Saturday, August 11, 2012

Some Recent Thai Amulets We Found

Here are some photos of Thai amulets we found recently at temples close to our home in southern Thailand. Some are available for sale at ThaiAmuletSales.com and some we will probably keep for ourselves because we haven't seen them before.

This is a very heavy (2-3 ounce) takrud prayer scroll that is sealed and for a man to wear on a necklace. These are very popular in Thailand - and we've sold two on our ThaiAmuletSales.com site already in the past. Recently we found 1 more.

This is a rare Luang Phor Tuad, solid silver Thai amulet with a yellow ceramic glaze that sparkles - on the background. We have red, blue, and green colors as well. You could buy the entire set for $300 USD., but we don't have this offer on our site anywhere - just email and tell us you saw the special here. (thaiamuletsalescom@gmail.com). The eyelet holes are undrilled. If you want them drilled, we can do so for you before shipping - just ask.
This is one we'll probably keep for ourselves. It's Pra Bittar (Pidta) the closed eye monk, surrounded by Naga (snakes, serpents) in the classic full-lotus meditation pose on top of a demon eating the moon. What makes this special is - 1 - we've never seen this design in the material used, which is BLACK JADE. In 7 years of collecting amulets we've never seen one like this. The price we paid was probably fair, but it was expensive, one of our most expensive amulets. If you would really like to buy it - email and let us know, we'll consider offers over $350 USD. We can put the amulet in a solid silver case if you like. Email: thaiamuletsalescom@gmail.com.

We bought over a hundred Thai Buddha and other Buddhist amulets recently. We'll try to put more here for you to browse, but we have a couple of other sites where we tend to put photos of amulets:

http://www.allbuddhas.com
http://www.thaiamuletsales.com/blog/
http://www.thaiamuletsales.com


Thursday, August 9, 2012

How Likely Is It You Have a REAL Thai Amulet?

We spent some time looking online for Thai amulets lately and we have come to a conclusion... if you didn't buy your amulet directly from a temple - you almost definitely have a fake amulet.

1. Thais that buy amulets from temples very rarely resell them. They buy an amulet to either wear themselves, give to others to wear, or to put on their Buddhist altar at home. They don't sell them because quite frankly, they don't feel right about selling amulets they bought. It isn't Thai style. Now, that isn't to say there aren't Thais that try to make a living at this. There are. There are amulet shops and markets all over Thailand. They are selling some amulets from temples, and some from jewelry shops. They are selling some real and some fake amulets. Which is which? You'd never know.

2. It isn't hard to fake an amulet make of dirt. Really... The oldest amulets are made of clay - dirt, usually. If made of metal, wood, bone, plastic, or anything else - it is NOT hard to fake and create replicas that are exactly like the original. There are a number of things one can look for to try to prove authenticity of an amulet - but guess what? Making amulets is not rocket science. There are only so many things you can do to try to fool people copying the amulet. All the authenticators are KNOWN for the best amulets. There are no secrets any more. Anyone with some knowledge about the original Som Dej amulets, for example, can create 100% authentic looking and smelling Som Dej amulets. It is absolutely impossible for you to know which you have. Please don't spend a couple thousand dollars for an amulet which might not be worth more than the dirt used to put it together.

3. The best amulets in Thailand have a lineage. There is a direct line of sales that leads back to the temple that originated it. Still this is sometimes faked, but, you will not EVER be able to sell one of your own fake amulets to a Thai collector in Bangkok that knows what he's doing because he will need to know the whereabouts of the amulet from the start. Where did it come from originally? WHo owned it first? Where do they live? Where are they now? Can the ex-owner be contacted now?

The original amulets that were made by famous monks are worth thousands of dollars USD. The chance that you bought one for $100 - is zero.

Now, that said, there are occasionally amulets sold by temples that are old or special for some reason. We do our best to find great amulets that are not generally available to others. We ask the monks if they have anything behind the case that is rare or that they don't have for sale that they would sell. We don't get thousand dollar amulets for $100, but we do get some amulets that are not on the market at all - and put them on the market for you to buy.

We don't get involved in expensive amulets because to us - we couldn't possibly know what is authentic and what isn't. I think the most expensive item we sell is a blue crystal Buddha we found at a temple not too far from here. We'll sell it for around $300 USD. Anything more expensive than that - we don't get involved with.

We have so many people that write us and ask us to look at an online photo of the amulet they have... and ask how much it might be worth.

If you don't know... the worth of the amulet is probably no more than $100. That much money is a lot to a Thai person. It is nearly half the wages for 1 month of work. That's a lot! Thais know where their expensive amulets come from. If they didn't tell you when you bought it - then it likely isn't worth much at all.

If you are considering buying an amulet over $1,000 USD - why not fly to Thailand and buy it yourself at the temple. You'll be sure to have an authentic piece without trickery. It's just a better practice than buying it online at say, Ebay or somewhere else that fake amulets are sold at a ration of 99.9999 to 1 real.

Best of luck to you!

Metta,

JB

Monday, May 7, 2012

New Waterproof Thai Buddha Amulets for Sale

We just updated our waterproof Buddha amulets page with some new amulets. Go to ThaiAmuletSales.com and click on the image link for the Waterproof Buddhas. We added some multi-colored, red, blue, green Buddhas with plastic waterproof cases. These are all under $30 USD and we offer free shipping and handling to anywhere in the world - we do not ship to certain countries, please read the FAQ.

Below are some images of our new amulets - If you like one - come by and get it with Paypal.





All of these Buddha amulets are close to or under 2 inches long (5cm) and about 1 inch (2.5cm) wide.

We only have a limited number of these - the temple didn't have many. We bought all they had! If you like one - visit ThaiAmuletSales.com and purchase one. If you want more than one - write us to find out about a discount (ThaiAmuletSalesCom - at - gmail - com)

Monday, April 30, 2012

New Kwan Yin Amulets from Thailand

We have been so busy with other things that we are not giving our Thai amulets as much attention as we should be. A couple of months back we bought some lovely new Kwan Yin amulets. Kwan Yin is the Goddess of Compassion, and a favorite amulet of Thai people - especially Chinese Thai and Chinese Malay visitors that come from Malaysia to see Thailand's temples and buy these highly sought-after amulets.

Below are a number of Kwan Yin pendants for necklaces that you can buy if you send us the item number and how many you would like. Send your email to: thaiamuletsalescom ([at}] g m a i l (dot) com.



Kwan Yin being represented as Ganesh - this is a popular amulet, and I think rarely seen outside of southeast Asia. We have a number of these, and sometimes they are under Ganesh, sometimes under the Kwanyin Categories at our site. (ThaiAmuletSales.com). Item #991
 


This is our favorite Kwan Yin amulet, she is standing in her typical white robe and riding on the back of a golden dragon. This amulet is exceptionally well done - the case is lovely, and we hope the temple has more of these when we return - we'll get another 10 if they have them. Currently we have just 2 left. Item #992

 Thousand Arm Kwan Yin in white pearl shell like finish. This is an exceptional amulet, with a minimal gold case - we love this style. Item #997.

This one is a tri-color thousand arm Kwanyin amulet with a unique shape. The shape is of an unblossomed lotus flower - a common shape used in Buddhist amulets and jewelry, but the shape of this case is rather unique. I think we have 2 of these left. Item #998.


We have a few more at: http://www.thaiamuletsales.com/ANNELI-AMULETS/ for you to see. These Kwan Yin amulets are not found at our Thai amulet store (yet) - we will probably get them up there in the next few weeks. If you like one of these or one of the amulets found at the page mentioned above, write us quickly so we can fill the order before we go live at our Thai amulets store with them.



Thursday, March 15, 2012

Renowned Thailand Buddhist Temple - Wat Mahathat

These are a few photos I snapped today while walking around some temples in Nakhon si Thammarat. There are exceptional chedis, Buddhas, and Jatukam statues of all sorts at this temple. If you ever get the chance, it is the premiere Buddhist temple in the south of Thailand. Don't miss it. Enjoy the photos!

 A smaller Chedi at Wat Mahathat.

This is the main chedi at Wat Mahathat in Nakhon. This is the one that features prominently on many Thai amulets made at and for this Buddhist temple. This chedi is visible for miles as it is the highest structure around. The temple is open during daylight hours and has many nice places to photograph. I didn't have that much time today, but I've taken so many hundreds of photos at this temple. One of my favorites - for sure!

Jatukam - with the Chedi from Wat Mahathat in the background. There are so many picturesque places at this Buddhist temple in Southern Thailand!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thailand's Wan Phra (Holy Day)





Many Buddhists (but not all) practice a holy day called Wan Phra. This is a day known as the day of the monks, or holy day. 


The reason for this day is that it corresponds to the moon's schedule - this is a new moon, when the moon is absolutely black to those of us observing on earth. Monks sometimes will shave their heads on this day. Some shave regularly on this day. 


One of the nice parts about this holy day is that the monks don't have to go on alms walks on Wan Phra. The public - the Buddhists in the are that support that temple, visit the temple instead to give  food and drink, snacks, and other needed supplies to the monks.


The temple still sells Thai amulets during this time - and you can either buy them directly at the temple, or through us at our Thai Amulet Sales site -  ThaiAmuletSales.com or our new Buddha Amulet site - AllBuddhas.com. 



Sunday, October 9, 2011

New Thai Amulets for Christmas - For Buddhists on Your Wishlist

New Thai Amulets coming for Christmas. Here now - but, selling for Christmas is what we mean!

Today we picked up about 60 amulets from one of our favorite Buddhist temples in Thailand and we'll have them up on ThaiAmuletSales.com shortly - and some of them will also make it over to AllBuddhas.com as well.

The prices for these amulets are not as high as what they maybe should be. We priced them right for gifts at Christmas time. Hopefully we'll sell all of them and have to go find some more.

If you are looking for a Gold, White, or Solid Silver Buddha amulet - do let us know! Check out our sites in a couple days.

Metta & Peace...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Way to View Thai Buddha Amulets Here

Google just created another 7 ways to view this blog - and they're all pretty cool. Here is the one we think is the best for now - until they iron everything out:

Thai Buddha Amulets New Style ->

Sunday, August 21, 2011

New Thai Amulets for Sale

We have recently returned from a trip to one of our favorite Buddhist temples in Thailand's south and, as usual, we purchased far too many new Thai amulets

We will post a couple of photos in the next few days. Specifically we found some waterproof amulets - Luang Phor Tuad, Thailand's most famous Buddhist monk; some gold cased Nong Kwak amulets. Nong Kwak is the Chinese figure associated most with success in business and all things money related. If you go into a Chinese store, wherever you are in the world there is a good chance you'll see a Nong Kwak statue there. She is a woman and her one hand is raised, as if saying bye - in English symbols, but, in reality she is calling money in to the establishment. "Money coming in" is the saying that goes along with Thai Nong Kwak's gesture.

Some other Thai amulets we found were Ganesh, Lersi, Buddha (of course), and some wonderfully colored Buddhist necklaces for the amulets. We bought about 90 necklaces because we run short every month.

We did purchase some more blessed Buddhist bracelets at the temple, and these are the usual colors of the bracelets - nothing fancy except some light blue and white ones that we don't see very often.

There were many Thai people at the temple today, and hundreds of them were buying Thai amulets from the market area on the temple grounds.

If you want to find Thai amulets for yourself or your loved ones, please visit:

Thai Amulet Sales (.com) 

We have over 400 amulets for you to choose from - including Buddhas, Kwan Yin, Ganesh, Lersi, Luang Phor Tuad and Jumnien, Luang Phor Klai... Good luck amulets, Kuman Tong black magic amulets and more. 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Bangkok Amulets

Most of the buying of amulets for foreigners takes place in Bangkok. There are more temples there and more markets, and most visitors spend at least a couple of days in Bangkok because they fly into the Bangkok airport and fly back out there as well.

If you are going to buy a Thai amulet in Bangkok - what should you know?

You should know that there are real amulets and fake amulets. You should know that monks don't sell amulets to foreigners, so if you see one doing so - he is likely not really a monk, or, is a bad monk.

You should know that the only place in Thailand where can be sure that the amulet you're buying has been blessed - is at a Buddhist temple. Most amulets bought in Thailand are not blessed, and are worthless to Thais and other Buddhists because of just this fact.

You should know that there are as many fake amulets sold as there are real ones. This is just a guess, obviously, but amulet making and faking is a very large enterprise and millions of Thai baht can be made from manufacturing and selling amulets that are not genuine - and made from cheap materials en masse by day laborers.

Thai amulets come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Few of the gold cased or silver cased amulets are waterproof - and this is important to some amulet buyers. If you want waterproof - you should buy either a metal amulet with ring that you can place directly on a necklace, or buy one wrapped in plastic that is 100% waterproof.

Amulets made at the temple can look just like fake amulets sold on the streets. There is no way for you to know which is the genuine article. Scams in Bangkok occur daily, and in many venues. If you are going to buy an amulet over 1,000 THB (about $30) - please don't risk it - and buy directly from a Buddhist temple.

Subjects of amulets can be a multitude of gods, goddesses, monks, animals, and past Kings and Royal Family Members. There are mythical as well as factual people from the past represented in amulets.

Solid gold Thai amulets don't really exist except in rare cases. Solid silver amulets are found much more frequently, but are also rather rare. If you buy a metal amulet it is likely brass, copper, bronze, tin, pewter, iron, or stainless steel.

Metal Thai amulet cases are very nearly always plated gold, silver, or stainless steel. A solid gold case starts at $100 USD and higher (3,300 THB).

If you have questions about Thai amulets before you buy - we might be able to help. Write us at thaiamuletsalescom@gmail.com and see if we can help. If not -we'll tell you, not try to sell you something at our online store - www.ThaiAmuletSales.com or AllBuddhas.com.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Here is a nice little Thai Buddha amulet that is made from stainless steel, and is very affordable. We have it for sale at our ThaiAmuletSales.com site under the "New Buddhas" link. These amulets were poured on-site at the temple and it is a new Thai amulet the temple has not fashioned before.

We saw bowls full of them disappearing, so we bought a few of them to sell here and at ThaiAmuletSales.com.


The reverse side is simple, but that makes this amulet from Thailand even better - 



These are typical symbols found on Buddhist amulets from Thailand. Not all amulets have them, but, they are usually on the ones we sell from the temple in the south named Wat Tum Sua. The spiral symbolizes Buddha, knowledge, the great accomplishment of nirvana... the marks around it are from Pali language (which is what Thai language is based on partially).

If you are a Buddhist person, finding genuine amulets - real amulets from Thailand, might appear impossible to you. Have a look at our amulets at our main site and see if you find something that might fit you.

We get all of our amulets from Buddhist temples around Thailand. We are 100% sure they are blessed and authentic. This is more than most people know about the amulets they buy or sell.

Metta and good karma to you and your family...

:)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Out of the Ordinary Thai Buddhist Amulets - Photos

Here are some rather rare and even odd Buddhist amulets we have from Thailand. Thailand has such a variety of amulets because their religious base is really coming from 3 different sources... Theravada Buddhism, Hinduism, and Animism. There are also various black magic - dark magic type beliefs that creep into many Thais belief system.

Anyway, here are some of the more interesting amulets we have for sale, and have had for sale. If you like any of these and would like to buy one of them have a look at our main site: ThaiAmuletSales (.com) and order there.

An odd looking Buddha in waterproof case. We actually like this one!

Ganesha!

Lersi - but he looks like a demon, not the
usual Lersi ascetic monk we know and love!

Jatukam Ramathip

Another Jatukam Ramathip

Lersi head in waterproof plastic case

Colorful Lersi head in waterproof amulet case

A Som Dej Buddha as a subset of a large oval amulet.

This one is going to sell out soon - everyone loves the emerald Buddhas!

Luang Phor Kun in a turtle shell amulet case

Amazing lotus shaped Buddha amulet - we love this one too.

We have sold all but 2 of these silver Buddhas already

This is a popular shield shape - and this Buddha also is nearly sold out.

Very odd shaped Buddha amulet - but we like it.

Ok, time to change our camera - this camera is junk compared to our last Sony.
This Tiger amulet is really quite nice, not cheap looking like this makes it appear. Sigh...

Not quite sure WHAT this is... it's a Thai amulet though, that much is sure.

Strange shaped Buddha

Cool shaped Buddha

The face on this Buddha is a little odd.
Not sure if maybe this style came from another country
- possibly Gambusha (Cambodia) or Myanmar (Burma).


Some Thai Amulets from Thailand

Gallery of Thai amulets taken from ThaiAmuletSales.com!

Thai Amulets from Thailand

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Thai Buddha Amulets - Photos

Here we list a lot of our Thai Buddha amulets so you can see what sort of Buddhas we typically have for sale at our main site. If you are interested in one or more of these lovely Thai amulets - send us email at: thaiamuletsalescom@gmail.com or visit ThaiAmuletSales (.com) to see them on the ordering pages. Enjoy...











Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thai Amulets - Frauds, Fakes, and Overpricing

We had a look at eBay 2 nights ago, and now we're sorry we did. Ebay has become "amulet fraud central" from what we saw in just a short amount of time. Apparently someone can have more than 15,000 good feedbacks and be selling "pure gold" Buddha, Shiva, Kwan Yin, Ganesh, and other Thai amulets - for just $150 at a time.

First of all, the price of gold is so high ($1,600 per ounce) that the size of "pure gold" amulets this one seller is selling means he is losing his pants selling the amulets so cheap. Obviously the amulets are NOT pure gold. In fact, he is selling about 80% of the same amulets that we sell at our ThaiAmuletSales.com online shop. We never claim they are pure gold - that would be lunacy. The amulets are gold plated in some cases, painted gold in others. The cases we have are nearly all gold-plated, because pure gold cases are very soft and quickly turn bad with dings and scratches.

So, this was one find at eBay. Here's another...

Amulets that we sell for under $100 are being sold on eBay for $150 even up to $400 USD! Wild claims are made to justify the price, and buyers are paying these prices in some cases. Ebay allows anyone to see how many of an item have sold if there were multiple items available. In one case, an amulet that we sell for $29.95 sold 5 times for $99.95 plus shipping costs. No free necklace. No free gifts like we always give either...

Then we looked at the high-priced market... amulets over $1,000 USD. There are hundreds upon hundreds for sale from between $1,000 to $30,000 USD. Nearly all of these amulets are made of clay - and very easily faked. How hard do you think it would be to fake an amulet that was made a century ago? What about 8 centuries ago? Find the right materials and mold yourself an amulet - and say it is hundreds of years old and sell it for $18,000 USD on eBay.

It's really quite scary, because the market wouldn't be so big on EBay unless people were paying those ridiculous prices for junk.

Out of the 20 some ads we looked at on eBay for amulets, I'm guessing that 18 of them were absolutely false, misleading, and the amulets were not worth even a fraction of what was asked. There are many mislabeled Thai amulets - calling a bronze Ganesh in a gold plated case for instance - an "Emerald Buddha Amulet".

Come on, where are the validity checks at eBay. The entire site is just full of junk sellers looking to swindle Thai amulet buyers. It must be the same in many markets there - gems, pendants, gold things, anything of value really.

If you are considering buying amulets at eBay - please don't. Save your money and take a trip to Thailand and buy directly from the Buddhist temples - like we do, so you are 100% sure you are not being scammed.

Thais scam Thais and foreigners. Foreigners from New Jersey are selling what they call "authentic Thai amulets" and they have the names wrong on most of the amulets - they can't tell a Buddha from a Shiva from a Ganesh from a Luang Phor Tuad or Klai. It's scandalous. I hope you don't choose to buy anything from eBay in the Thai amulet market. It's too fraught with risk.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Revised ThaiAmuletSales.com, AllBuddhas.com, and Our Blog


We have revised a few of our sites, and are in the middle of considering more changes for ThaiAmuletSales.com. How to present our Thai amulets in a way so customers can see everything with the least amount of effort? Put images all over the home page I think... so that's what we did.

You can see an image representing each Thai amulet category on the homepage of ThaiAmuletSales.com.

We changed the theme at ThaiAmuletSales.com/blog/ and we revised prices at AllBuddhas.com - dropping hundreds of dollars off most of the amulets. Are they worth $500 and $900? Absolutely... unfortunately we don't have the time needed to sell them for what they are worth and we'll probably lose in the sale of these lovely white jade and petrified wood Somdej Buddha amulets.