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Gems lab angles for global recognition



A PRIVATELY owned gems laboratory equipped with the latest technology opened its doors yesterday, but, it will take time for the industry to receive international recognition, insiders say.

Myanmar, Gemological Laboratory will be able to provide a range of reports at a cost of K15,000 to K-150,000 to identify natural or synthetic stones, including treatment and geographic origin, according to its founder U Wai La Win.

"If we can make hundreds or thou- sands of reports matching [the quality of reports by] internationally recognised labs, with local coordination, it will be quicker to get the reputation of local labs recognised in. foreign couniries I " he said.

U Wai La Win added there are about 10 such labs in the country, but most use somewhat outdated technology compared to his lab.

Leading Myanmar geologist Daw Yin Yin New said she supports the private sector as the government it- self is decentralising.

"By competing with the private sector, processes on the government side become more competitive and qualified. There should be no more monopolising by the government, I think," she said.

Government gems experts should also work closely with their private i sector counterparts in efforts to re- ceive international recognition- Cur- rently, local stones often must be certified in foreign countries, but this business could be completed locally, she said.

“The government needs to liberalise and decentralise the sector by handing over mining processes to the private sector and simply collecting Lax from them, like Indonesia- This avoids conflict. of interest, though does not fully control all the country's resources from leaving.." she said. Gems dealers say they welcome efforts to bring international-quality gems appraisal to Yangon.

U Thaung Tun, owner of Yadana Theingi Gems and Jewellery, said when local gems are resold at inter- national exhibitions, they must often be re-appraised to meet their standards.

Gary Nelson, a gems businessper¬son, said that while some of the laboratories here may not be glob¬ally recognised, they have a lot of ex¬perience and understand Myanmar gemstones.

However, laboratories bring a level of objectivity to gem appraisals. They have necessary equipment and can tell the characteristics of stones and how they stack up against inter¬national gems.

"They can identify stones very eas¬ily and very correctly," he said.

Part of the problem for local gems laboratories is the world was in the dark for so long about the industry in Myanmar, and it was also difficult for Myanmar people to take in interna¬tional best practices.

Mr Nelson said the situation was different for U Wai La Win, as he studied and worked overseas for the Gemological Institute of Amer¬ica, and is bringing that experience back to Myanmar. In the past, most Myanmar labs catered to the local community.

Ideally, locally valued gems with a proper certificate should be accepted internationally, which will help local traders have the confidence to go places like New York or London and present the stone, he said.


Queen Elizabeth's Burmese Ruby Tiara



Queen Elizabeth inherited most of the tiaras she own and she left them alone. (Unlike her grandmother Queen Mary, who loves to redesign her gems regularly)

The queen commissioned the tiara in 1973 from Garrard using gems which she already had in hand. The gems were 96 rubies from the people of Burma which she received as the wedding present and the diamonds from the Nizam of Hyderabad tiara which was also the wedding present. The rubies were a symbiolic gift. Rubies are believed to protect the owner from illness and evil and from 96 diseases that affect humans according to Burmese beliefs.

The queen wears the tiara often since its commission.


The 52nd Myanma Gems Emporium to run from 24 June to 6 July

Date : 30 April, 2015

The Ministry of Mines announced on 30 April, 2015 it will hold the 52nd Myanma Gems Emporium from 24 June to 6 July in Nay Pyi Taw, inviting local and foreign merchants.

The central committee from 1 May will begin scrutinizing jade lots to be displayed at the emporium.

Myanmar citizens operating government-approved mining and gem product businesses, as well as members of the Myanmar Gems Entrepreneurs Association, can visit the emporium, according to the Ministry of Mines.

Foreign merchants can register to visit the emporium at the ministry’s website

Last year’s Gems Emporium generated a record US $3.4 billion and saw the successful auction of 6,007 of 7,454 jade lots, 126 out of 436 gem lots and 224 of the total 342 pearl lots, according to the ministry.

Over 4,000 traders from Thailand, China, Hong Kong, and Japan attended last year’s emporium, according to organizers.

Myanmar has started to hold annual gem sales since 1964.

Source : The Global New Light of Myanmar (Volume II, Number 10)


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The 51st Myanma Gems Emporium


The 51st Myanma Gems Emporium


The 51st Myanmar Gems Emporium was held on 24th June 2014, displaying 7,454 lots of jades, 436 lots of gems and 342 lots of pearls.

Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham viewed the emporium which was held till 6 July at the Mani Yadana Jade Hall in the Capital On the first day of event, Thet Naing Aung Company handed over a raw ruby of 4.63 kilogram in weight which was extracted by a joint-venture in which the government is involved.

During the forum, private gems companies sell 7,000 lots of jades from 28 June to 3 July through open tender system, and 300 lots of jades from 4 to 6 July through a competitive system.

Among them, a total of 69 jade lots were sold at the floor prices from one million euro to 60 million euro.

Moreover, 271 lots of gems were sold on 27 June through open tender system, and that of 165 through competitive system with the floor prices ranges from 40 thousand euro to one million euro.

The 204 lots of state owned pearls and that of 138 lots from private sector were sold for three days from 25 June through open tender system and competitive system.

Myanmar has held 87 gems emporiums since 1964.


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