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February & March Featured Specimens

In this edition we feature a multi-colored tourmaline on quartz from Brazil and a benitoite on natrolite. Two classics. [more…]

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Tucson Time: February 3–15, 2015

We’re looking forward to the world’s greatest gem and mineral show. [more…]

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Worth the Wait: Trésors de la Terre

Last fall, Pala International received an invitation to the long-awaited opening of the mineralogical and geological hall at the Múseum national d'Histoire naturelle in Paris. [more…]

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Pala's Gem Spectrum in Chinese Translation

The third in our series of Chinese translations: "Collecting… It's not just a hobby." [more…]

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And the Winners Are…

Gemologists John Koivula and Elise Skalwold are to receive awards at Tucson for their "Microworld of Diamonds: Images from Earth's Mantle." [more…]

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"It became necessary to destroy the town desert to save it"

An alliance of rockhounds, environmentalists and more critique an energy plan in Southern California. [more…]

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Nuggets Nabbed in Frisco

Thieves drove an SUV through the door of a Wells Fargo Bank, but left valuable objects behind. [more…]

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Spanns in the Spotlight

Collectors Gail Copus Spann and Jim Spann are the subjects of a profile in Antiques and Auction News. And Gail Spann's Tucson 2014 talk is available for listening. [more…]

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Diamonds and Rust

From thirty thousand itty-bitty diamonds in Siberia to the Martian crust in Morocco. [more…]

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Complementary Colors: Emerald and Amethyst

The legend of the "Bahia" Emerald continues while architects envision a hotel in the form of an amethyst geode. [more…]

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Recycle Bin

• Himalaya Holler: A call for tales from the famous mine in Southern California [more…]

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