What is Burma known forWhy is Burma known for?
All over Rangoon." Believers show their respect by laying layers of Gold Foil on Buddhas. But despite more than 2,000 years of jewelry traditions, 98 percent of the jewelry sales in Rangoon (also known as Yangon) are machine-made. In Burma today, money is more important than crafts.
"and are not willing to afford handcrafts. "As a consequence, the markets are being inundated with inexpensive jewelry from China and India. Aung Sang Suu Kyi's Suu Foundation to revitalize Burma's crafts and restore the dilapidated building in the country's capitol was a slogan when Turquoise Mountain planned to work with Aung Sang Suu Kyi's Suu Foundation to find it.
One of them, Aung Chay, was about to leave for Japan to work as a dish washer when Pippa Small and Hla Thaung called. He was once typed as one of Ramree's most prospective jewellers, but was not able to earn a livelihood on the Isle or in Rangoon. Aung Chay has asked Turquoise Mountain to come back to Rangoon to run his one-man bandman gold smithy work.
"The Burmese have been using old-fashioned, one-of-a-kind technology for centuries. Thats also explained why the rates may be more than you would have expected - as circles begin from 120, £900 pendant and £160 pierced piercing pierced piercing pierced jewelry; collars are handmade from 610 pounds with each one. and Aung Chay melts pearls of pure golden into a set of pierced pearls.
A trainee slices a leaf of golden into stripes that are braided into the form of a fisch - the same technology that first caught Small's eye. The Turquoise Mountain Artisan Goldsmith Workshop is open to the public by arrangement at 26 Shwe Taung Tan, Lanmadaw, Rangoon.
The Burmese ruby is the new bloody diamonds?
Released in December last year, the play argued that luxurious labels must stop trading in precious stones from Myanmar - the South East Asia land known for its high value jewels. Indeed, in 2008 the United States imposed a prohibition on imports of genes and jades from military-ruled Myanmar, a policy that was already in force in Europe, Canada, Australia, Switzerland and Norway.
In addition, Myanmar Ruby is the embodiment of valuable pureness, with some of these rocks costing more per diamond per ct. In the Mandalay area, the old Mogok landmines were famous for making 90 percent of the world's "pigeon blood" ruby, which was named so because of its color and depth.
They are also known for being made of "faceted material," says Ruby & Sapphire: In spite of the ensuing development of other mining sites, the Ruby discovered in Myanmar remains the most famous, among them the most costly Ruby ever to have been purchased. On Dh32m the second most expensive ruby of the class also comes from Myanmar.
Eight years later, the rock was more than doubled in size for the second year running by Laurence Graff, its creator, who re-named it Graff Ruby, and said: "It was completely normal. Graff Ruby has a heritage and existence that goes beyond all of us.
" As interesting as this turn of phrase may be, it is not astonishing, because the Mogok mine is considered almost exhausted, which only increases the cost and the attractiveness of its valuable crimson fruits. Ruby aside, Myanmar produces mounds of other high grade gems and semi-precious gems, among them labis lazuli, garnet, lunar rocks, pearl rocks, chronoberyl and above all brilliant shining blues.
It is also the wellspring of almost all the fine jadeits in the word - an almost transparent verdant rock that is appreciated beyond all other material in neighboring, elaborate China, a country that has in recent years drawn the most high-end global markets. Regardless of what regulatory limitations exist or not, more and more luxurious shoppers around the globe are asking to know where their goods come from.
"Consumers want to know that the gems they buy have been quarried in a responsible way and transparently and ethically embedded in jewelry," says Sean Gilbertson, Gemfields' CEO. Visiting the Montepuez Ruby Mine in Mozambique and Kagem Emerald Mine in Zambia shows that she is committed to authenticity, visibility and openness in the procurement of her colored mines.
GEMFIDS also concentrates on creating sustainability for its staff and the protection of the natural world with the goal of operating accident-free landmines. "Gilbertson added, "Many of our customers come to our collieries to ask for details of our operations and to see for themselves the benefits of our commitment to the area.
There have been several accounts in the case of Myanmar of the inhuman circumstances and low salaries that afflict the military-dominated coalition. "Myanmar is a complicated country and it will not be easy to find ways to overcome hundreds of years of conflicts and persecutions. But it is much simpler to take clear measures to withdraw funding from the Rohingya tribe in Myanmar who are continuing to use them.
" It is recommending curbing the flow of revenue by avoiding the ruby and other gems of the state. It is therefore totally inadmissible to buy from Myanmar under the present policy conditions. "We have been shopping for our jewels from Mozambique's ethics since the beginning of the conflict," he states. In the trade embargo against Myanmar, the gap was bridged by a number of Africans, particularly the Montepuez Mine in Mozambique, which was detected in 2011 and then taken over by Gemfields.
It is known for its high grade ruby, some of which are comparable to Myanmar sheaves. "In Mozambique alone, Gemfields already delivers around 30 percent of the world's jewels. Today's range of jewels is much more varied than in the past, and resources from lands such as Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, Thailand and even Iceland will offer a wider selection to consumers.
So should everyone take the example of Cartier, Tiffany & Co and La Marquise and boyscott the whole group? Whilst a part of the profits from the precious stones excavated every day can finance the militias, a part of it also seeps into the largely unguilty mountain town. "I' m sure we don't want Burma off the grid.
Burma's heritage and story of its jewels is unprecedented. "It would not be possible to have a full ban anyway, as there are already many jewels on the markets that are in the vaults and doors of many jewelers all over the globe. It should also be borne in mind that not every mine in Burma finances illegal activities, so we cannot pick out the whole of Burma's rip-offs.
In Burma we believe that the issue is short-term and there is still room for improvement.