Gems and utility jade sales kicks off in Myanmar

GMT 20:34 2014 Tuesday ,14 October

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Vice-President visits utility jade, gems and pearl sales
Yangon - XINHUA

The 4th gems and utility jade sales kicked off at the Mani Yadana Jade Hall in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday.
Aimed at creating job opportunities and developing the domestic jewelry industries, the gems and utility jade sales will run until next Monday.
During the event, a total of 160 lots of gems will be sold through open tender system.
A total of 6,982 lots of utility jade will be sold from Oct. 17- 20.
In July, the 51st annual Myanmar Gems Emporium has fetched 3.4 billion U.S. dollars, up 1 billion dollars compared with that of the previous one.
Jade lots totaling 74 were sold at the close of the 51st Myanmar Gems Emporium, receiving 1,020 million dollars commercial tax from the event.
Myanmar started to hold gem shows in 1964 selling gems annually. Since introducing the mid-year one in 1992 and the special one in 2004, the gem emporium has now become a thrice event annually.
Since 1992, private companies have been allowed to work for jade and gems mining and Myanmar Gems Law was promulgated in 1995, allowing local citizens to excavate, produce and sell gems.
The latest official figures show that in 2013-14, Myanmar yielded 15,061 tons of jade and 16.31 million carats of gems which include ruby, sapphire, spinel and peridot, as well as 351, 641 mommis of pearl.

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