Blue Sapphires from Mogok, Myanmar: A Gemological Review

March 3, 2022

Burmese sapphires are among the most coveted colored gemstones in the world. The historical importance of this source and the fine quality of its high-grade material contribute to the legendary status of these gems. Since Mogok is such a long-known source, there are many classic studies available, but modern analytical data are often missing or not up to current standards.  

Learn more about this topic by Wasura Soonthorntantikul, Ungkhana Atikarnsakul, and Wim Vertriest, published by GIA in Gems & Gemology, including a summary of the characteristics of Burmese sapphires, standard gemological properties, inclusion observations, and spectroscopic and trace element analyses. 

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