USA Residents Can Purchase and Import Burmese SapphiresA commonly misunderstood fact about the trade sanctions against Myanmar (formerly Burma), by the USA, is that the ban applies to only a few gemstones, mainly Rubies and Jadeite.
The article written and posted on Jewelers Vigilance Committee website clearly states this fact. The article, reprinted below, provides this information. Following the link to their Frequently Asked Questions we also see that the ban does not apply to Sapphires from Myanmar (formerly Burma). FAQ - TRADE IN RUBIES AND JADEITE.
Question Number 8 asks: Does the ban apply to Burmese sapphires?
And answers: The trade ban applies only to Burmese rubies and jadeite, and no other Burmese gemstones.
That Is Great NewsMogok Rubies & Sapphires Ltd cannot sell its renouned Mogok Rubies and Ruby Jewelry to US Residents. It can, however, ship and sell Mogok Sapphires, to US residents.
Now they too can see and feel the splendor of owning extremely rare and beautiful sapphires from this region. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mogok Rubies & Sapphires Ltd.
Jewelers Vigilance CommitteeBorrowed from(with permission): Jewelers Vigilance Committee
United States Renews Trade Ban on Ruby and Jadeite from Myanmar
Congress re-authorized sanctions against Myanmar (formerly Burma), continuing the ban on the import of Ruby and Jadeite into the United States from that country. The bill was signed into law by President Obama on July 28, 2009.
The ban, first established in 2003, was broadened in September, 2008, with the passage of the JADE Act. Since then, it has been illegal to import ruby and jadeite from Myanmar into the US even if the stones were processed in third-party nations, such as Thailand, after leaving Myanmar. The original 2003 legislation allowed a loophole for stones that had been “substantially transformed” in other countries.
The US imposed the sanctions in an effort to stop human-rights abuses on the part of the Myanmar junta against its citizens.