I kind of lucked out this trip, having a room with white walls and excellent morning light. The hotel I stayed in was new, and didn't exist on my previous trips. This did pose a problem for some of the brokers however, since many had never heard of the hotel or know where it was located.
After a bit of explanation most people were able to find it, and so I was able to conduct business as usual. A downside however, was the relatively small size of the room.
The positives outweighed the negatives of the room, and I ended up having a great stay. A normal day involved looking at stones in the room in the morning - at about 1pm having lunch, then in the afternoon going for a tea in the market.
In the room I was able to look at considerably better level stones than I normally saw in the market.
In addition to all these cut stone, one piece I really fell in love with was a spinel rough. This pieces, being 42cts looks like a great piece to carve.
Also interesting was this collection of Mandarin Garnets. Mandarin's come from a few places - the best known from East Africa. This collection, and most of the Mandarin garnets I saw in Burma were of excellent quality and clarity. Many came however in more brownish tones. This set was really good though, and exhibited more of the desired "Fanta" color.
My trip was quite a bit of work - but it was not only spent looking at gems. I did have a bit of downtime for temple visits and travel photography. The next blog post will highlight a bit of my downtime excursions.