Myanmar's rarest gem

Myanmar is famous for its jade and rightly so, as Myanmar produces over 70% of the world's jadeite (a type of jade). The jadeite deposits found in Myanmar's northern regions are the highest quality jadeite in the world.

Jade however is not Myanmar's most precious gem. Read the article about painite, one of the rarest gems in the world, found only in Myanmar, and answer the eight questions below with NO MORE than THREE WORDS from the text.

  1. What three characteristics define a 'gem'?

  2. To be considered durable, what must a stone be resistant to?

  3. What is the criteria for valuing gems usually called?

  4. What is the Argyle mine reknowned for?

  5. Where in the Mogok region are precious stones found?

  6. Which chemical elements occur together only in painite?

  7. Which scientific field is diamond cutting based on?

  8. What do diamond cutters do to stones to increase light reflection and dispersal?

When you are ready, enter your answers in the test sheet below


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