Yamethin Township, Yamethin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar

The important pegmatite deposit has been known since the British period.

Historically the deposit produced fine and large size minerals, including topaz, beryl and quartz (milky, rose pink and 6-rayed star quartz) often of gem quality. Other gems found here include amazonite, orthoclase, moonstone, danburite, 4-rayed yellowish-brown hessonite, elbaite (rubellite, green, yellow, yellow-orange). Rubies, spinels and sapphires are also recovered from the alluvium.

In September 2001 there were several joint ventures operating the deposit all year around using myaw-dwin and lebin methods to extract gems and minerals from the soft red soil. In November 2003 gem mining was somewhat reduced.

Ref: Ted Themelis (2008) Gems and Mines of Mogok, p. 266

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