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    Most of the mines have closed with the permits ending. Rough is hard to get.

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    by Burmesedaze » Dec 2, 2018
    Off to the ruby mine.

    Blue flecks are sapphire found with the ruby in marble matrix

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    Win Taya mine whose permit has ended. Natural cave.

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    Specimens at Baw Mar mine and kids panning on a Sunday.

    I bought the lot of gravel from them for US$10.
     
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    At a Lissu village nearby.

    The hut is made from earth and grass on a bamboo frame and is warm inside in the cold weather.

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    Lissu tribe kids in their tribal wear
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    Hotpot and bbq alfresco and serenaded by miners by day and guitarists/singers by night.

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    To listen to the awesome guys

     
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    How lovely, to see a human perspective of the gem trade.
     
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    The miners in these mines are treated very well. House, vehicle, full medical and education benefits for the family. Profit sharing from sales too. Everyone looks happy.
     
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    Other mines shun handicapped employees thinking they bring bad luck. These mines hire them.
     
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    by clumberlove » Dec 2, 2018
    Do you know how they can tell from the rough which ones will produce a star? It's so interesting to see "behind the scenes" like that!
     
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    Yes they can. Basically the inclusions give the star. Not all mines will produce.

    The Mogok natives even know from the soil colour what gems can be found in each section!
     
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    by Bluegemz » Dec 2, 2018
    Thanks for taking us along on your trip:) what an amazing and unique experience! I would love to go digging myself . The Ground looks so full of promise. One cannot get away from nature in such an endeavor. Though I admit, I admire the courage of miners who ventur deep into the mountains! How frightening.

    Sigh..those stars! I adore those cherry blossom pink and red ones! They seem hard to find and I’m curious about how common they are. Are they popular there?

    Seeing the star rubies actually makes me kinda heart sick. I’m still waiting for mine and I’m starting to wonder if maybe they aren’t meant to be for me. Then I think I need to keep faith...what a trip.

    Anyway, did you end up purchasing any of the gems?
     
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    by clumberlove » Dec 2, 2018
    I see, I guess it's just a question of experience. It's good to know that these mines benefit everyone, not just the owners. Is there a reason the permits have ended for most of the mines?
     
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    by Burmesedaze » Dec 2, 2018
    @Bluegemz most of the good rough goes from mine to overseas. Most don't make it to the local market here. But they aren't that difficult. Larger sizes are scarce now as the old mines that used to produce them are exhausted. Then, finding a perfect star sapphire/ruby with perfect asterism, translucency, no black inclusions, etc is another challenge :)

    @clumberlove Experience and remember, the natives used to just pick them off the ground lol even before the large mining ops came in. So this knowledge is passed on for generations verbally is my guess.

    The permits used to be able to be renewed fairly easily under the old government. New one halted the entire process. Presumably for a review of the law but really, who knows?
     
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    by Burmesedaze » Dec 2, 2018
    Morning mist over the mountains.

    The artificial lake to the morning Mini Yadanar market, where mostly rough is sold. Where the lake is used to be a gemstone mountain. Fully mined and levelled by the British during colonial rule days.

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