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At the beginning of time, so the legend goes, the giant serpent Naga laid three eggs. From the first egg came the King of Pagan. From the second, the Emperor of China. And from the last egg, all the Rubies. For more than 2000 years, the Mogok Stone Tract in Upper Burma - an isolated area, where mountainous jungle and deep valleys form a natural border with the Shan Plateau, and the Kyatpyin, Kathe and Luda Valleys enclose the major mining areas - has been renowned as a source of excellent rubies and spinels, among other stones. Some believed this to be the mythological "Valley of the Serpents" where large, precious gems lay in a deep ravine populated by deadly snakes. The only way to get these gems, considered “the fire and blood of Mother Earth”, was to throw lumps of meat into the ravine; stones would become attached to the meat, which was then carried out of the ravine by vultures. After the vultures had eaten, the gems were retrieved from the birds’ droppings.

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Lustrous, fiery, and considered to be among the oldest minerals on earth, the Zircon is one of the most fascinating gemstones in existence. Known for its durability, as well as its resistance to chemical attack, scientists have called the Zircon, a “tiny time capsule”, describing it as “the most reliable natural chronometer that we have when we want to look at the earliest part of Earth history.”

The intriguing history of a Zircon begins with its formation: formed by crystallization from a magma or in metamorphic rocks, the Zircon possesses a remarkable ability to not only survive geologic events - some of which may last millions of years - but to record those events in its crystal rings, similar to the rings found in tree trunks. Imagine wearing one of these!

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