Welcome to Myanmar-gems

Vendredi 7 septembre 5 07 /09 /Sep 11:29

When dealing with gems in Burma, you have to be aware of the habits of local trading. The concern is how much the seller can get and not how much the stone is worth. It is a bargaining game that must be understood if someone wants to buy gems in Myanmar and be able to resell them for profit or simply to get the best value for the gem.


The seller will usually start with an astronomical asking price which could just make the inexperienced buyer run away with disdain.


Instead, the buyer should make a ridiculous offer and the deal can really start from there.  

It may take days, even weeks before the process is completed but with the help of experienced broker, you just might buy cheaper without being charged.


Everything is a question of time efficiency and local knowledge..


I can help for everything and as said before it won’t cost you a dime.



Christina Win
Par Christina
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Jeudi 6 septembre 4 06 /09 /Sep 16:17

Reference to rubies from the region of Mogok has been made since centuries but the first European account came from the 15th century.

In the legends surrounding this place, Marco Polo and Sindbad the Sailor might have described this rich valley under the name of Birengalia, the valley of serpents which was most probably the mountainous area of Capelan (Mogok under the early Chinese rule).

When Vasco de Gama anchored in Burma in the late 15th century, he was looking for “Christians and spices”, he did find spices and rubies…


This region had always had a mysterious and bloody, conflict-ridden history. Ruby, sapphire, peridot, spinel, agua-marine coming from the mines of Mogok are among the finest and most expensive stones available on the gems market.

Even today it is not easy to buy them. Foreigners are not allowed to visit Mogok area since four decades (except for Visit Myanmar Year in 1996 where it was open again until mid-99) and the trade is controlled.

The best stones are sold through auctions or smuggled in the local market in Yangon or in Bangkok.
The next time I will have the chance to go back there, I will give you some pictures and a longer article.

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Lundi 3 septembre 1 03 /09 /Sep 16:47

After the parcel of rubies, I just wanted to show you some beautiful sapphires from Mogok. The color is actually better with my camera for the blue but it is still far from their real beauty...
These are over 2 carats each.
Same problem as the last article for the calibration of the stones in parcels here in Burma.

And on this picture, some smaller pieces around 0.5 carat for each sapphire.

Myanmar is an amazing place for gems business. You can find beautiful stones in all sizes but you have to be always careful with the price. Professional or just passionnate about precious or natural stones, the art of bargain in Burma is difficult to master. Never hesitate to do so here and start very low...

Christina Win

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Lundi 3 septembre 1 03 /09 /Sep 16:32

Here you got some rubies coming from the famous burmese region of Mogok Mines in the North of Myanmar. Around a carat each, this parcel looks actually less pinkish in real. Some broker do use a simple trick too to improve the color of their stones by putting a yellow paper underneath.

The only problem you can get buying parcels of rubies or sapphires in Burma (Myanmar) is that actually they are not calibrated. Many purchasers do recut the gems back in Thailand to use  it more easily in Jewelry settings.

Christina Win

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Dimanche 2 septembre 7 02 /09 /Sep 12:59



When manufacturers glue or fuse two or more separate pieces of material together to form a unit, the result is called an assembled stone. (Assembled stones are also known as composite stones.) The separate pieces can be natural or manmade. A doublet is an assembled stone that consists of two joined segment. A triplet has three segments, or two segments and a layer of colored cement. When you look at an assembled stone set in jewelry, the layers should be difficult to distinguish.


     Assembled stones designed to imitate natural gems include green synthetic spinel triplets, which have served as imitation emerald. Manufacturers have also come up with an assembled tanzanite imitation, which appeared at the 1996 Tucson gem show labeled ‘‘Tanzaions.’’ This triplet consisted of two layers of synthetic spinel and one layer of glass. The glue used to cement the materials together contained the violet hue characteristic of natural tanzanite.



In the jewelry industry, the term disclosure means selling goods for what they are. practicing disclosure should be essential to good business practices, but when it comes to synthetics and imitations, disclosure isn’t always so simple. For example, synthetic amethyst can so closely resemble the natural gem that a salesperson might not realize that a ring she just sold as genuine contained a synthetic. Or in the case of an opal triplet, customers might not understand that the cabochon in a pendant owes part of its beauty and durability to non-opal layers.




     Or what about the case of a retailer who purchases a beautiful 2-ct.ruby from a dealer at a gem show thinking it’s natural? He sells it to a customer as natural, but when the customer has the gem appraised, it turns out to be lab-grown. Who is responsible for failing to disclose? More importantly, how can the industry make sure that such mistakes don’t happen---and guard against deception in general?



                            THE GEMOLOGIST’S ROLE


Gemologists play an important role in ensuring that disclosure becomes the industry standard. That’s because gemologists are trained to recognize the subtle differences between various types of gem materials, including synthetics and assembled stones.

      A trained gemologist can tell a natural ruby from a synthetic. If the ruby is synthetic, a gemologist can also tell whether it was grown from a melt process or a solution process. Gemologists can even determine the type of melt or solution process used. All these distinctions can be factors in the way gems are identified and sold.



Whether the gem is mined, lab-grown, assembled, it goes through many steps before it reaches the customers. For the sake of consumer confidence, it’s important for the industry to disclose the truth about what’s being sold, every step of the way. When you accept money for a gem, you should already know what it is---synthetic or natural, for example. If you don’t know for sure what you’re selling, then you should proceed with the caution before offering it for sale. Make sure you know the identity o the material you’re dealing with. This can save money or---perhaps more important---your reputation. Don’t risk becoming the victim or perpetrator of fraud.


      Once you make a sale and a gem turns out to be something other than what you sold it as, the public interprets the transaction as dishonest. It doesn’t matter whether the misrepresentation was deliberately or not.


      Remember, synthetics and imitations play and important role in the industry. If they are sold for what they are, they are something both buyers and sellers can be proud to deal in, own, and wear. Their versatility brings the beauty of natural gems within reach of everyone, at every market level. They provide valid options that are appropriate for different buyers with different needs.


     Disclosure by every member of the jewelry industry can raise public awareness of natural gems and their synthetic or imitation alternatives, and increase sales at every level. The trained gemologist has an important part to play in giving industry members the knowledge they need to properly disclose the identity of all colored stones.


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Jeudi 30 août 4 30 /08 /Août 15:50

 How imitation gems different from synthetic gems?
 What different kinds of materials can serve as gem imitations?

Imitations are all around us. A woman might wear an inexpensive plastic belt that mimics an expensive designer dress. Your coffee table at home might feature an easy-to-clean imitation wood grain top. You might have a plastic plant that looks green and soothing to your eyes, yet you don’t need to nag your partner to water it every day.
      Anything beautiful, desirable, and difficult to obtain because of cost or rarity is a prime candidate for imitation. That’s why there’s an imitation made for just about every gem that can be imitated. There are many types of gem imitations, and some are more convincing than others. The thing that makes an imitation different from a synthetic is that it can be made of almost every material, as long as it looks like the gem it’s supposed to replace.   


An imitation doesn’t have to be created by human hands. Natural gems can be used as imitations. Historically, red spinel has been a ruby imitation fit for royalty because its rich red color echoes ruby’s celebrated scarlet hue.
      If sellers offer jewellery featuring natural imitations without the intent to deceive buyers, then these gems are worthy of label ‘‘alternative’’. For example, an amethyst pendant can be sold as less expensive natural alternative to a tanzanite pendant because the two are often similar in color. Or a customer who loves ruby might appreciate a more affordable red garnet s a natural alterative.


You’ve learned about synthetic versions of natural gems. But things get a bit confusing when manufacturers use a synthetic stone to imitate a gem other than its natural counterpart. For example, synthetic spinel can mimic the look of many different natural gems, depending on its color. (Manufacturers control color in synthetic by adding different ingredients.)
       Synthetic spinel’s accurate reproduction of a wide verity of colors makes it a common choice for imitation birthstone jewelery. For example blue synthetic spinel can be used to imitate aquamarine. But synthetic spinel is less accurate when reproducing purples, green, and darker tones. The development of CZ in darker hues has made it a convincing alternative for those shades.
       The violet-blue African zoisite known as tanzanite has soared in popularity in recent decades. As a result, synthetic imitations of the gem have multiplied. Synthetic corundum and YAG have both been grown as tanzanite imitations.


Manufactured glass is an age-old gemstone imitation that’s still use today. The material’s ability to imitate a variety of colors makes it hard to distinguish at first glance from the gems imitates. That’s why glass imitations of stones like amethyst, Mexican fire opal, aquamarine, and peridot have turned up in parcels for sale, mixed in with the natural gems they mimic. Of course, gemological tests can quickly reveal the imitations, but it’s wise to remember that any so-called gem might actually be a glass imitation.
     Of course, glass imitations are not always crafted with deception in mind. For example, attractive cabochons made of fused layers of glass have been sold as imitation agate and tortoise shell.
      Plastic is often used to imitate gemstones inexpensive fashion jewelry or children’s trinkets. However this modern manmade substance has also been manipulated into convincing imitations of organic gems like amber, pearls, and coral, or aggregates like jade, turquoise, and lapis. Plastic is not a durable gemstone imitation---it melts easily during repair work, and it scratches easily
because it’s so soft.  
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