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“Jewelry, history, hospitality”
Review of Johny's Gems

Johny's Gems
Ranked #229 of 462 Shopping in Bangkok
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Los Angeles, California
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“Jewelry, history, hospitality”
Reviewed 23 November 2013

This is a family owned and operated jewelry store which specializes in rubies and sapphire jewelries, loose gems, and a collection of mid-century noppakao rings. We were charmed by the hospitality shown by our hosts. When we called asking for directions, an attendant came looking for us. When we sat at the counter, the owner asked if we were hungry and ordered food from a nearby vendor, and we swear that it was the best pad see-ew we've had in years. We ended up visiting a couple of times, and bought quite a few pieces. We were impressed by their collection of original noppakao rings, which are uniquely Thai mid-century intricate designs. All were designed in house since they have their own goldsmiths.

The one surprise for us is how much this store is a treasure trove of American history in Thailand. The shop was first opened during the early days of the war in Vietnam. It became a place where American Service persons often visited. The store counters are lined with business cards of American visitors and along the walls are photos of American Service persons as well as politicians and other representatives of the United States. This is the type of business that creates a strong relationship with its clients. We will certainly visit again next time we're in Thailand.

Johny's Gems is located on Fueng Nakorn Road, one of the first four roads built in Bangkok, a few blocks southeast from the Royal Palace, and on the southeast corner of Wat Ratchabopit, south of the canal, at the corner of Phaya Si and Fueng Nakorn. Look for the "Johny's Gems" large signage. You can walk from pier 8 on the Chao Praya River, or take a taxi from Hua Lamphong train station if you are not staying in the area.

Visited October 2013
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