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Trip to Mogok

Sunday, December 4, 2016 3:00:11 PM Asia/Bangkok

Mogok has always been an important source for gems, probably the finest in the world. However, the people of Mogok, miners, dealers are fascinating just as much. Enjoy the following snaps of Mogok everyday life. These are the people who discover the most marvelous nature’s creations. No doubt that the beauty they find daily is reflecting on their own. 

 

 

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Gem Renaissance - Spinel's 21st Century Revival

Monday, July 25, 2016 7:48:15 AM Asia/Bangkok

 

Here is the story of a sleeping beauty.

After seeing the spinel, it would be a challenge to understand how this vibrant stone stayed overlooked for so long.  When Gemcal began introducing the spinel to the American market at the 1996 GJX in Tucson, we encountered raised eyebrows from many.

These days, the spinel is no longer the ruby’s poor stepsister. “Looks like a ruby, but at a tenth of the price” is no longer a true statement: along with their popularity, the price of spinels has soared.

In many ways, the ruby has become the poor man’s spinel. The enormous variety of colors and shades, the uniqueness of each stone, give spinels a tremendous appeal; for designers, as well as collectors and savvy buyers, this grants the stone a sharp, highly desirable edge. A spinel is a one-of-a-kind, each with an expressly distinctive hue and character – in the age of extreme individuality, this property only adds to the magic of the spinel, and designers of every level recognize it.

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Five Legendary Spinels

Monday, May 30, 2016 9:40:21 AM Asia/Bangkok

A popular cliché declares, ‘it is what it is’. This simple assertion, once named the ‘cliché of the year’, seems merely to state the obvious. In the case of the spinel, however, there’s something seriously wrong with this small bit of conventional wisdom.  

Five legendary Rubies. These are not what they are. They are, in fact, spinels. Many of these “Titled Spinels” as they are known, have fascinating histories that go back thousands of years. From the Samarian Spinel that supposedly adorned the Golden Calf of the Israelites in the Sinai Desert, to an engraved Moghul Dynasties chronicle in the case of the Timur Ruby.

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The Spell of Grey Spinel

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 11:05:19 AM Asia/Bangkok

Like the most magnificent thunderstorm, the Grey Spinel dazzles with its moods, a range of chic, elegant shades, its tones and enthralling warmth.

If you are tired of flamboyance and looking for balanced sophistication, Grey Spinel is the answer. The cool, contemplative shades of grey will clearly keep you apart from madding crowd of everyday colors.  Unlike the meditative emptiness of white nor the aggressive depressive black, grey is right in the rational, mature center.

 And yet grey gemstones have had less exposure in jewelry; although the first historically known diamonds were grey or black, due to the lack of cutting technology, almost as soon as those techniques were invented, grey gemstones took on a minor role, with most collectors opting for more dazzling colors or the clear “white” stones.

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Peridot's Story

Monday, May 2, 2016 9:05:13 AM Asia/Bangkok

About two thousand years ago, under the light of a full moon, a small group of sailors landed on the shore of the tiny Island of the Serpents in the Red Sea. Their attentionwas caught by glowing olive green crystals in the volcanic earth. At dawn’s first light, the glow turned to a sparkle. In the capital city of Thebes, Egyptian royalty immediately fell for the mysterious gem: Pliny tells of the first specimen presented to Queen Berenice around 300 BC in his Naturales Historia, and many historians have speculated that at least some of the “emeralds” worn by Cleopatra were actually peridots.

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The Mogok Story

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 11:14:20 AM Asia/Bangkok


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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Zircon

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 1:23:01 PM Asia/Bangkok

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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