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Most styling is
rather conservative, usually
it is a mixture with ruby, sapphire and semi precious stones
not in a very modern or art fashion styling.
There is only very limited interaction with
the outside world, usually gem quality is good.
To start shopping for precious
products begin at the Bogyoke Market in Yangon down town.
There at least
50 shops selling all variants, from the
simple bangle to the most exquisite carving of
statues and other items and precious stones.
Other body decoration items
available too. There are several bigger companies
manufacturing this beautiful objects in Yangon and elsewhere in the country.
Some of them offer free tours to their factories and try to
sell their creations to the tourists this way, standard items
are rubies and jade.
This is not all, very special are
pearl products, they usually come as gold, silver and
white spheres in normal and baroque form. All this
precious stones are set into gold, often with a
diamond to create a real beautiful piece, creations
are currently improving
dramatically since the country is
opening up and tourists coming in droves
demanding creative designs.
There is no
use to just create another standard necklace or bangle
like before and the same style is also available in Thailand
made from local gemstones, its time to get creative and
move into some kind of art to get the potential buyers to
select a unique product.
Also the merchants should know that their price
expectations are often just strange, why should
someone buy certain items here when more or
less the same is available in Bangkok, Hong Kong or
Singapore for less, since most of the tourists are
not only visiting one country on their trip they very
well know what it costs in other country, also
the internet is a good tool to find out items and
take enough cash with
the US embargo credit cards cant be accepted
and also money transfer to foreign countries wont
work....and do a
If you like a expensive item very much, maybe a nice
lets say they ask for $ 1000,- or more, take
a local person - you can trust - with you
and show him or her what you like,
check the price and go.
The next day send the person
there and tell to buy but only for about half the
price, but don't go with them, wait outside somewhere.
The reason is, a local person
usually gets the things for substantial less as you,
this is also the same in
Thailand jewelry shops.
The four items shown here are from
stores in the Bogyoke market main walk through section.
There are many creative gold items, people often buy gold
bracelets and bangle as a investment other who have not that
much money use gold plated jewelry
Claus Myanmar style with
a precious Christmas
Jewelry means gold with red, blue and green
gold and silver are mined in the country, but
platinum and titanium are not. Fashion items
from less valuable
materials such as spinel.
However, this pretty decoration has been
made out of almost every kind of precious material.
Although gemstone styling is usually
rather conservative most items are distinctive designer
are only three bigger manufacturer in the country
handcrafted objects is the normality. If
someone is there for what purpose ever it is a good
idea to have a look at one of the jewelry shops at
Bogyoke Market which often have real trendy and
is usually real designer work and
every piece is unique. Some shops
ethnic things for astonishing low
pricing its a immediate impulse
telling purchase it you will
never get anything as similar, as
and for such as low price
In the past all
gemstone items were
somehow very homemade, but
this is changing rapidly.
that the way
with the job
this was a
with a state
After a few
came to a
since a few
again and it
looks as if
they are on
a look at
it gives a
Just look as
a south sea
come in many
look at the
the right, all
they come in
color, a bit
so on. Most
of them are
often as a
add on to
and are look
one of the
and a few
do, the only
they are the
a high value
Since there is silver and gold
production in the country silver for
jewelry and gold for jewellery is
rather normal. Silver is also used
for other items of religious nature
and tableware is also widely
available that's includes decorative
items such as small sailing ships
(about 20-30cm) and more.
semi precious jewelry
also pearls are often used, they are
available in many shops at Bogyoke
market and elsewhere
Semi Precious Jewelry
in Yangon the same is
valid for jade items and ruby jewelry. This market
is the best place to go shopping for unique stuff,
such as local textile, local silk, handicraft,
shops showing an amazing
creativity since the country
was opened up by the
beginning of the1990ties.
When on a shopping tour
plenty of cash needed since
all shops price there items
in dollars, its similar as
in Cambodia, of course you
need some local money,
that's called "Kyat" and by
far the best to change is
also at this market just ask
for a money changer, keep in
mind that nobody takes credit cards.
can see at the jewelry pictures
here, the diversity, beauty and
sophistication of exquisite art and crafts, of course
not all of them. Trendy
jewelry is not high priced popular
jewelry and fashion jewelry.
Not only Burmese ladies like
jewelry, body decoration is an
almost essential item to be dressed,
most popular are ear-rings,
Jade pendants and
is something special, usual are bangles, pendants, rings, bracelets, necklaces and more. In particular to Chinese people who consider the mineral itself has mystic properties.
This green stone was used for various purposes such as knives, arrowheads, stamps and other since the material is very hard and durable, on the other hand it’s not easy to handle it.
Today these precious items are only used for body decoration, without one exception in Chinese medicine; they still pulverize the stone, mix it with water and take to (maybe) cure various ailments.
As for body decoration it comes in various forms such as jade pendants, necklaces, bangles, bracelets, earrings, rings, beads and other, one of the best items made from is a Jade Buddha usually in green, white or lavender color. Jade is the birth stone for people born during Virgo. Jade has been used in China for thousands of years
Green finger ring jewelry
and became part of Chinese culture. Many use pendants as a talisman to provide health and happiness, strong roots in Buddhist culture is seen since most pendants have a Jade Buddha image carved into.
One of the interesting thing with this material is it comes in plenty of colors actually almost all colors of the rainbow, most used colors are the whole green spectrum plus white, lavender, some red colors, such as pink and purple plus variants of blue.
Good quality items always have some translucence, the more, the better a good rich color, good texture, no cracks. It needs to be careful because many crooks .
handling the material in the workshop do all kind of nasty treatment to enhance the mineral. Such as filling cracks with raisin and injecting colors via heat treatment and more. The thing is, a casual jade buyer won’t see this and naturally they won’t tell. The problem starts after some years when the expensive piece starts to deteriorate and it can be thrown away.
is sometimes a cheap stone and sometimes very expensive, easily matching diamonds and other precious stones, e.g. at the Bogyoke Market in Yangon, Myanmar bangles are available for around $ 10, - and up to several thousand dollars, this is genuine Jade Jadeite, the Chinese, Canadian, Australian etc. version of the green stone is nephrite which has a lesser quality than jadeite which is almost only mined in Kachin state Burma, great bracelets and bangles are made from.
Most ethnic jewelry have pretty colors and a somehow unique aura. Various precious and semi precious materials and colors support a valuable appearance.
Since the country has quite a long tradition in working with precious materials artisans show great creativity for new ideas.
Visiting Bogyoke market
in Yangon and have a look for
gorgeous gems, that's possibly the
best start. The diversity of jewelry
on sale is overwhelming in terms of
volume and different materials like
diamond, pearls from
the Andaman Sea and freshwater
Some creative designer jewelry also uses other materials to
be included into a great jewels.
When visiting the country one of the
best daytrips in Yangon is a visit
to the Bogyoke Market.
This wonderful oriental bazaar is in
the old traditions of the
east, its absolute genuine you wont
find this in any other Asian city
anymore without all the technical
marketing tricks everyone get
confronted almost everywhere.
Designer jewelry is very popular
since everyone wants to have something
unique with a distinctive artistic
touch as body decoration. The ideas and fantasies
are limitless and shops showing the latest fashion
ideas, they also have plenty of ethnic jewelry with
great materials and unique designs.