Nature Art Gallery
Nature Art Gallery is that unusual thing – a hippy-style shop that has become something of a brand. From the humble beginnings of one small shop in Haad Rin, Nature Art Gallery has managed to survive in a competitive market and moreover thrive. There are now two Nature Art Gallery shops in Haad Rin and two over the water at Chaweng in Koh Samui.
The reason for the success is clear. Good merchandising, appealing shop interiors and excellent customer service.
Form one look at the website of Nature Art Gallery (www.thailand-jewelry.com/) it is clear to see that it is not a small ex-pat shop looking to make ends meet. The website, while nothing fancy, has stunning pictures of a beautiful woman modelling the products for sale at Nature Art Gallery. It is astute advertising using the well-tried formula of getting models to add glamour and aspiration to the product.
Nature Art Gallery are experts in local stones, precious stones as well working in precious metals. They produce unique pieces of jewellery. Along with that they can explain the ‘power of the stones’. Yes, just like the hippy thing – stones give off energy. Or as the blurb says;
Crystals are chunks of pure energy that sparkle and call out to you. Their power can lift your spirits, heal your body, and naturally attract to and open chakras.
I am not sure if any of that makes sense, but it fits in with the underlying hippy ethos of Koh Phangan and ties in with the New Age / holistic movement on the island. Buying crystals not only makes you beautiful but also improves your chakra channels and brings inner strength.
On a more mundane note, the Art Gallery Shops are large and full of interesting things to look at. The pieces are nicely displayed and reasonably priced. And it is not just jewellery. They also do handbags.
Furthermore, the staff are friendly and keen to engage browsers in conversation. They will explain the merits of an item and happily find the right crystal for the customer’s spiritual needs.
Many visit Haad Rin with a budget which will include money for souvenirs and for little treats. Haad Rin is a fascinating little town made of alleys full of interesting shops. The place makes people want to browse. If you stay in Haad Rin for more than a few days then I am sure your chakras will lead you unconsciously into Nature Art Gallery and could well inspire you to make a purchase.
94/27 Moo 6 ,Haad Rin, Koh Phangan
Phone/Mobile: +66 (0) 77 375 274
133/25 Moo 6, Haad Rin, Koh Phangan