Burmese Jade is Jadeite to make jewelry and for sculpturing
|"Mutton Fat" transparency|
|Green jade pendants|
|Chinese jade is nephrite|
All old and new gems are nephrite
|Great artistic decoration|
|Pendant made from the mineral|
|Artistically carved pendant|
On the other side in the mining area in Kachin state they break whole jade mountains apart just see the pics at the left side. What is shown there is rather small there are other locations around 4 times bigger with dozens of mega truck bought in China operating.
|Trading at the emporium in Naypyidaw|
|Buddha shop at Yangon Bogyoke Market|
|Pretty Burmese jade body decoration|
The gemstones are used for all kind of body decoration,
|Bangles for sale at Bogyoke Market|
|Imperial green necklace jewelry|
Burmese jade can be very valuable
|Laughing Buddha statue|
Some associate it with body decoration others with mysticism.
Extracted from the earth by mining and with very different levels of value, there are also fake items since everywhere where there is quick cash to be made the crooks are not far away.
White Buddha statue
with ruby and gold dust
The color spectrum is wide,
Stores selling genuine material are many at the Bogyoke market in Yangon, the premier bazaar in the country and Mandalay the manufacturing center with plenty of workshops.
The market mentioned above is a fabulous oriental shopping mall for all kind of precious stones, handicrafts, artworks, Buddha sculptures and items such as "paintings", antiques and plenty other.
This market has probably the highest density of jadeite stores in the world, here is more about.
Considering some billion people across the border who like the gems
|Burma Jade jewelry created as a lavender and green bracelet|
|Cheap Burmese Jade Jewelry|
In the beginning of 2011 a Chinese state enterprise bought a huge load for several hundred millions of dollars, they cut and carve them in China. Since Burma is not used to absorb such a large dollar sum the currency market in Rangoon went crazy and finally the local currency, the Kyat, went up almost 30% to the dollar. The result was their export products became to expensive. Still today (2013) jadeite prices are about 2-3 times higher than 2011.
|Black jadeite pendant|
|Selling jadeite in Yangon|
The biggest Burmese jade bazaar
in the country is in Yangon or Rangoon in the Bogyoke Market. This is a treasure trove for every gem lover as you can see at the pictures.
A bit about geology and how the rocks are formed. The rocks crystallized under high pressure in certain geological conditions millions of years ago. The material itself has no color but when trace elements such as iron, aluminum, manganese, magnesium move in under extreme pressure colors appear. This natural process is copies today to make low quality material look like high quality which finally is a fake, read more.
|Cut white and green rocks|
|Natural jadeite stones|
Huge lavender boulder
|Raw jade stones|
|Imperial jade rough boulder|