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Basics about .... Mythical jewels
Mythical Ruby has an almost mystic charm. There are two main reasons for the colour of Burma finely coloured ruby. As per "Ruby & Sapphire: Whilst other source jewels may also have the intense reddish fluorescent and "silk" similar to those from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), it is the special blend of "fine colour..... and faceted materials (i.e., inside clean)" that puts the top of Myanmar jewels.
Myanmar jewels are much younger than those from East Africa. In fact, this applies to all jewels that have been formed by the conflict between the subcontinent of India and the Asiatic one. Many of the most delicate jewels and sapphamines are found in such areas, according to Hughes' work. PANA occurred about 750 to 450 million years ago, creating precious stone occurrences in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and South India.
Meanwhile, the activities that led to the Himalaya area - the India submontory collided with the Asiatic mainland - "only" turning 45 to 5 million years old. As a result, rubies and sapphires emerged from Afghanistan and Tajikistan via Pakistan, North India, Nepal and Myanmar to China and Vietnam.
Although there is currently no simple way to aging the ruby, Hughes said if we could, it would offer a way to separate Himalaya ruby from those from East Africa and Sri Lanka. At the moment not many high-quality Ruby come from Burma. However, now, without the flood springs, extraction is more and more about the use of hardground rocks, which have lower yield and keep inactive.
And in a commentary posted just after the official lifting of the prohibition in October, Granny Gems also noted that even during the US prohibition Burma was still exporting Ruby to other nations, but "the offer still did not meet this (high) level of interest. Myanmar jewels can be likened to Mozambique jewels.
Whilst there are many large jewels from other springs, it was the discoveries of Mozambique gemstones in the lat 2000s that made a great leap into the precious stone kingdom, especially in view of the prohibition of Myanmar origin. That is good tidings for the industrial sector, because, as has already been said, so little comes out of Myanmar, and since Mozambique ruby now accounts for a large part of what is on the open air nowadays.
It is estimated that today about 85 per cent of the ruby markets are made up of Mozambique goods. And, as Myanmar output further declines - provided the Mozambique ruby supplies remain high - the difference in prices between Myanmar and Africa is likely to narrow further. AGTA/JA mission to Myanmar traveled to a number of ruby mine sites, among them the HP mine in Mogok shown here, which supplies about 20 ct/day. 5 The dispute over Burma's ruby has shifted.
In 1997, the US proclaimed a "national emergency" regarding the entry into office of the Myanmar army and shortly thereafter began to sanction the state. With the 2008 Tom Lantos Block Myanmar JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act, the US administration then specifically aimed at the imports of gems by identifying the dominant regime's breaches of the law and the evasion of penalties, hiding the origin of the gems in order to pursue its exports to the USA.
The group travelled to Mogok, the centre of the gem trading industry in Myanmar and the traditional spring for the best ruby, to see minefields and with minesmen and traders.