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Burmese Ruby Importation Ban Lifted – What Does it Mean?

burma-no-heatRecently, the US government decided to lift the ban on the importation of rubies and jade from Myanmar (Burma) that had been in place since the Lantos JADE act of 2008.  During this time, the prices of Burmese rubies has increased exponentially due to many market conditions and the restricted trade.  So, what will it mean to the American trade and the end consumer now that rubies can now flow freely from Burma?

In simple Economics 101, people would assume that with greater supply that prices would drop.  In most cases this would be true, but in this case, we don’t see a huge number of affordable rubies flooding into the US market.  During the period that this ban was in place, Burmese rubies continued to be sold in every other country in the world.  The supply was still not meeting that demand, thus the increase in prices globally.  There is no huge stockpile of gems in Burma waiting to be sent to the US market.  Yes, they are now available to be imported directly, but US buyers still have to compete with other international buyers for this limited supply.    This competitive market will keep ruby prices high as buyers of fine rubies will pay top price for high quality gemstones for their discerning clients.

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We at Omi Gems are very supportive of the lifting of the ban.  We have maintained the belief since it was implemented that the ban was doing more harm than good to the artisanal miners in the Mogok region.  Our family has a rich history of close ties to Burma.  Five generations have passed since our family mined rubies in Mogok, but we still have strong connections with ruby sources in the country.   We are also very involved with rubies coming out of Mozambique, Madagascar and Tanzania, but we do have a special love for the chromium-rich Burmese gems and their siganture “glow”

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Our current selection of Burmese rubies is very strong and we expect to build it up even more with the freedom of access to new productions.  We have most sizes available from melee up to larger single gemstones.  We are closely monitoring how the market is affected by new Burmese supply and economic softening in Asia, but we are not counting on lower prices based on early indications from the sources.  We will use our relationships to obtain rubies at the best prices we can and pass that value along to our clients.

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Start Your Show with Sapphires! AGTA GemFair Booth 401

It’s our favorite time of year because Tucson is here! Visit us at the AGTA GemFair booth 401 to view our fine colored gemstone collection as well as a great selection of closeouts. We look forward to seeing you!

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Lot No: SA2323
Cushion Sapphire
5.72 carats
9.22 x 8.88 x 7.69 mm
GRS Certificate

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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Lot No: SA2329
Oval Sapphire
4.29 carats
10.58 x 8.44 x 5.92 mm
GRS Certificate

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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Lot No: SA2279
Round Sapphire
1.56 carats
7.57 mm

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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Ruby Rules at AGTA GemFair Tucson Booth 401

It’s our favorite time of year at Omi Gems, as we prepare for the AGTA GemFair in Tucson, AZ. From February 2nd-7th you have the unique opportunity to view our loose gemstone inventory as well as many closeout deals! We have a large selection of fine rubies including matched pairs, suites and no-heat collector quality large singles. View our collection at booth 401 at the AGTA GemFair located in the Tucson Convention Center.

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Register to attend the AGTA GemFair today!

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Add More Color to Your Life at the AGTA GemFair Booth 401

If you haven’t visited Bill Boyajian’s blog, now is the perfect time. Bill is a renowned industry leader and business guru who is always looking for ways to help jewelers thrive. His most recent blog has some great tips on selling colored gemstones and why you should definitely add more color to your life! We look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks at the AGTA GemFair Tucson, booth 401.

By Bill Boyajian as seen on his Blog:
I work with a lot of jewelers and continue to be surprised and disappointed at the lack of colored gemstone jewelry in their stores. I love colored stones, as do most gemologists. That’s why I can’t understand why more independents, in particular, don’t carry as much colored stone jewelry as they should. With the Tucson Shows starting in early February, here are eight reasons why jewelers should stock and promote colored gemstones:

Loose Rubies1. They’re beautiful. Colored gemstones are attractive and add beauty, mystique, and intrigue to your showcases.

2. They set you apart. Instead of having similar items to everyone else, you will stand out from the crowd with fine colored stone jewelry.

3. They let your knowledge show. Your understanding of colored gems builds confidence with your customers. Your knowledge and education will shine.

4. They appeal to the fashion-forward customer. Your clients want to fit in with the fashions of today. Nothing does this like colored gemstone jewelry.

5. Color works 24/7. Colored gemstones are appropriate for almost any occasion, night or day.

6. History and lore abound. Diamonds have a short history and less lore that the wide variety of colored gemstones. Use this to create wide-ranging curiosity and appeal.

7. Consumers can dress for success. Colored gemstones complement the wearer by adding accent to the color of any dress or outfit.

8. They give you margin. Colored stone jewelry doesn’t lend itself easily to price comparison. You have the ability to add profit to your bottom line.

Colored gemstone jewelry is an opportunity waiting to happen for both store owners and consumers. Acquire the right goods at the upcoming Tucson shows and enjoy greater success in 2016!

 

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Ring in the New Year with Fine Blue Sapphires

With the hustle and bustle of Christmas behind us, most of us are using this week to reset and think about our goals for the coming New Year. What better way to brighten up 2016 than with some fine blue sapphires? We have acquired many fine parcels of blue sapphires for your custom designs. View a select few below and call us at 877.OMI.GEMS if you are looking for a specific shape or size. We’re ready to help you make 2016 your most colorful year yet!

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Lot No: SA2323
Cushion Sapphire
5.72 carats
9.22 x 8.88 x 7.69 mm
GRS Certificate

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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Lot No: SA2328
Oval Sapphire
2.08 carats
7.98 x 7.05 x 4.92 mm
GIC Certificate

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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Lot No: SA2329
Oval Sapphire
4.29 carats
10.58 x 8.44 x 5.92 mm
GRS Certificate

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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Lot No: SA2402
Oval Sapphire, Matched Pair
7.92 total carats
9.62 x 7.90 x 6.25 mm & 9.61 x 7.82 x 6.02 mm
GRS Certificate

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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Lot No: SA2260
Oval Sapphire
549 carats
11.92 x 9.91 x 5.75 mm
GIA Certificate

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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Lot No: SA2279
Round Sapphire
1.56 carats
7.57 mm

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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Vote for Your Favorite in the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge

This year, nine designers took the challenge of designing jewelry around a 4.59 carat fancy purple sapphire from Omi Gems. A special daughter about to leave the nest and a natural purple sapphire are at the heart of the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge. Nine designers were supplied with the fictional scenario, presented here, about a father wanting to surprise his graduating daughter with a special gift before sending her out to conquer the world.

Now it’s your turn: Vote for your favorite design by visiting the MJSA.org website and following their voting instructions before October 31, 2015. The winner of the 2015 MJSA Journal A Little Piece of Home Design Challenge will be announced in the December print edition of MJSA Journal.

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Black Opal Opulence

The magical, fiery birthstone for October is opal and we’re thrilled to present some of our finest black opals to date. Few things are as remarkable as the highly prized Australian black opal. The Lightning Ridge area of New South Wales produces a very finite supply of this phenomenal stone. Enjoy the wondrous play-of-color this October from Omi Gems!

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Lot No: OP1035
Oval Black Opal
4.94 carats
14.90 x 12.80 mm

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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Lot No: OP1004
Oval Black Opal
9.96 carats
19.92 x 12.25 mm

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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Lot No: OP1012
Oval Black Opal
6.47 carats
17.50 x 13.00 mm

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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An Atomic Concept for the 8th Design in the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge

Marilyn Robb from Myerson’s Limited in Toronto, Canada approached the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge “A Little Piece of Home” with a design integral to the setting of the center stone, a purple sapphire cushion provided by Omi Gems.

As a design concept, Marilyn focused on the fictional client’s love of science, deciding on an atomic pendant design with the purple sapphire serving as the atom’s nucleus.

Read more about Marilyn’s process and see additional angles of the pendant on the MJSA Design Challenge page.

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Featured Stone for May – Tsavorite Garnet Pear 3.77 carats

Lot No: TS1064
Tsavorite Garnet Pear
3.77 carats
11.69 x 8.40 x 5.62 mm
Rich deeper green but not over dark. Very clean and bright, difficult to find color like this today over 3 carats. GIA certified.

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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Featured Stone for May – Tsavorite Garnet Cushion 2.47 carats

Lot No: TS1101
Tsavorite Garnet Cushion
2.47 carats
7.50 x 7.50 mm
Very nice green, perfect balance and saturation of green. Well cut, clean and bright.

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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