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AIGS Launches Book About Myanmar’s Mogok Gems Valley




(PRESS RELEASE) BANGKOK – A new book about Myanmar’s remote Mogok gems valley, the source of some of the world’s finest rubies and sapphires, is being launched at the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

“MOGOK, The Valley of Precious Stones”, published by the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS), is an exploration narrative, as well as an ethnographic reportage and scientific reference book.

The book was produced by a “dream team” of renowned gemmologists (Emmanuel Fritsch, Franck Notari, Thomas Hainschwang, and Candice Caplan), and respected reporter/photographer Jean-Baptiste Rabouan.

“We conducted five expeditions of unprecedented scale and scope, enabling us to travel through the entire valley, visiting normally inaccessible mines, and collecting precious samples,” said Executive Editor Kennedy Ho, Chairman of AIGS.

“Many of our observations and conclusions are discoveries that are published here for the first time,” he added.

“Experts, teachers and students of gemmology will find in this work previously unavailable, often surprising, yet highly precise information on the incredible ‘natural gemstone factory’ that is the Mogok Valley.”


The book is also a plea for socially equitable and environmentally sustainable mining, Kennedy Ho added.

Mogok has a tradition of small-scale mining operations that are currently under threat from mechanised techniques.

The book conveys the beauty of Mogok and its gems.

“The photographs taken in the field as well as the laboratory images created using electronic microscopes, reveal an array of unique mineral wonders, including rubies, spinels, peridots, sapphires, and even the mysterious johachidolite, less well-known, but no less resplendent,” Kennedy Ho said.


The team provide fascinating insights into their work, including quality assessment and valuation of rubies, sapphires, spinels, peridots and other treasures of Mogok.

This unprecedented exploration of the Mogok Valley, made possible by the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences, has unearthed some fascinating new discoveries, resulting in a new reference work for scientists, devotees of precious stones and travellers seeking a truly unique experience.

The full-colour hardcover book with 192 pages, costs USD100, and will be available at the AIGS booths at the Hong Kong fair.

Interested people can visit AIGS at the Lab booth: AWE 6P00 (12-16 September 2018) and the School booth: CEC 3M062a (14-18 September 2018.)






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