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Gems from Myanmar
As far as Burma's gems are concerned, the first thing that comes to my attention are high-quality Ruby and Sapphire from Mogok in the Mandalay area. Indeed, because of its sparkling treasure of extraordinary cleanness and colour, this area was named "The Valley of Rubies", such as the famous "Pigeon Blood" dark blue-red ruby.
These valuable jewels have been extracted since the 6th cent. The area was dismantled for a brief period and became a UK settlement before becoming independent in 1948. Ninety percent of the world's jewels come from Myanmar. One of Burma's best-known jewels is an 8-carat ring shaped into a ring by Van Cleef & Arpels and given to Elizabeth Taylor in 1968 by Richard Burton, who said that he had been waiting for the most impeccable one.
From her third spouse, Mike Todd, Elizabeth Taylor received a Cartier Burmese ruby and diamonds set valued at over $5 million. One of the biggest facetted Ruby in the whole wide range. Besides the world-famous ruby, Myanmar has also made other interesting gemstones.
Mogok Stone Tract has manufactured Spinell, Avatite, Skapolite, Lunar Stone, zirconium, Granate, Iolite and Amethyste beads. The area also has chapis lazuli as well as pearidot mining. Myanmar has developed particularly delicate examples of spinell. Several of them have a bright reddish colour and high luminosity, which she has confused with first-class jewels in the past.
It' a 170-carat scarlet spinell inserted into the United Kingdom government crest. The 325th is another well-known Spinel. During the last 10-15 years, the province of Kachin, just south of the area where Jadeit is extracted, has developed into light scarlet spinell. The most precious gemstone extracted in Burma (now known as Myanmar) is the Emperor's Jadeit, which comes mainly from the Kachin province upstate.
The city has been mining Jadeit since Emperor China started importing huge amounts of it, as is noted in notes from the Prohibited City of Beijing. In Hpakant, there is still a reduction in jade, but supplies are declining and the price is rising strongly. One of Jadeit's relatives is the Jadeit -containing Jadeit - which is known as Maw-sit-sit-sit-sit.
Born in Burma relatively recently, Maw-sit-sit-sit-sit is lacking the story and knowledge of Ruby and Spinel. What's more, Maw-sit-sit-sit has a long tradition in Burma. It is an opac and tends towards a marbled look, with either black ish, brown or greenish spots or streaks. Because of its diverse structure, which mainly comprises cosmochlor, maw-sit-sit-sit is regarded as a crag.
Like Jadeite, the best qualitiy of maw-sit-sit-sit-sit-sit is emerging greenn. A further semiprecious stone in the Mogok area, Pyaung Gaung Mining. Precious pearidot gemstones from these quarries are regarded as the best in the whole wide range. Because of its idiochromic nature, which means that the colour comes more from the compound than from contaminants, it is only verdant.
High-quality pearidot gems can keep up with delicate emerald. ÿ Indeed, the Romans named it " evenings emerging " because of its bright luminescent colour, which can be seen even in low sun. Myanmar's precious stone has its place in the past, from antiquity to the present.
Among the gems of this country are mythical dying jewels, jadeite favoured by China's monarchs and intriguing new material like maw-sit-sit-sit. Contemporary Myanmar has taken a step towards a more open country and this will hopefully result in better working practices and more gem material from the lands of the Gold Floors and the Mandalay Mountains, formerly called Rattanapura, "City of Jewellery".