Archive for November, 2008

***IMPORTANT NEWS*** Released by Pala International on Andesine

November 21st, 2008 No comments

Here are some important quotes, bold added by me for importance.

Dr. Rossman found that each locality’s material has an identifiable fingerprint, leading his team to identify the gems provided by JTV and others as coming from China rather than Oregon or Mexico; he also determined that the reds and greens seen in the trade are produced by heat treatment

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New ISG Report: Tibetan Intrigue… there really a mine in Tibet?

November 21st, 2008 No comments

In spite of recent reports, many questions still linger on the Tibet mine!
The andesine saga has taken a turn for the worse. It has gone from: Is it diffused? To: Who is responsible for this fraud? And indeed there are a number of players to choose from when accessing responsibility for what has turned into a multimillion dollar scandal perpetrated on consumers world wide.

Here is a link to the full report:

Reconstituted Larimar Now On The Market

November 21st, 2008 No comments

Pleae be aware that there is reconstituted Larimar being sold on the market now. Some selling it for what it is and others selling it as natural Larimar, sadly.

Welcome to

November 18th, 2008 No comments

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