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A gem dealer's journal — Bangkok

A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Eying at the heart of the Gem trade with Phuket Khunaprapakorn from Gemburi

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Eying at the heart of the Gem trade with Phuket Khunaprapakorn from Gemburi

Hey Loungers, You often hear us talking about Thailand, and Bangkok in particular, as being the beating heart of the gem trade yet never really explained why. Well, today, we can finally help you get a better grasp over the importance of Thailand for our merry trade. Today, we have the pleasure of introducing you to one of Chantaburi’s Lords of the Ruby trade. Today, we have the pleasure of interviewing the owner of the titanic Gemburi company, the jovial and outgoing Phuket Khunaprapakorn! Khun Phuket, the floor is yours!   Discover Gemburi's K. Phuket Khunaprapakorn story now as a...

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Behind the Nomadic lens (Part 2) with Nook Prangpak:

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Behind the Nomadic lens (Part 2) with Nook Prangpak:

"Nook PrangpakThe most important piece of advice is to have fun with your work. You have to try and enjoy the whole process of setting up, organizing, and editing. Focusing less on the result and more on each step will make a lot of difference. Try to separate and enjoy each step -- this includes coming up with ideas and inspiration, choosing the background and props, setting up the light and camera, trying different combinations, and finally the editing process. If you can spend the time necessary to focus and enjoy each step, you will improve."

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Interviewing Navneet Agarwal of Navneet Gems:

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Interviewing Navneet Agarwal of Navneet Gems:

Hey Loungers, Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Navneet Argarwal from Navneet gems and learn more about how and why he entered the trade. Today, Navneet is known for having a wide range of semi precious as well as for his love of teal sapphires! Navneet, the floor is yours, Navneet Agarwal is with us today - Photo Credits: Navneet Gems   AsiaLounges: First of all thank you for being with us today in the Lounges. Can you tell us more about yourself? Who are you Navneet Agarwal? Navneet Agarwal: Hi, thank you for having me over today. It...

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Interview With Richard W. Wise: Author of Secret of the Gem Trade:

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Interview With Richard W. Wise: Author of Secret of the Gem Trade:

Hey Loungers, Today we have the pleasure to welcome a gem dealer turned writer and novelist. He has been in the trade ever since the late 70’s and has toured the world in search for your favourite gems and their secrets for decades. It is in 2003 that he delivers his bestselling book Secret of the Gem trade and now have the pleasure to learn more about him and his path, Today we welcome Richard W. Wise,   Here is Richard Wise in Hong Kong while on the hunt for pearls and jade in the early 90's - Photo Credits:...

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Interview with a Pearl Master: GIA’s Nicholas Sturman

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Interview with a Pearl Master: GIA’s Nicholas Sturman

Hey Loungers, 

Today we interview Nicholas Sturman, currently GIA’s senior manager of pearl identification globally who is based in Bangkok. Nick has over three decades of pearl identification under his belt and is here today to help us understand this very specialized part of the trade.

Our British friend worked on pearls for 16 years in Bahrain before joining us here, in the world gem capital, Bangkok, almost 11 years ago. 

Without any further delays we give you Nick Sturman,

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