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Chanthaburi . 2007-12-08
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Spinel from Burma and Tanzania
A new arrival of Burma spinels from a new mine brings excitement on our market, especially in these times of tough junta rule

Nice pieces of spinel are difficult to find on the market since long time and this material is becoming scarcer except sometimes some Vietnam stones, too brown to find customers.
A new arrival of Burma spinels from a new mine brings excitement on our market, especially in these times of tough junta rule. Material shown on offer was in the 3 to 5 carats sizes a few stones weighting over 5 carats. All of this material was of exceptional color and clarity.
After a few weeks and quite surely a few bottles, all his material being sold, broker confessed that it was coming from Tanzania.
A gemstone with a tag from Burma raise far more offers than with a Tanzania tag.
Now we wait to see the smaller stones from this new african source to enter the Chanthaburi market.

Source : Roger Pingley
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