About Jadeite Jewelry, Raw stones and Sculptures.
Here it is mined in the Mogaung area and other sites in Kachin state plus Khamti in Sagaing Division, the most valuable is the imperial or emerald green. When buying expensive items have it checked in an independent lab, don't listen to much what the sales person tells, they all want to make a quick sale and with foreigner prices quickly triple from normal.
|Beautiful jade bangles|
Chinese ladies really love the material they come from all over Asia to visit the Bogyoke Market in Yangon which is one of the place where they sell the mineral, read more.
|Colorful Jade Beads|
The usually come as necklaces and bracelets, some smaller also as earrings. Different shapes are available too, read more.
Just have a look at the picture to the left it gives a good idea. Those are also ideal to bring back from your travel as good looking and not expensive souvenirs, read more.
They focus the view and can become very expensive quick in a combination as shown at the left picture where jadeite pearls is blended with white gold and diamonds. This a Myanmar diamonds, most people don't know that the country has substantial resources of the white stone, read more.
Rings, pendants. Other items are Jade Buddhas which are carved or rather drilled from stones, colors are green, white, lavender, pink, purple, red, green, blue, black, yellow, transparent and variants of it.
There are two variants of mining,
This days it's dynamite and bulldozers to break the mountain apart to extract rocks, stones and boulders, this are jade mines, open and underground.
E.g. in 2001, a giant jadeite stone was discovered in Priyakant of Kachin State. It was found at about 13 meter below ground and was covered by serpentine as being the dyke.
The object had various colors including pale green, violet and others, its crystal was with good composition. Similar stones and boulders are found continuously, some smaller, other bigger and most are sold to Chinese buyer who deliver them to the factories there which satisfy a ever growing market.
The history tells interesting stories
|Pink color carving|
There it was beautifully carved (rather drilled) and formed into pieces of art.
This gemstone is known for about 5000 years. In prehistoric ages people used it for weapons, tools and jewelry, among other.
At about 3000 B.C. it was already known as the royal gem with similar value as gold and diamonds. The cultures in the Americas such as Mayas, Aztecs, Olmecs and other also valued it higher than gold, in ancient Egypt it was highly appreciated.
Because of it's rarity and demand prices were always quite high
Over the years people started to understand the properties of the materials and tried to produce fakes with all kind of tricks. The found out that metallic oxides and trace elements were active in producing the colors. Countless attempts were made to manipulate it into so called "imperial green" from white nephrite.
|Pretty elephant gift|
Symbols for the State worship of the Heaven, Earth plus the 'Four
When the K'un Lun mines reached exhaustion in the thirteenth-century a virtual gift from heaven came in form of the discovery of huge quantities of jadeite in Kachin State. Now the "jade rush" into the south started and is still on even today, only the mining methods are much more efficient today. It was somehow similar as with the Spanish search for gold in the Americas.
After production and trade was established
all the "good stuff" was finally found, that was translucent green jade, which was very rare and valuable.
There was plenty of the green stuff at Mogaung, which covered the whole spectrum of shades.
|Caravan in Kachin tribal area|
Laden caravans set out for China, and were regularly ambushed and looted although most got through.
The emperors even fought a war with the Burmes to get hold of the Mogaung area. Today all this is still going strong, the only difference is no weapons are used but dollars.
Jade Production in Burma is monopolized to keep prices high
which is no big deal since all mines are located in Kachin state in the north. Only the extraction methods are different today with explosives and heavy equipment.
On top of it all better mines changed "hands" to Chinese via proxies and some simply took the Burmese citizenship to make it look better.
The only subject which is still the same today is trade, most of the good material is smuggled into Yunan province right away although many material lands at the biannual emporium in Naypyidaw which was held in Yangon before.
Visiting Bogyoke Market in Yangon
|Bogyoke Market Yangon|
Maybe the most impressive are Jade Buddhas, the statues, sculptures and figurines come in various flavors, there is imperial green in the upper price category. Lavender is a bit
lower priced and white again a bit below. Some are encrusted with gold and ruby dust they look real great and expensive just as some newly rich like it to show what they have.
Here are some more pictures from the bazaar.
Myanmar jadeite is popular,
there is a continuous stream of people moving into the market to buy it. The spectrum is wide, from the $ 10,- bangle to the Buddha sculpture for up to around $ 50.000,- just wrap it up pay cash since credit card just started to work again (2014) but not as smooth as elsewhere.
Money transfers were also blocked by the old colonial stone heads, called English who did everything to make the locals miserable since the generals didn't make "the Kotau", the Yankees do what the English say and naturally both are wrong, they lifted part of the finance restriction now (2014) The whole mess the country is in today has been created by the English and US, everything else is a result of it, the problem is, the "stiff upper lips" don't understand this.
For the Chinese the stone is not
Already since very long ago the Emperor drunk the powdered mineral for some ceremonial purposes. This was for good for everything by using homoeopathic portions.
In colonial times the gemstone was so abundant that Shan used it as door-stoppers.
|Bangles with plenty of colors|
Business at Naypyidaw Emporium
If good texture, excellent translucency and color for jewelry and sculptures
the item is very valuable. The gems are heavier and brighter than other precious stones of a similar size. When its composition is smooth it is accepted as a quality gemstone.
Purple blue or hyacinth blue are also of reasonable value. At the biannual Emporium plenty is
|Carved Eggs for Hand Massage|
|Jade beads chain|