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Burma's many official gem, jade and pearl sales since 1964 now total nearly $20 billion. Pala has combed the Web for data on production, exports and sales. Updated 11/16/16.
This is an ode to Dr. Eduard Gübelin—a pictorial guide to a microscopic world that lets us further appreciate gemstones' external beauty.
In this occasional series, we focus on the artists behind the camera. In our fifth installment, we feature American photographer Sarah Oros, whose image of a fossil coral agate is pictured above.
Your gems deserve a professional. Pala's resident photographer Mia Dixon is now available on Saturdays for the general public.
Jason Stephenson, drawing on Pala's 40+ years of experience, provides a primer on the "pros" in favor of collecting—from the pros.
Synthetic diamonds, fissure filling of ruby, Mozambique ruby, pleochroism (as above), optical crystallography, Brazilian emerald and more.
A Visit With Iris Apfel
For nearly half a century, Pala International has scoured the world to find the rarest and most exceptional colored gemstones.
Numerous annual trips to the world's major gem-producing centers enable our staff to select from an impressive inventory.
In addition to tapping the world's resources for fine colored stones, Pala International has long been involved with mining of tourmaline in San Diego county as well as various gemstone mining ventures in Mexico, Kenya, and Russia.
Our slogan is "The only way to sell quality is to buy it." That, and the fine customer service we offer, make Pala International your number one source for colored stones.