Gem lab in Sa­gaing to be fin­ished in Jan­uary

The Myanmar Times - - Business - THAN NAING SOE thannaing­soe@mm­ – Trans­la­tion by San Layy

THE Sa­gaing Gems En­trepreneurs As­so­ci­a­tion broke ground on a gem lab­o­ra­tory in Sa­gaing town yes­ter­day, aim­ing to make it eas­ier for lo­cal traders to check the qual­ity of their pre­cious stones.

The fa­cil­ity, which is be­ing con­structed with a con­tri­bu­tion of K200 mil­lion from the head of the as­so­ci­a­tion, will help as­sess the value and test the au­then­tic­ity of the gems, ac­cord­ing to U Aung Gyi, chair of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“We ex­pect to open in the last week of Jan­uary next year,” he said.

The new lab will make it eas­ier for gem sellers to do busi­ness, he added.

“Gems are usu­ally checked at the pri­vate lab­o­ra­tory in Man­dalay, but when it is opened in here, it will save time and money,” said U Aung Gyi. “And also, the gems can be traded with a guar­an­tee.”

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