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Sri Lanka Flooding

In June of this year the island of Sri Lanka was hit by terrible flooding in the aftermath of tropical cyclone Mora. As a result a hill collapsed outside the gem trading town of Ratnapura, destroying at least fifteen homes and burying dozens of people. So far the casualty count for the flooding is around 150 people.  In an effort to help our friends and colleagues in the area, RareSource has partnered with the AGTA in donating to the Ratnapura Relief Fund. To give money to the Ratnapura Relief Fund, contact the AGTA at or 800-972-1162

14th Annual Sinkankas Syposium : Sapphire


We are pleased to announce that Edward has been asked to speak at this years Sinkankas Symposium. The symposium is an event where noted experts within the gem community are each asked to give a presentation on an aspect of the current years topic. Edward will be presenting on the relevant topic of Sapphire Origin Determination: Past and Present.  The event will be hosted at the Gemological Institute of America’s  Robert Mouawad Campus in Carlsbad, California.

AGTA Las Vegas 2016

The team at RareSource would like to thank Group shot Las Vegas 2016everyone who visited our booth and contributed to our successful show.  As usual our booth was filled with a large assortment of untreated and special gems. Some of our favorites included a 20ct tsavorite garnet, a 11ct+ vivid red spinel from Tanzania and a 14ct rich green paraiba tourmaline. As we reflect on the show  we are once again reminded how blessed we are to be able to work in such an incredibly diverse trade that is filled with so many friends.  We look forward to seeing you at the next show.