Burmese Days

Burmese Days

My views of the real world from a gemologist’s perspective.

pagodawithmaid Some pictures of my cheroot days in the Land of Jade and Rubies – Myanmar (that is what the country is known) or Burma.

transporttoHpakanThe usual transportation means to the Hpakan Jade Mines

Underground-700ft-jade-minesInside an underground Jade Mines 1,000 over ft below sea level

Hpakan-jade-cuttingJade cutting at the mines in Hpakan, Upper Burma


Evaluating a Ja­de boulder


Mogok-alluvialOne of the alluvial washing mines in Mogok, Ruby Land