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

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Taafeite

This month we feature a selection of taaffeites from Sri Lanka and Burma.

It's sometimes difficult to find a single taaffeite, so this group of graduating sizes is quite a rare sight. Taaffeites are found in conjunction with spinels and are often mistaken and mixed in with spinel parcels. Taaffeites and spinels come from similar areas, have similar properties and come in similar colors. Identifying a taaffeite in a spinel parcel is a real find, since they are very rare and sought-after by the true connoisseur of collectable gems. Taaffeite crystals, like spinel, don't grow very large, so this 8.5-carat pentagon pictured below is rare in every sense of the word.

For more on taaffeite, see Gemdat.

Fab four. From left, 8.50-carat purple pentagon from Sri Lanka (sold), 1.66-carat lavender trillion from Burma's Mogok Stone Tract (#7805), 2.35-carat brown oval from Sri Lanka (sold), and 4.28-carat mauve oval from Sri Lanka (sold). (Photo: Mia Dixon)

Fab four. From left, 8.50-carat purple pentagon from Sri Lanka (sold), 1.66-carat lavender trillion from Burma's Mogok Stone Tract (#7805), 2.35-carat brown oval from Sri Lanka (sold), and 4.28-carat mauve oval from Sri Lanka (sold). (Photo: Mia Dixon)

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