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Pala International has consistently earned its reputation as the direct source for the finest colored stones.

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The Importance of African Colored Gemstones in Today's Market

A slide show by Pala’s Bill Larson, presented at the 2012 Arusha International Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Fair


Golden Age of Minerals DVD

It was a one-night only event with the "Who's Who" of the mineral-collecting world in attendance. By the start of the program, it was standing room only in the Sonoran Ballroom at the beautiful Westward Look Resort in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona.

These legends of the mineral collecting world were here to share their thoughts and stories on The Golden Age of Minerals. Charlie Key, Peter Bancroft, Ed Swoboda, David Wilber, Bill Larson and Steve Smale spent the night telling stories and answering questions from the audience about the future of this one-time hobby that quickly turned into a real, full-time profession for thousands of people worldwide.

This was the first, and only, time that a group like this assembled for the general public.  Join us now as these pioneers share an evening with us full of stories, laughter, advice and insight as we begin to unravel The Golden Age of Minerals.

Produced by BlueCap™ Productions

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Videos by Richard W. Hughes

Richard W. Hughes is the founder and managing director of Lotus Gemology, headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand.  He is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on ruby and sapphire. The author of several books and over 150 articles on gems and gemology, his writings and photographs have appeared in a diverse range of publications. 

Lands of Red & Blue

Gemologist and author Richard W. Hughes takes us through the lands of ruby (red) and sapphire (blue).

Images are from the book Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide, available from Lotus Gemology:


From Richard W. Hughes' Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide, available from Lotus Gemology:

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