. You can also have the store custom design a piece for you--the company employs goldsmiths, diamond graders, gemologists, and other service-oriented staff that are able to provide feedback and suggestions. Put S.J. International on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Bangkok attractions planner .
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  • I have been shopping at SJ International for more than 20 years. A Thai friend first took me there and I was so pleased with my purchases that I have arranged my travel to the Southeast Asia region so...  more »
  • We purchased Sapphire stud earrings from them at the end of 11/2017 for around $500 after negotiations. I had them appraised today to see if it was worth adding them our home owners insurance. They we...  more »
  • This store has a variety of different selections and also customizable jewelry designers. It’s a great location for a visit and has great customer service. My mother has been a regular client for deca...  more »
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  • I was stunned when the sales girl quoted $1200 for a cloth pin and said it was all precious meterial. This is no place for memorebella hunting. The sales girl got pissed off when I said I'm not buying it. Why on earth should I buy when I don't want it.
  • Nice location, easy access and good product.
  • This place is a scam. Let me tell you my story. First day in Bangkok, went to to grand palace, then walked by wat pho. Outside wat pho and Thai man approached us enthusiastically telling us "this temple is closed to public right now for prayer, but will be open at 1800". He suggested we take a Tuk Tuk around to standing Buddha, happy Buddha and some other well know tourist sites. He circled locations on the map and also wrote Thai export. For 100 baht it sounded like fun. The Tuk Tuk, very nice man took us around, waited for us at each location...we went down some remote roads to the white Buddha temple. We were the only ones there, very small. Upon leaving the man who was standing at the door starting chit chatting, he spoke perfect English. Talked about all the places in USA that he visited. Then began to tell us how he afforded to go to college abroad. INVESTING IN SAPPHIRES. He said "One week per year the government allows sapphires from exporting shops to be bought by the public tax free, they do not charge the 195% tax". When asked why on earth they would do this he said "so the young people here can afford to get an education abroad by selling, then come back to the country to work". This man had such an elaborate yet convincing story. So of course, the Tuk Tuk took us the this shop. Upon entering, it seemed a bit sketchy but we casually looked around, while the 10 employees sat around looking busy. The owner Chan, started talking and of course told us about the tax free week...promised us that we can sell for at least double in USA, named all NYC jewelers. He explained that we can each only take $5,000 USD on the plane, his story went on. We were suckers and gave in, the get rich fast scheme hit us hard. We bought a pair earrings and a ring. Chan provided us with endless documents proving the value of the ring etc, we left. Immediately back at the hotel and on wifi we quickly found out we were scammed. We talked to the hotel who was extremely helpful and took us to the tourist police. The hotel said this is one of the biggest scams in Bangkok, as does the internet, trip advisor etc....the value of the products at this shop is EXTREMELY LOW. We worked out a deal and got 90% return after the police had the owner come to the station. The tourist police were almost hinting that we couldn't not file a report. It was either get 90% back or file report...not both. Our hotel later informed us after we left that this was because the police get a cut of money for not filing a report and reporting/shutting down this FRAUDULENT business, it is all corrupt. LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKE!
  • Thailand most imfamous jewelry scam beware.
  • I purchased what was sold to me as a genuine ruby ring and genuine ruby earrings to the tune of $9,000 USD. Imagine my disappointment and chagrin when my jeweler back home in Texas came back to me with appraisals on both items stating they were a man made product! I feel cheated and misinformed and thoroughly disgusted. They offered no compensation for their fraudulent representation. So much for their stated "exclusive guarantee". Go elsewhere in Bangkok for your jewelry!

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