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Mogok: 800 Years of Ruby Valley

Two hundred kilometers north of Mandalay is Mogok, a town famous worldwide for its rubies. At the end of March it held a celebration for its 800th anniversary. For centuries Mogok has amassed wealth and...

Mogok celebrates 800 years

About 200 kilometers northeast of Mandalay is the valley of Mogok—renowned worldwide for its rubies and yet notoriously guarded, with only permit-holding foreigners allowed to enter. For three days at the end of March the...

Mia Ruby: Unique Designs, Locally Made, Supporting Myanmar Women

By Maitreyi Gupta A lovely little girl, Mia, is bouncing around a jewellery store in downtown Yangon, trying to get her hands on some of the sparkly merchandise. Mia was born in Myanmar to Amber...

Newbie’s Guide to Choosing Gems in Myanmar

You may have heard of the tumultuous love affair between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.  Liz was infatuated with expensive and rare gems; Burton was obsessed with throwing them at her. Once, Richard gave her...