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Ploy Intha

Ploy Intha

Handcrafted sterling silver jewelry in Thailand

"I would like to thank my customers for all of their support. You have made it possible for me to work for myself successfully, doing what I love to do most!"

"My name is Ploy Intha. Although silversmithing is my passion, I have not always been a silversmith. When I was very... read more

"My name is Ploy Intha. Although silversmithing is my passion, I have not always been a silversmith. When I was very young, I worked for five years as a food seller with my sister. I would wake up at two o'clock in the morning and work until nine in the evening. It was a hard job that paid very little money, but I enjoyed working with my sister and providing nourishment for our regular customers. But one day my sister took another job. I could not manage working alone, on account of my leg. I have polio. I moved to northern Thailand about that time, and began looking for a job.

"I discovered that Northern Thailand is the birthplace of so many interesting handicrafts. I particularly loved the exceptional silver designs created in this region of Thailand.

"My enthusiasm for silver soon earned me a job in a silver shop. Unfortunately, because of my leg, I was not able to sit for extended periods of time, as the other silversmiths did.

"Although I loved that position as a silversmith, I finally had to leave that post because of my great physical discomfort. I worked for a time as a housekeeper after that, for wonderful employers who allowed me to go back to school on the weekends. In three years I graduated with a high school certificate. During that time, I continued to visit the old silver shop where I had worked. My passion for the trade would not diminish!

"Eventually, with great enthusiasm, I decided to return to the silversmith trade. Now, working for myself, I am able to set my own hours, so as not to tire to extremes. And this really makes me happy!

"I would like to thank my customers for all of your support. You have made it possible for me to work for myself successfully, doing what I love to do most!"

Intha describes the intricate process: "The silver alloy is molten in the forge and cast into little moulds for the balls and beaten with hammers for the thin sheets. It is also beaten and stretched into thin strings, and cut into small pieces. Some of these strings are shaped as the hooks whereas others are chained together and attached to the balls and sheets to form the wanted pattern. Once finished, the pieces are washed into a washing solution generally composed of tamarind. Then they are washed with water, dried and filed with a small brass brush and polished with a cloth."

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Patricia

From The Islands

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07/26/2021

"Love them!"

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Bought them years ago. Great craftsmanship. Love silver work. Thank you!

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  • Daily, anytime

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Cheryl

From Canada

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12/10/2020

"review"

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good size and design.

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Lanna Moonbeams, Sterling silver cuff bracelet

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Terri

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08/07/2020

"Pretty, but not substantial"

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Quality wasn t there for me

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Catch the King's Eye, Sterling Silver Chandelier Earrings

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Mary

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07/11/2020

"Absolute favorite go to piece of jewelry!"

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Beautiful work of art, I get compliments every time I wear this bracelet, has a nice weight to it, this bracelet looks beautiful with anything you wear!

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This bracelet has beautiful detail!

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  • Wear this bracelet with anything

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Lanna Moonbeams, Sterling silver cuff bracelet

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Danos

From Granada Hills, CA

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05/14/2020

"Girlfriend loved these!!"

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Beautifully made with quality and care. My girlfriend loved these. Even said they tinkled while wearing them. Her goto earrings when going to a restaurant or night club

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  • All types of uses from formal to casual

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Three Paths, Sterling Silver Chandelier Earrings

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Dorothy

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05/05/2020

"Three Paths sterling silver dangle earrings"

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Dainty and elegant. Beautiful workmanship. Would like longer hooks.

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Three Paths, Sterling Silver Chandelier Earrings

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