Vol.1

No.4

July - September 2002

Contents | A Letter to Our Reader | Once upon a time in Bago | Nine-Gems Ring | Khaung Cawi, to honour wives | Sea Gypsies | It's Good to Know | Cheroots | Traditional Chin House | Bandoola Boat | Events Calendar

Nine-Gems Ring

Nine gems, all found in Myanmar are worn as a symbol of glory by men. This is an ancient belief, as seen in the regalia of past monarchs. This ring, unfortunately with the stones stolen or lost, was found at the site of the old palace of Bago. The empty settings proves it was once the Nine Gem ring; and the size states that none but a king would have dared wear this. Did it belong to Bayint Naung himself? One never knows...

The nine gems must be set at auspicious times and days seleted by the astrologer. They are always set in the same order: the ruby in the middle, the diamond at top center, then, clockwise comes the pearl, the coral, the topaz, the sapphire, the moonstone, the zircon, and finallt the emerald.

The ruby is for glory; the diamond for gignity; the pearl for grace; the coral for power; the topaz for health; the sapphire for love ; the moonstone for perfection; the zircon for strength; and the emerald is for peace.

Contents | A Letter to Our Reader | Once upon a time in Bago | Nine-Gems Ring | Khaung Cawi, to honour wives | Sea Gypsies | It's Good to Know | Cheroots | Traditional Chin House | Bandoola Boat | Events Calendar

Vol.1

No.4

July - September 2002