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Pala International has consistently earned its reputation as the direct source for the finest colored stones.

Burma Sale & Trade Statistics

Burma Sale & Trade Statistics

Sale and Trade Statistics – *Updated 4/16/07

NOTE: We’ve added a special page with all the latest statitics here.

Burma gem sales figures aren’t always easy to come by, so we’ve compiled some, from the following sources: AFP = Agence France-Presse; IPG = Irrawaddy; MT = Myanmar Times; NLM = New Light of Myanmar; PD = People’s Daily, China; YCD = Yangon City Development; XNA = Xinhua.

Annual (Spring) and Mid-Year (Fall) Myanma Gems Emporium
  • *March 2007 (44th): “biggest ever”—more than $125 million? (AFP)
  • October 2006 (15th): estimated at more than $125 million (MT)
  • March 2006 (43rd): about $101 million (PD)
  • October 2005 (14th): almost 70% of $48 million worth on offer (AFP)
  • March 2005 (42nd): unknown sales of $29 million worth on offer (PD)
  • October 2004 (13th): nearly $35 million (MT)
  • March 2004 (41st): nearly $23 million (€18.5 million) (NLM)
  • October 2003 (12th): over $17.9 million (€15.2 million) (NLM)
  • March 2003 (40th): over $23 million (Pala)
  • October 2002 (11th): topped $30 million (MT)
  • March 2002 (39th): about $20 million (Pala)
  • October 2001 (10th): about $9.5 million (Pala)
  • March 2001 (38th): about $10 million (NLM)
  • October 2000 (9th): over $16.5 million, double the previous year (IPG)
  • March 2000 (37th): about $25 million, breaking the 1990 record (XNA)
  • March 1990 (27th): about $14.8 million, a record until 2000 (XNA)
  • Total sales:
    • 1964–2003 – $400 million (MT)
    • 1964–April 2006 (pre-summer sales) – over $500 million (IPG)
    • *1964–October 2006 (before Oct. mid-year sale) – $600 million (PD)
Other Sales
  • 21st Gems & Jade Sales 2006 (UMEHL, Aug–Sep 2006): 321 jade lots sold, but no sales figures (NLM)
  • Myanmar Jade, Gems & Pearls (Jun–Jul 2006): estimated at $125 million, topping the (March) 2006 annual emporium (MT)
Trade Figures (from May 2004 MT special coverage)
  • Precious stone exports: about $60 million from Burma
  • Private gem trading companies: about 1,000 in Burma
  • Tons of jade produced: for fiscal year ending 3/31/03, 10,000—a nearly tenfold increase over FY 1995–96
  • Buyers: Thailand buys 90% of Burmese rubies
Production Figures 1988–2005 (NLM; p. 4 of a PDF, poss. slow download)
  • Gem blocks: 1988 – 8; 2005 – 635
  • Gem production (1000s of cts): 1988 – 126; 2005 – 61,232
  • Jade blocks: 1988 – 3; 2005 – 1,202
  • Jade production (1000s of kilos): 1988 – 130; 2005 – 14,436
  • Pearl camps: 1988 – 2; 2005 – 9
  • Pearl production (mommes): 1988 – 8,488; 2005 – 124,207
  • Gem/mining joint-venture/profit-sharing with private companies: 10 (PD)

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