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The world renound ruby mines at Mogok, Burma

The sapphire mines at Bang Kacha, Chanthaburi, Thailand.

Gem mining at Pailin, Cambodia.

Sapphire mining at Bo Ploi, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Ruby mining at Bo Rai, Trat, Thailand.

The marble village of Sagyin, Shan State, Burma.

The Sapphire Mines at Bang Kacha Page 2

Inspecting the crystal after splitting.

Inspecting the crystal after splitting.

 

A bucket full of sapphire crystals after washing.

A bucket full of sapphire crystals after washing.

 

Inspecting a large green sapphire crystal with a fibre optic light.

Inspecting a large green sapphire crystal with a fibre optic light.

 

A large piece of black spinel or 'nin'.

A large piece of black spinel or 'nin'.

 

A large golden sapphire crystal.

A large golden sapphire crystal.

 

Another open cast mining operation.  

Another open cast mining operation.

 

Washing the soil in a rotating drum.

Washing the soil in a rotating drum.

 

Washing the soil in a rotating drum.

Washing the soil in a rotating drum.

 

Washing the soil in a rotating drum.

Washing the soil in a rotating drum.

 

Washing the soil in a rotating drum.

Washing the soil in a rotating drum.

 

Tipping soil into the rotating drum.

Tipping soil into the rotating drum.

 

Looking into the rotating drum.

 

A veteran miner

A veteran miner.

 

Lots of noise, water, pumps & pipes.

Lots of noise, water, pumps & pipes.

 

The pulsating jig washing the gem gravel.

The pulsating jig washing the gem gravel.

 

 Pumping the gravel up to the jig.

Pumping the gravel up to the jig.

 

Pumping the gravel up to the jig.

Pumping the gravel up to the jig.

 

The two pumps under the jig.

The two pumps under the jig.

 

The water and gravel pumped into the top of the jig.

The water and gravel pumped into the top of the jig.

 

Chocolate coloured water pouring down off the jig into a previously dug out pit.

Chocolate coloured water pouring down off the jig into a previously dug out pit.

 

Another shot of the jig.

Another shot of the jig.

 

The jig from above.

The jig from above.

 

The mine owner discussing his production with me.

The mine owner discussing his production with me.

 

Matching untreated orange coloured Bang Kacha sapphires in a bracelet.

Matching untreated orange coloured Bang Kacha sapphires in a bracelet.

 

These three ladies run a side of the road food stand in the centre of  town and make the most amazing food.

These three ladies run a side of the road food stand in the centre of

 town and make the most amazing food.

 

 

 

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