Thailand Gold Amulets (Details)
Our pendants use Thailand gold. Here is a little information about how gold is typically used in pendants from Thailand.
Thailand is well-known and highly regarded for gold jewelry and Buddhist pendants and other items.
Gold is the ultimate material for looks… and yet, when it is very pure (Thai Baht gold which is 96.5% pure) the gold is too soft and dings, scratches, and disfigures easily.
For this reason, usually 14K and 18K gold plating is used in Thai pendants and necklaces that will be worn often. The pendants we have here are, without exception, gold plated and gold dipped. I don’t think we have any pure gold items at all here – and you wouldn’t find such a thing in a Buddhist temple in Thailand either – pure gold items are found in jewelry stores.
There are pendants which are made by / for jewelry stores, and there are pendants that are made at / for the thousands of Buddhist temples in Thailand. We sell only original Buddhist pendants and items we bought directly from the temples themselves… never from a jewelry store. In this way, we are 100% sure to buy and sell only authentic items to you. Many people appreciate this, and we have long lists of customers that come back to buy more items as time passes.
One thing you will notice about Thai gold amulets, and all pendants is that those that were made at the temples – are usually not flawless, in the western sense of the word. Monks are not jewelers, they are craftsmen. They try very hard to make the items as high quality as possible, but, if monks made them – you can probably find very small imperfections in the amulets. This occurs with most items found at the temple.
Thais do not degrade the pendant when these micro-sized imperfections are found, they are part of the process. If you want picture-perfect pendants to give as a gift – you can choose those made at a jewelery shop. They are not authentic, they are not Buddhist… they are like something you would find in a gold magazine in your own country – just in the shape of a Buddha.
These pendants are likely not blessed at the temple, and even if they were – you’d own a perfect looking Buddha pendant that was not made at a temple, and yet blessed at at temple. It’s a bit of a strange thing to consider for Thais in Thailand, to wear items like this.. Most Thais prefer to buy their Buddhist items from Buddhist monks and nuns (magee) at the temples in Thailand. We sure do too.
Thai gold is sold in different weight units than you might be used to. Thais call 15.16 grams of pure gold – 1 Thai Baht. Baht gold is nearly 1/2 Troy ounce of pure gold – which weights 31.1 grams.
We don’t sell any pure gold items here at ThaiAmuletSales.com, nor do we know anyone that deals in gold. If it is pure gold pendants or cases that you wish to find, please consult jewelry stores in your local area. They may know a source for you.
Notice that Thais make gold plated cases for their pendants and that these cases eventually discolor, like all gold plated items. There is no gold plated item that you can buy in the world that will hold that brilliance forever, if you are wearing the item daily. Humidity in the air, sunlight, rain, shower water, sweat, and contact with other materials can cause your gold plated item to change color. Sweat and salt water is the worst.
This is normal, this is what Buddhists see as impermanence, and perhaps this is why they are not concerned with trying to make pure gold items that never change color. Even pure gold can get dingy over time and need cleaning…
We have been selling items at ThaiAmuletSales.com for more than four years now. We have had only 2 customers contact us to tell us their item was discolored. If your items turns black or some horrible color – please contact us. It just doesn’t make sense… and we may choose to replace the item, or not. If you swim in the salt water ocean, please note that your pendant will likely turn a very dark color in a short time. Most of the gold plated cases we sell are not waterproof and they will discolor easily upon exposure to water – especially salt water.
For more detailed information about Thailand Amulets, please look at your leisure through our online amulet, necklace, bracelet, and other items here on this site. Please also feel free to contact us by email or chat, if you have any questions that are not answered and we will gladly respond to your inquiry.