Mogok MinesHogok Mines
I was also very interested in a very delicate 52-karat stellar sago cabochon, which had a very nice sky-blue colour, and a splendid asterisk. And I said to Hemchand that the buying of such nice and costly materials was not in my power. If he was interested, I proposed that he contact my sponsors and either come himself or someone who would be more acquainted with the prizes and the precious stones.
The only thing I was interested in was the 52-karat stellar sac. Enjoying looking at precious stones, I was thrilled to find something that would suit one of my favourite museum. I' ve always strived to buy such gemstones without any gain. Gemstones were only traded for solid currencies such as the dollar, British pound or CHF.
Dealers were obliged to keep precise notes of all export and all funds from the sale of gemstones, so that the act that requires the conversion by the Indian government only could be upheld. Then I telegraphed U Khin Maung to see me in Momeik next Friday, said goodbye to my Bombay operatives, picked up the 32-karat oval stellar sac and drove to Rangoon the next day.
When the airplane flew over the landscape of India, I thought of Mogok, especially Prince, the little crossbreed that I had taken up during my last journey on one of the roads of Mogok. Since Buddhism prohibits the taking of lives, as many animals as humans live in the city of Mogok.
Surprisingly, when I got to Rangoon, U Khin Maung smiled very attractive and showed his big whitened teeths. "He asked, do you recall the tale of the marvelous 220-karat diamond I was telling you about before you left?". She took a small case of the saccharine from her bag and gave it to her sibling.
It was a disappointment. I accidentally substituted the saw in its case and said: "I will look at it again when I come back from Mogok. Other cases included polished perids, spinel of various colours and size, small Sapphire and Ruby, Garnet, Amethyst and various other more common semi-precious gems. On the next morning U Khin Maung and I took the airplane to Mogok and he took me to his home.
It was U Khin Maung right behind me, smiling and smiling. Thought it would take all nutritious to keep it filled, so I said, "No, that's all right, U Khin Maung. At last I listened to U Khin Maung. Then U Khin MaUng was on the seat, leaning over, pulling, but it was not possible to move me like that, without forewarning, he was behind me.
Under Khin Maung was brief and sturdy. It must have taken us at least 20 min. when we listened to the younger brethren of U Khin Maung. Then, with the help of some rope, they managed to get me and then U Khin Maung out.
The next mornings my nice bath was taken down and I had to take a bath under the pump again. On the next I showed my numb ice-sized stellar sac (mentioned in Section Two) to various specialists and asked them how to slice it. They were just over 32 ct. Only one saw could saw and it should be sawn to produce a 12 carat and 17 or 18 carat rock, according to the amount lost after the saw.
This small one would be of much better side and would give a very delicate gemstone. It was an older man who sawed virtually all of the sapphire and ruby for the mine owner and cutter. Everything he had ever sawn was made of coarse materials in which one or two carats played more or less no role.
Fearing to stand and see, I went out and began to talk to U Khin Maung. "U "U Khin Maung reassured me that he was a good sawyer. While I was lighting a smoke and waiting, I had only taken three or four breaths when the old man came out with a smile and had a very nice astrological sack in each one.
This was the most attractive 12 carat stellar sac I have ever seen, and the other was also a very delicate one. So I was very pleased with my replacement at this point and was pleased with the two jewels, especially the 12-karat one, which in my opinion was the most attractive stellar sac that existed at that time.
First was the acquisition of a very important raw saphire, which was in the possession of U Law Si, a mine proprietor, from whom I bought many very important gems afterwards. At this first encounter, after the usual cup of afternoon teas and coffees, he eventually got up from his spot, walked into a room next to it and put out a very large chunk of coarse sawdust.
This was not a gem, but one of those that seemed like it could carve into some very delicate stellar Sapphire. And after a long thicket, I eventually got this 2800-karat raw. I and U Khin Maung immediately went because I was very nervous and curious to find what I had got.
It was just simple combochons. But it wasn't a total waste, because good cabochons also have a lot of value, of course dependent on the grade. Every time I visited Mogok, I was never the only buyer of gemstones in the city. It was no mystery that I had bought this large chunk of saphire and that I was horribly frustrated because it did not have the expected stellar qualities.
You also knew the cost I had been paying, and the same mornings I was greeted by an indian tradesman who asked me if I wanted to buy this raw material because he could use it to make an order for a cabochón. But I was happy to get so much of it, because in those days cabinaphires didn't look very auspicious for the US mare.
Next morning U Khin Maung and I went back to my old China boyfriend. As you know all about it, you might find another little gem in your closet that makes really good astrological gems, because I really need very good astrological gems for the States.
After a few moments he came back with another small slice of the same colour and a little smaller and said: "I promise - and I didn't promise the other, but this one I promise - that it will make very delicate stellar saphire. Then he put a small droplet of olive on the top of the capphire and took a small amount of it.
There was a nice hexagonal asterisk. And he said to me: This is exactly how the stars in these rocks will be. It' gonna make a really nice stellar one. "We took it to the editor and we began to cut the combochon and a few hour later I was holding a 20 carat stellar sac in my hands; a very nice deep bluish colour and a very nice, crisp one.
When the cut was done, I had so many starstones that we were able to make a win later despite the initial los. By U Khin Maung I let it be known that I would look at the goods from seven o'clock in the mornings until around lunch.
If we didn't have an appointment to see traders or landowners in the afternoon, we would go to one of the 1200 mines in the Mogok area where gemstones are found in the gemstone. Most of the mines around Mogok have plenty of abundant waters. With the other one all the gemstones are selected, which are then placed in a box made of shiny red wood, while the other pebbles are removed from the game.
There are still small chunks of ruby, sapphire and other precious stones in the materials that are being removed from the tables, which the mine owners do not think it makes sense to use. When they had bought one or two clusters for a very small amount, these ladies were combing them all for leftover gemstones.
Kathe and Kyat Pin, the first six and last eight mile from Mogok, are home to many privately held mines that employ five to fifty people. Roubins and associated mineral such as spinel are produced in a matrices of grainy whitish, tolermatic lime. This rock was modified by exposure to melted intrinsic matter, which crystallises the silicon carbons as mere calsid, while the contaminants became jewels, spinel and other minerals .
Ruby is rarely found in this array. The Mogok gemstone area's origins were not described anywhere, as there have been no research. One can say for sure that the gemstones of the Mogok area are of metamorphous origins. These gemstones are found on the ground's upper part.
The result was loosely disintergraced soils in which the precious stone materials such as stones, saphire and spinel, which are not damaged by the effects of the weather and other atmospherical factors, were imbedded and kept in perfect state. The desinter gradion was rinsed away from the sea and the gemstones were also rinsed away. Ruby occurs in three important areas in Oberburma.
However, our primary gemstone resource is high crystalline lime. There is a great diversity of mineral resources found in these mines. Statistical data on how much these mines supply each year in dollar and cent is usually kept confidential. U Nyunt Maung, a funny Myanmar man and holder of the biggest mine in Mogok, however, tells me that about 75,000 carat of ruby and sapphire are extracted in the area every year.
What is extraordinary is the fact that only 1% of the spinel comes from his own mine. Not all of these stones and stones are of precious stone grade. It is a good estimate that less than 5% of the 75,000 carat is of good enough qualitiy and only half of 1% of it.
Danburites found there range from colourless to deep brown with a weight of up to 40 ct. Skapolite cat's eye is available in different colours up to 50 carat in different colours (white, rose and blue). Albitic cat's eye up to 50 carat are also available in overflow. At Sakhangy, 15 mile from Mogok, there are several degraded peegmatites containing topaz, ordoclase and other types of Felspar andtourmalin.
Several of the other mines, especially those in Kyat Pin, have grain rupins, spheres, diopsids, ioliths, chrysoberyle and cz-zicon. Science began and several surveyors were sent to explore the Mogok area. With the building of a hydroelectric station, energy was transported to Mogok. The digging began and several million dollars of ruby, sapphire, spinel and other precious stones were extracted.
The agreement covered all mines within 10 nautical mile of Mogok. By 1906, the firm expanded its operations to other areas and purchased the entire site on the outskirts of Mogok and moved again to new locations. Nowadays, the pristine Mogok area is the site of a nice pond in the centre of the towns.
This year a 42-karat, delicate ruby of dovecote was found. The ruby was 22 carat after being cut. At the same level on the other side of the house was a merchant named Albert Ramsay, a jewel merchant who came to Mogok at the beginning of the First World War.
It was his vigilant and innovative spirit that finally made him the saviour of the mine business in Mogok. Over the past few years, only the clear jewels, saphire and spinel have been sawn. Mr. Ramsay began to experiment with the transparent types of Ruby and Sapphire and found that by slicing certain stones with the basis vertical to the crystalline line a stone was created.
When he discovered the stellar, Mr. Ramsay began to buy all the materials he could get and dismantled them into beautiful stellar cabinets. However, he eventually managed to do so and the mine was resurrected in Mogok. Prior to his departure, he purchased the biggest raw stone diamond for which he spent $30,000.
In its history, 32 bricks were milled from it, one of which was purchased for the entire amount of the initial raw one. The settlement of mines began in 1950. In the daytime it supplies all mines in the area with power. Mogok was attacked by the Japans on 7 May 1942 and all formal coal mines ceased.
However, the quarrying went on in secret and under the vigilant eye of the Japans many beautiful gemstones were found during the years of the Wars.