The second box was opened by customs, but not really inspected - inside was a collection of the hills tribes embroidery I'd bought in the markets, packed inside a plastic bag which in turn was upside-down in another plastic bag, and I'd used a third smaller bag tied to its handles to make an easy-carry handle (this is a very heavy package, and it was a long walk to the Chiang Rai PO).
The last box was dirty laundry. It gave me a chuckle, knowing the customs folks did open it and inspect it. Worn sweaty T-shirts, mostly.
Photos coming soon.
I was surprised to receive these because they only took a month to get here. The Thai PO people said 2-3 months.
Also in today's mail was a small electronic scale which measures in .01 gram increments. Now I can weigh my sapphires, and put them in separate jewel containers (which I received last week). A carat is 0.2 grams, so this scale is accurate to 1/20th of a carat, which is better than I need. Still en route for that project are display trays for the containers to sit in, then I need to get a safe box to put them in. Also, a nice lady gem doctor in Las Vegas has graciously offered to take a look at one of my sapphires to tell me how badly I got gypped. From clues she gave me, and form even more clues on her fabulous web site, it looks like they are real naturally-made sapphires, but they have probably been treated by a diffusion process to bring out the brilliant stars. She should be able to tell me how this affects their value. Anyhow, I sent her two to play with, and according to USPS delivery confirmation, she got those yesterday.