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Everything you want to know about buying rubies in Myanmar

Join The Gemstone Detective Kim Rix at The Jewellery Cut Live for a talk on travel, food and buying gemstones in the famous Mogok valley

January 17, 2020 By Rachael Taylor


The Gemstone Detective Kim Rix will return to The Jewellery Cut Live for a second season, and this time the author, photographer and gemmologist will give a talk on travelling and buying gemstones in Myanmar.


While researching her seventh Gemstone Detective book, Buying Gemstones and Jewellery in Myanmar, Rix travelled to the country twice last year. The region is famed for its rubies, and has a long and chequered history that has seen its Burmese rubies swing between reverence and revulsion on the global stage.


Rix plans to return to Myanmar in February this year as a guide for a sold-out gem tour into the famous Mogok valleys, where some of the world’s most exquisite rubies have been found. She plans to follow this up with more tours in the future.


At The Jewellery Cut Live, Rix will share her experiences of Myanmar with an audience during a talk titled Gemstone Adventures in Myanmar, offering tips for those who wish to follow in her footsteps. This retelling of first-hand intrepid experiences will also make for a fascinating afternoon for travel enthusiasts and gem lovers.


“There aren’t many unspoilt travel destinations that offer a tourist both an authentic and exciting experience, but Myanmar is certainly one of them,” says Rix, who is passionate not just about the country’s gem exports but its food, architecture, scenery and trekking. “It was so hard to put the camera down. The only time it left my hands was when they served Laphet, a local salad of fermented tea leaves, shredded cabbage, deep-fried beans, nuts, peas and tomatoes, all flavoured with chilli and garlic. You won’t have tasted anything like it before.”



Gemstone Adventures in Myanmar with The Gemstone Detective Kim Rix will take place at 1pm on February 16th, 2020, at The Jewellery Cut Live, held at The Royal Institution, 21 Albermarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BS. Early bird tickets start at £10 (£20 thereafter). Book your ticket here



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