"Home" for the Holidays: The Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals
A look at this hidden gem just outside Portland, Oregon.
December & January Featured Specimens
In this edition we feature an anglesite from Sardinia and a matrix aquamarine from Vietnam.
Taking the Tourmaline Cure
Trips to the tailings of the tourmaline mines in the Pala District helped Uncle Peanut in his alcohol recovery.
Dance of Digging
Ra Paulette is a architectural sculptor whose medium is the sandstone cliffs of northern New Mexico. His commissioned works have taken years to complete.
School of Moons
Before the opening of the Intergem exhibition two gemstone competitions were held, for which Pala International's Bill Larson was tapped in his capacity as an expert in the field.
Nel Gabinetto Cristallo
On display now, in an exhibition that has been extended to January 2016, is "Cristalli: The World's Most Dazzling Exhibition."
El Dorado de California y Colorado
It's been decades since a 6-lb gold nugget has been unearthed in California. In July, an anonymous prospector did just that.
What Was in the Punch? Stewart Mine Bash 1970
As Pala turns 45, we turn away from the beginnings of the gem and mineral industry in San Diego County to the beginnings of Pala International itself.
Tucson Time: February 3–15, 2015
After the holidays, we’re looking forward to the world’s greatest gem and mineral show in February.
Hard Table: Louvre Seeks Zellenmosaic Masterpiece