I am so fortunate to have been able to visit Mogok. The last time I visited Myanmar in 2018, Mogok was closed so I could not complete my research. I was only able to visit Mandalay and Yangon.
But, after a successful three-day event to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Mogok in March 2018, the Government in Myanmar re-opened the doors to Mogok (a city in the Pyin Oo Lwin District of the Mandalay Region of Myanmar), granting access to international tourists and visitors.
I jumped at the opportunity to visit Mogok and explore the region, 200kms north of Mandalay. And now that I have been, I can complete my writing – the next book in the Gemstone Detective series – Buying Gemstones & Jewellery in Myanmar .
I can confidently say that this essential guide for tourists will be published in mid 2020. Pre-order your author-signed copy now!
Although I have not quite finished writing the travel guide, which will be a valuable resource for gem collectors, I am delighted to have been asked to share my knowledge and photos at the Scottish Gemmological Association November Symposium on Saturday 9th November, 2019.
I am also organising a Gem Tour for 2020. Mogok is not an area to travel alone so if you would like to visit Mogok, sign up to hear more about Gem Tours with Gemstone Detective.
Kim Rix, GG GIA – author and speaker