AZGem Gems
November, 2007

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Written by Carolyn Doyle for customers of
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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.


Burma Gem Boycott


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Burma gem boycott is gaining momentum - or similar words, are the headline for many current gem and jewelry industry news stories.

The (Myanmar) Burma gem boycott effort is a direct result of the recent Myanmar government's killing of Buddhist monks and other pro-democracy demonstrators.

The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO), is among the latest groups and organization to condemn the repression of human rights in Burma.

This week the CIBJO Presidents Council issued a statement that vigorously condemns the ruling party for its human rights abuses. The Presidents Council also calls on members of CIBJO’s member organizations to refrain from purchasing gemstones from the Myanmar government.

The statement text is reprinted here:

CIBJO deplores the violent repression of individuals, human rights and democracy in Burma and fully supports the UN Human Rights Council Resolution S-5/1: “Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar” of October 2nd 2007.  CIBJO also fully supports the UN Security Council statement of October 11th 2007.

CIBJO reminds its members of their commitments to abiding with the CIBJO Code of Ethics, with current particular regard to the situation in Burma.

CIBJO advises its member associations to urge their members to seek information from their suppliers as to whether gemstones have originated from Burma and to consider seriously refraining from purchasing any Burmese gemstones until such time as the United Nations indicate that the process of democratic reform has started in Burma.

CIBJO further advises its member associations to urge their members not to purchase gemstones directly from the Myanmar Junta Government.

CIBJO President’s Council  

Many leading gem and jewelry businesses are supporting the effort, including most gem dealers and jewelers Cartier, Bulgari, and Tiffany & Co.

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Recently the industry organization Jewelers of America sent a letter to its 11,000 members requesting their participation in an industry-initiated moratorium on selling any gems known or suspected to have been mined in Burma.

Experience with "blood diamonds" tells us that consumers will join the boycott as the effort is publicized.

Burma has been the preferred source for rubies for many years. It has also been a major source for jade, spinel, and sapphire.

That will change with this boycott... and Burma may never regain a dominant position in the world as the preferred source for ruby and jade.

There are other sources for ruby in south Asia and other world locations. A ruby-bearing geologic feature runs from Afghanistan to Vietnam, so ruby production should increase in several locations along this belt.

Ruby deposits in Madagascar and a few African countries also produce gem quality stones.

Gem dealers and jewelers are now beginning to require certification of origin to verify where the gems they are buying are actually from. Thisburma gem boycott safeguard will drastically reduce the smuggling of Burmese gems to other countries, and then to be sold on the world market.

Those dealers and cutters buying gems along the Thai-Myanmar border are presumably threatened with extinction if they do not adapt quickly by moving their operations to neighboring countries.

I would think these people and the communist governments of the world are the only ones opposing the boycott.

Editorial Note: Instantly Wrong!      The paragraph above was written on 10/26/2007. On that same day, the  International Colored Gemstone Association issued a statement "condemning the human rights abuses of government protestors in Burma (Myanmar), but also cautioning the jewelry industry from imposing a systematic ban of Burmese gems."

We source few gems from Burma, and we will decline to sell the ones we have during the boycott (presumably several years). Most of our ruby and other gems come from Madagascar and Sri Lanka.

To inquire about loose colored gems, finished jewelry, or loose accent stones just send me an email to tell me what you want.


Click on the box... and have Google start putting money in your bank account!

burma gem boycott is a keyword search phrase that returns a number of internet listings and ads with additional information and photos from Google.




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Gem Industry News...


World Jewelry Center


This past May when we attended the Las Vegas Gem and Jewelry Shows, we stayed at a downtown hotel. We had never seen the downtown area, and Freemont Street and we were curious.

This hotel (and casino, of course) is located across the street from Freemont Street with its huge covered walkway and light show. The photo below shows the Fremont Street canopy as seen from my hotel room.

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The several casinos located along this walkway have "older Las Vegas" character, and the light show is interesting and worth seeing. I am glad we had the experience. 

But what I found equally interesting is the land behind the hotel. I am informed this land was a railroad yard. It is now being redeveloped as a business center. One of the planned high rise building to be located here will be the World Jewelry Center. This center is being touted as a new world class home for gem and jewelry industry heavyweights.

We will talk more about the World Jewelry Center next month.


Now, on a completely different note... I received this email note today:

When you are making out your Christmas card list this year,
 please include the following:
                       A Recovering American Soldier
                       c/o Walter Reed Army Medical  Center
                       6900 Georgia Avenue,NW
                       Washington,D.C... 20307-5001
If you approve of the idea, please pass it on to your e-mail list.



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Jewelry Dealers


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Now is the time to begin implementing your holiday marketing plan. Your plan should be fully implemented before Thanksgiving.

Your plan should be updated and refined, based on factors such as last year's experience, current trends, and the higher price of gold.

If you do not have a plan, you should begin to develop a plan now! 

Do you have a theme?
Will you promote a particular gem or piece of jewelry?
Is your email list fresh?
How will you contact your customers to remind them to start thinking about their gift giving?
Will you be contacting customers individually?
Will you have an event (showing) with individual followup?

Your customers are your business. Treat them well.


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Jewelry Dealers Program

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Do you enjoy talking with friends and co-workers?

Could you use an extra income source?

Take a look at our great Jewelry Dealers Program.



Carolyn Doyle

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