Over-Extraction, Chinese Slowdown Blamed for Jade Price Slump ​​

RANGOON — With the government’s biannual gem emporium looming at the end of this month, prices for Burmese jade have continued to slide against weakening demand. Industry insiders have blamed an economic slowdown in China, over-extraction in jade mines, and market uncertainty linked to the transition of power to a democratically elected government in Burma. […]

Jade Trade: Official Export Earnings Down for 2015

RANGOON — Revenue derived from Burma’s official jade exports declined in the first nine months of the 2015-16 fiscal year, as the lucrative industry continues to draw fire over safety, ethical and environmental concerns. According to figures from the Ministry of Commerce, US$567 million in revenue was derived from jade exports from April to December […]

Burmese-Only Jade Sale Pegged for December

RANGOON — The Myanmar Gems Enterprise will hold the year’s first and only jade sale exclusively for local traders in Naypyidaw this December, with industry players hoping to see more purchases of raw jade and jadeite made with value-added intentions. In Thursday’s state-run newspapers, the Ministry of Mines’ Myanmar Gems Enterprise announced that the central […]

Myanmar sells $3bn in gems

Myanmar’s annual gem emporium took in more than $3 billion this year, the most ever for the country’s annual sale of gems and jade, organizers said Tuesday. Income reached $3.4 billion and saw the successful auction of 6,007 of 7,454 jade lots, 126 out of 436 gem lots and 224 of the total 342 pearl […]

Mandalay ruby miners may get land-grant

</a Local miners in Mandalay Division’s ‘Ruby Land’ town of Mogok may soon get access to more gems. The Myanmar Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs Association plans to allocate small-scale mining plots to locals to promote gem trade in the area. “We are looking to allocate more small-scale plots for local miners”, said Tun Hla Aung, […]