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Globe photoillustration Collecting and Investing in World Class Gemstones
Pala International is endowed with some of the industry’s top consultants and specialists in the world of colored gemstones, with 40 years of observing and experiencing the gem and financial markets as they take their course. This article, by Pala’s Jason Stephenson, is a reflection on that experience: a primer on the “pros” in favor of collecting—from the pros.

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 at right.

See also our other three features, on the work of French photographer Bruno Cupillard, American photographer Jeffrey Scovil, Thai photographer Wimon Manorotkul, and Dutch photographer Fred Kruijen.

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Mexican Fire Opal photo image The Internal World of Gemstones
This is an ode to Dr. Eduard Gübelin—a pictorial guide to a microscopic world that lets us further appreciate gemstones’ external beauty.
Private Eyes
Gabrièl Mattice celebrates her 20th year with Pala International by allowing us to peek behind the scenes of world-class gemstone and mineral specimen acquisition.
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Moussa Konate photo image The Path to Paraiba Winds Through Mozambique
Pala’s Jason Stephenson recounts the history of gems in southern Africa and traces the steps of Moussa Konate (pictured at right), who discovered paraiba-type tourmaline in Mozambique.
Burma Gem Sales and Statistics
Burma’s many official gem, jade, and pearl sales since 1964 now total roughly $8 billion. has combed the Web for historical data on production, exports, and sales. Updated 7/16/15
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The odd, the unusual, the beautiful
Welcome to the Collector’s Corner, a special part of devoted solely to the gem collector. Here we are proud to present a few of our more unusual items, complete with special prices discounted from retail for collectors. (Note: Trade members who have obtained a log-in and password from Pala can view our wholesale prices in our regular database.)

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Pala International is home to some of the planet’s finest gems, precious stones and mineral specimens. Here you will find colored stones of every persuasion, including fine Burma ruby, Burma sapphire, Ceylon sapphire, Kashmir sapphire, alexandrite, cat’s eye, tourmaline (including rubellite tourmaline), spinel, garnets such as tsavorite, demantoid, rhodolite and spessartite, imperial topaz, aquamarine, emerald, and a plethora of others. also features educational articles on all aspects of gems, gemology, and mineral specimens.

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