Pala International is commissioning a new miniature gem carving collection. They are being carved by master carvers in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. The project employs special tourmaline rough pieces that Bill Larson has carefully selected for several decades from localities worldwide. The collection will feature hummingbirds, parrots—and a few surprises. The carving techniques, while similar to those of the past, have advanced to new levels of perfection in the last 40 years. Artist Gamani Ratnavira will be painting some of these finished objets d’art to add to the excitement.