Posted by byHillTribe on July 2, 2012

Silver Price Triple Bottom: What does this mean to us, a small manufacturers using physical silver


Silver Price Triple Bottom :: The Market Oracle :: Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting Free Website.

Excerpt from

    There are 2 big differences between gold and silver which both suggest that silver has truly explosive upside potential from here. One is that silver has suffered a far more serious decline than gold over the past 2 years, with sentiment towards it becoming extraordinarily negative in the recent past, and the other that silver’s COT structure is now at record bullish levels, and far more bullish than that for gold. This is a situation where all it needed was some pivotal fundamental development – and last week we had it – to turn the tide in the other direction.

“Silver has truly explosive upside potential…” This is a common statement in the press lately and from a manufacturer’s point of view, we don’t truly appreciate it. Let’s face it, if you are a farmer and the price of your fertilizer is determined by what the stock market says it’s worth, then you’d likely have less desire an motivation to continue producing crops, right? Certainly you would if the price of that fertilizer goes up 10% this month and fall another 7% the next week then spike again another 15% the middle of the following month… Well, this is exactly how we feel dealing with silver, the US dollar, gas, oil and inflation in Thailand. Wow. There you have it– it’s hard to stay “inspired” and “motivated” when you know there are greedy bankers and traders pumping and manipulating the the stock market. This has happened for years and now “shit has hit the fan” and government has gotten involved with oversight, the public is more aware of what’s going on. Look at the Barclay Bank “interest rate” scandal for example. Why and how is it possible for big banks to get away with mass corruption? More oversight is needed. Yes, please! Watch these greedy people behind their terminals.

Being a small manufacturer of silver jewelry components in partnership with Phrabhat Huyathom Karen Hill Tribe Village, our company use the real physical metals (mainly silver and gold), we are effected by any immediate fluctuation of all the commodities, particular silver, gold, copper and the US Dollar. If price of silver spike or drop substantially, there a ripple in the pond and suddenly we find ourselves without any supply of physical gold or silver to manufacture our designs. Suppliers of silver granule often hold out on the sale for a day or two for the market to stabilize, this happens often when silver price drops quickly. And yes, it has happened all too often these last few years. Does this effect how our business operate, obviously it does. If the ingredient is not available, the cookies can’t be made…

You probably didn’t come here to hear us whining about things we have no control over. In summary, we certainly want to voice our opinion about what’s been going on lately in the markets, Europe, Americas and Asia. Corruption in politics is rife but not any more so than in business– so we’ve found out in recent years. We can’t stop it all but certainly there are ways to tame it. For the immediate solution, we’re vouching for more government oversight however this is likely headed for Doom as governments are subject of ridicule for bending over backwards for businessmen and companies with deep pockets. There’s just no end. Or is there?

What to do, what to do. LOL. We keep positive and keep motivating ourselves by just looking around the issue. Let the corrupt deal with the corrupt. We shall continue our work and trust God will provide the rest. Greed has hold on us all but there’s no point in having more power or money if there’s no satisfaction in anything we’ve done…

The Gold Price and Silver Price Down but Primary Trend is Still


Gold Price Close Today : 1549.70. Change : -27.90 or -1.77% Silver Price Close Today : 2624.70. Change : -69.5 or -2.58% Gold Silver Ratio Today : 59.043. Change : 0.488 or 0.83% Silver Gold Ratio Today : 0.01694

Silver Price Triple Bottom :: The Market Oracle :: Financial Markets

We are not going to do a "post mortem" here regarding what happened last week, other than to say that silver was on the point of breaking to new lows on Thursday, and would have done had little or nothing been achieved at

Gold Price Triple Bottom :: The Market Oracle :: Financial Markets

The core problem of the European Union, that has led to the major crisis that it now faces is that it is, or has been up to now structurally dysfunctional. When the European Union was created the levels of integration and

Posted by byHillTribe on July 2, 2012

The Real Price of Gold: Story of an oppressed miner


The Real Price of Gold — National Geographic Magazine.

Excerpt from National Geogrpahic

    Like many of his Inca ancestors, Juan Apaza is possessed by gold. Descending into an icy tunnel 17,000 feet up in the Peruvian Andes, the 44-year-old miner stuffs a wad of coca leaves into his mouth to brace himself for the inevitable hunger and fatigue. For 30 days each month Apaza toils, without pay, deep inside this mine dug down under a glacier above the world’s highest town, La Rinconada. For 30 days he faces the dangers that have killed many of his fellow miners—explosives, toxic gases, tunnel collapses—to extract the gold that the world demands. Apaza does all this, without pay, so that he can make it to today, the 31st day, when he and his fellow miners are given a single shift, four hours or maybe a little more, to haul out and keep as much rock as their weary shoulders can bear. Under the ancient lottery system that still prevails in the high Andes, known as the cachorreo, this is what passes for a paycheck: a sack of rocks that may contain a small fortune in gold or, far more often, very little at all.

    Apaza is still waiting for a stroke of luck. “Maybe today will be the big one,” he says, flashing a smile that reveals a single gold tooth. To improve his odds, the miner has already made his “payment to the Earth”: a bottle of pisco, the local liquor, placed near the mouth of the mine; a few coca leaves slipped under a rock; and, several months back, a rooster sacrificed by a shaman on the sacred mountaintop. Now, heading into the tunnel, he mumbles a prayer in his native Quechua language to the deity who rules the mountain and all the gold within.

The history of gold mining has been well-documented for thousands of years. And with the demand for this most precious of metals going nearly as far back as human history, miners have ventured to just about every corner of the planet in their quest to find it. Yet unlike the miners of yore that were commanded by kings, today’s miners are commanded by profits. With price of gold so high, the Human greed is easily manipulated. The poor always dream big, tend to gamble with their hard earned savings and often submit themselves to “freelance oppression.”

Two reasons to dislike Gold:

  • Gold is the currency of drug and weapons traffickers and Dubai is the favorite hub in the global bullion trade.
  • To extract each ounce of gold, it takes two or three ounces of mercury, which fouls waterways after being poured into rivers from the mining sites.

More news and good articles with the links below.

Gold-Mining Margins 2 – Gold Speculator

But the biggest variable of all for the gold miners is price volatility. Unlike most other businesses that have some degree of control over how they price their products, sans hedging gold miners are slave to the daily futures

Top 10 Anunnaki Kings – Rothschild Gold Price Fixers | Morning


The Adamus who left Eden became gold mining slaves and their worldwide deployment may explain the many holes in evolutionary and anthropological theories of the day. It may also explain phenomena such as the Nazca

Murders, child slavery, and deforestation rampant in Amazonia as


With international market prices for metals high, informal “wildcat” mining has been on the rise in recent years in countries like Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, itself one of the largest producers of silver, copper and gold. Mining

Posted by byHillTribe on May 31, 2012

Pricing Structures : Hill Tribe Silver


Pricing Structures : Hill Tribe Silver, by one creative Thai Karen village.

We want to supply our hill tribe silver products at the lowest price possible while maintaining quality and profitability. Our artisans work very hard to provide us with all of these creative Karen silver designs. Some items are supplied to us from our affiliate showrooms and some are our very own byHillTribe designs supplied to us directly from Phrabhat Huaythom Karen Village through the Karen silversmiths that work directly with us. We take this into account when pricing our products. All designs we commission our Karen silversmiths to do for us, we pay a labor cost of minimum 2000 Baht per Kilogram (approximately $70 USD) for their diligent work. Believe us– that’s a lot more than even the registered “Fair Trade” companies pay!

We often get emails from our regular customers about our competitors offering bigger discounts and free shipping. Yes, we agree the big discounts does sound very good! But please realize that anyone can offer a 60% discount if their market is already 300%. Of all the hill tribe silver suppliers online today, we feel that we are the most transparent about our pricing structure. Here below you will see exactly how much our silver price is calculate at Retail and Discounted Price. More importantly, on every product page you will also see what each silver bead or charm weigh. We don’t leave out any information so that you may do your own calculations and compare with other sites. If you don’t know the weight of the product, you’re loosing out on a better deal! Please ask if you think we can offer you a better price for our products. It is our mission to serve both our customers and our hill tribe silversmiths with honesty and loyalty.

handmade silver earring spiraling sun rays

It truly isn’t fair to our hill tribe silversmiths to markup Retail price so high and boast big discounts. Customers will eventually think hill tribe silver is too expensive– it shouldn’t be that way! Everyone in the jewelry business should know what market value of silver, gold, platinum or even copper costs. When making a purchase, especially as a business, you should always consider these factors. For silver, we will tell these are the factors in pricing our hill tribe silver products.

    1. Stock market price
    2. Tax on silver granules as imported into Thailand.
    3. Cost of silver granules plus VAT on purchasing silver granules to be manufactured.
    4. Labor cost and manufacturing cost.
    5. Finished product markup of 40% up to 60% for Retail.

With such a low markup, we can’t offer free shipping and we can’t offer big discounts like many other site. Our initial cost is so much lower than theirs already. What we can do better is work more closely with you, our valued customers. If you need a better price, all you have to do is ask! If we can do it– we will.

God bless and please stay in touch!

Posted by byHillTribe on May 27, 2012

Custom Jewelry Designs Jewelry Casting Manufacturer, Thailand


Custom Silver Jewelry Designs Manufacturer, Thailand.

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There are so many talented jewelry designers and creative jewelry artists around the world. I’ve seen so many sensational creative designs all over the internet; eBay, Etsy and personal jewelry sites. While so many of these jewelry design I find impressive but there seem to be a common error amongst the greatest of designer’s creation– NO BRANDING. If I had this special talent and spent so much time and effort creating this awesome piece of jewelry that would make any person look astonishing wearing it, the first thing that I want to do is make sure that piece of jewelry is tagged with my signature or Logo. It’s an art piece! It’s something I created and I want everyone in the world to know about. That’s every artist’s dream! That’s how all these big names we know all so well got so well known. Personally, I find the independent jewelry artist come up with much more fascinating designs than the biggest name in jewelry– Tiffany and Co.

Yes, I know. That’s Tiffany and Co. I’m referring to and they are the best of the best. Come on! You’re paying 30% more for their product just because it’s their brand! You know it’s the truth. I take up the challenge from anyone to prove me wrong. There are thousands of independent jewelry designers around the globe with so much more talent and create so much beautiful pieces than what I’ve found at the big store. Maybe it’s just my taste and mentality to support the artist and not the big companies but this is truth.

I don’t to say Tiffany and Co. makes junk because that’s not true. They make great jewelry! The fact of the matter is you’re not just paying for content– you’re also paying for the brand. It’s the same in virtually anything sold in the world today. BRANDing increases value of any product and it makes the consumer more comfortable in what they are buying.

I don’t believe in overcharging anyone and I don’t believe that a manufacturer should take advantage of the consumer just because they can. If truth set you free then fairness must give you honor and honor will give you loyalty. Imagine that! Loyal customers you will adore for years and years.

There are many jewelry casting companies around the world that do a wonderful job so the question is what are you looking for? Can you afford their minimum requirements or are you struggling with your jewelry business and can’t afford to pay out a thousand dollars just to make silver jewelry logos for your design? This sounds familiar. Well, there’s really nothing for free in this world but if you are struggling to make ends meet with your product– I feel you. I am too! But I’m still sticking to my guns about product branding. It’s just too important to overlook.

If you are a designer or a company you need this– a Company Logo on your door is required just as you need a Logo on your piece of jewelry. Whoever is wearing your creation will be receiving compliments from his or her friends about that piece of art you created. What will she have to say about a piece of jewelry if she forgot where she bought it or who made it for her? Enough said about Branding and Logos. I know you already this stuff and certainly you get my point.

So you don’t have a huge budget for jewelry logos like Tiffany and Co. Then what and where can you have quality jewelry logos done for cheap? My two recommendations are CK Jewelry in Chiang Mai or if you are overseas, contact the team at

Click title link above to read more about about their custom jewelry casting services. Thanks for reading!

Posted by byHillTribe on May 14, 2012

Casting silver daisy flower pendant logo, Part 2


We’re making headway with this logo and want to make sure we keep this blog updated for everyone interested. Our customer decided to change how her initials look on the daisy flower pendant. Here’s what we’ve revised the design to be.

Three letters on 3 different petals. We have yet to agree on the font and size of the flower so this will be the next step. Slow progress but this is crucial as making a master can be costly if the design is not right from the start. We leave it to our customers to decide on how the item should look and feel since we are quite confident the outcome will be good!

We’re looking forward to hearing back from her soon.