CORUNDUM EXPERT JOINS PALA Ruby and sapphire expert Richard W. Hughes has joined Pala International, importers and exporters of colored gemstones based in Fallbrook, Calif. Hughes will develop Pala Inernational's sales on its Web site, Hughes spent nearly a decade as executive vice president of Bangkok's Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences. He has traveled the world in search of precious stones and is the author of books and articles on all aspects of the gem and jewelry trades. His 1997 book Ruby & Sapphire was highly acclaimed. Most recently, Hughes headed the colored stone department of the Gem Quality Institute in Los Angeles. He is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and a graduate of AIGS. JCK BOLSTERS GLOBAL PRESENCE The JCK International Publishing Group has expanded its global sales operations by adding two intern

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