How I Found My Passion for Gemstones

I never collected rocks when I was young. I really never once thought about gems until one day in the summer of 1979 on the campus of Amherst Massachusetts. I was one of 3,600 people participating in a 40 day long meditation retreat. After meditating daily for six hours a day I was in a rarified mental, emotional and spiritual state when a friend mentioned rubies and my entire life changed directions.

I had been searching for a career, something to do with my life, something that was different, and something I would love to do; that’s all I knew. But until that moment, I did not have a clue what it was. Steve said, “See that guy over there, he imports rubies from Thailand”. Suddenly, it was like a lightning bolt of light inside! I knew instantly, with absolute certainty, this was what I would do with my life. That’s what I had been searching for.

Call it an “Aha Moment”. It was like a Karmic clock that struck; and ushered in a beginning of a new life. But from that moment on, everything I did was

At the entrance to the famous Mogok Valley in upper Burma; Ruby Land.

towards that goal of working with and understanding gemstones.

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