September 2016

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Shows & Events


Illuminations: Earth to Jewel

Crevoshay in Paris, Nov. 9, 2016 to Feb. 1, 2017

From August 18 to 30, Sotheby's will offer its first online jewelry sale, featuring thirty-two jewels by Tony Duquette.

Our friend Eloïse Gaillou, Associate Curator of Musée de minéralogie MINES ParisTech, tipped us off regarding an upcoming exhibit at the museum, which is located a stone's throw from the Sorbonne. Master jewelry artist Paula Crevoshay presents "Illuminations: Earth to Jewel," which pairs her own creations with gem crystal specimens from the museum's holdings.
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Pork Belly "To Go" on Sunday

San Franciscans and visitors have but three more days to catch the "Priceless Pork Belly" on view at the Asian Art Museum. The "meat-shaped stone" is part of "Emperors' Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei."
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Pala International News


Pala's Featured Stones

San Diego's Very Own Fall Harvest

As San Diego cools down we turn our eyes to rapidly approaching Autumn—and we are very inspired by the tones of these exquisite San Diego County bi-color tourmalines.
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Gem and Gemology News


Maw Sit Sit Masquerade

In September 2015, the Hong Kong Jewelery and Gem Fair saw a healthy amount of green stone sold to dealers as Maw Sit Sit, but hailing from a new deposit not in Burma, its only known locality.
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Industry News

Hall and Bridges

Out Of Africa?

The October edition of Men's Journal holds a six-page story on an unlikely subject: the life, death, and aftermath of Campbell Bridges, discoverer of the gemstone tsavorite.
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Sapphire at Sotheby's

Sapphire is September's birthstone, and upcoming sales at Sotheby's celebrate the stone in style.
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Burma Bits

Aung San Suu Kyi and Barak Obama

U.S. to terminate the 'National Emergency' for Myanmar

That's today's headline on the Mizzima News website. As we've noted before, the years—decades—of sanctions against Burma were warranted by the "National Emergency with respect to Burma." The emergency was ended yesterday by President Obama after he met in Washington with Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Secrets of the Gem Trade, Second Edition

by Richard W. Wise

Gemstone aficionados are anticipating the November release of the second edition of Richard W. Wise's Secrets of the Gem Trade: The Connoisseur's Guide to Precious Gemstones. First published in 2003, the revised edition contains twenty-five percent more content, eleven new chapters, five new introductory chapters, and 171 new photographs. The book also addresses new discoveries since the book's first publication.
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Title Page

Russia's Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones – Kindle Edition

Last December, we noted GIA's announcement that it will digitize one hundred of its rarest books each year. These books are housed at the institution's Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library, but 223 of the works are currently available at GIA's collection. A week ago, GIA announced that it has digitized a rare 1925 catalog of the Romanoff jewels.
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Pala Presents

Gems Illustration

Portfolio of Gems

This month, we feature the last eight of sixteen illustrations from a German textbook that were reproduced as part of a gemology correspondence course. Each illustration is captioned in German, with an English translation.
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Note: Palagems selects much of its material in the interest of fostering a stimulating discourse on the topics of gems, gemology, and the gem industry. Therefore the opinions expressed here are not necessarily those held by the proprietors of Palagems.


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