When Richard Diran first came to Myanmar in 1980 searching for rubies and sapphires, he soon realised he had stumbled upon the world's most ethnically diverse _ yet virtually undocumented _ nation of peoples.
FLOATING HISTORY: An Intha fisherman at Inle Lake in Shan state, 1995. PHOTOS: RICHARD DIRAN
"I was drawn further and further out into the hills to find better rubies and sapphires closer to the mines," the former gemologist tells Spectrum.
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