This is a short note to tell you something about the way the Buddhist amulet business works in Thailand. I don't know it all - and will readily tell you that, however, there are things I've learned through the years about Thai amulets that will help you choose the right amulet for yourself or for a gift.
Thai amulets are basically one of two kinds:
1. Made in Bangkok by jewelers or metal workers to sell for as much money as possible.
2. Made in rural temples, or in Bangkok by authorized Buddhist temple monks or laypersons, that are sold only by the temple and blessed by the temple abbot.
We sell only amulets in the #2 category. Thai amulets are a gigantic, thriving business in Thailand. There are amulets for every sort of ailment, luck, bad luck, and of every color and design, every material you could think of.
Selling amulets in Thailand is a massive and sometimes dark industry where replicas are sold as originals for many thousands of Thai Baht to unsuspecting buyers. We never wanted to become a part of that side of the business.
What we wanted to do, and what we have done - is create a place where people like you can buy authentic temple created or temple commissioned amulets that are blessed by the Buddhist abbot, and are genuine and as pure authentic as you can find. If you buy online you don't often know what you're getting. If a website is selling old amulets - that might be a clue that they either - don't know what they are doing, and so are trying to sell something just to make a quick dollar. Or, they might be genuine, authentic old amulet sellers that have great amulets to sell.
How would you know?
I wouldn't know, and I've been here for years now. I would say that the only way you are going to really "know" the amulets are genuine is to deal with the people. Are they living in Bangkok? Or, living outside Bangkok? I have found that the vast majority of online Thai amulet site owners live in Bangkok and are more interested in the dollars they can make with Buddhist amulets. They are not concerned with who blessed the amulets and will make things up to tell buyers to get them to buy.
The name of the game in Bangkok is to SELL AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Quality? Doesn't matter. If you are buying amulets - be careful. There are many Thai and western Thai amulet sellers alike that aren't concerned about what they are selling. We here, are concerned and we only sell amulets from two temples here in Southern Thailand. If you are interested in seeing amulets we have for sale, go to our main site (www.ThaiAmuletSales.com) and browse Thai amulets for sale. :)