Burmese Jade: The Inscrutable Gem

Author : Richard W. Hughes, Olivier Galibert, George Bosshart, et al.

The jadeite mines of Upper Burma (now Myanmar) occupy a privileged place in the world of gems, as they are the principal source of top-grade material. This article, by the first foreign gemologists allowed into these important mines in over 30 years, discusses the history, location, and geology of the Myanmar jadeite deposits, and especially current mining activities in the Hpakan region. Also detailed are the cutting, grading, and trading of jadeite—in both Myanmar and China—as well as treatments. The intent is to remove some of the mystery surrounding the Orient’s most valued gem.

Published Date : 25 Jun 2021
Page : 25
Publisher : Gemological Institute of America Inc. (GIA)
Category : Geology & Gemology
Source : Gems & Gemology : Vol.36 No.1 (Spring 2000), p.02-26
Available : Unlimited

MARC INFORMATION

020 a : ISBN 
0016-626X 
050 b : Published Year 
2000 
245 a : Title 
Burmese Jade: The Inscrutable Gem 
260 b : Name of publisher 
Gemological Institute of America 
260 c : Date of publication 
Spring 2000 
300 a : Total pages 
25 
520 a : Description 
The jadeite mines of Upper Burma (now Myanmar) occupy a privileged place in the world of gems, as they are the principal source of top-grade material. This article, by the first foreign gemologists allowed into these important mines in over 30 years, discusses the history, location, and geology of the Myanmar jadeite deposits, and especially current mining activities in the Hpakan region. Also detailed are the cutting, grading, and trading of jadeite—in both Myanmar and China—as well as treatments. The intent is to remove some of the mystery surrounding the Orient’s most valued gem. 

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