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  • Book of Ruby & Sapphire (2012) • Lotus Gemology

    The Book of Ruby & Sapphire by J.F. Halford-Watkins

    The Book of Ruby and Sapphire

    J.F. Halford-Watkins  |  2012

    Prior to the 1930s, ruby and sapphire were mysteries, arcane gems oft-confused with spinel and other look-alikes. Enter Col. J.F. Halford-Watkins. Living in Mogok for more than two decades, he penned several articles and an entire monograph on the subject of these rare gems. Sadly he passed away before it could be published. In 1994, Richard Hughes came across a reference to the manuscript. Patrick Streeter, grandson of G. Skelton Streeter, and great grandson of the famed London jeweler, Edwin Streeter, had mentioned the Halford-Watkins manuscript while writing his book, Streeter of Bond Street. Following up on that obscure reference Richard Hughes stumbled upon something truly fantastic, an undiscovered treasure of the gemological literature. Over ten years in the making, The Book of Ruby and Sapphire  is the realization of Halford-Watkins’ vision. Professionally edited and illustrated, it represents a gemological tour de force.

    Still in Print. To order this book click this link

  • Book Review • Imperial Jade of Burma & Mutton-Fat Jade of India • Lotus Gemology

    Book Review • Imperial Jade of Burma & Mutton-Fat Jade of India • Lotus Gemology

    Samuels, S.K. (2014) Imperial Jade of Burma and Mutton-Fat Jade of India: Mining, Trade, and Use from Antiquity to the Present. SKS Enterprises, Inc., Tucson, AZ, USA, 248 pp. ISBN: 978-0-9725323-4-1

  • Burma's Jade Mines • An Annotated Occidental History • Lotus Gemology

    Burma's Jade Mines • A History

    The history of Burma's jade mines, as seen through Western eyes, from the earliest accounts through World War II.

  • Burma’s Jade Mines • Tracing the Green Line • Lotus Gemology

    Tracing the Green Line • A Journey to Burma’s Jade Mines

    In 1996, several gemologists set off for Burma's remote jade mines, the first visit by foreigners since the early 1960's. This is the story of their epic journey.

  • Burmese Jade • The Inscrutable Gem • Lotus Gemology

    Burmese Jade  |  The Inscrutable Gem

    Myanmar's jadeite mines occupy a privileged place, representing the planet's principal source of fine jadeite jade. This article covers the deposits themselves, along with the cutting, grading and trading of jadeite.

  • Burmese Sapphire Giants • Lotus Gemology

    Burmese Sapphire Giants

    A brief history of Burmese (Myanmar) sapphires, along with details of some of the major pieces of yore.

  • From Peacock to Pigeon's Blood • Lotus Gemology Color Types

    From Peacock to Pigeon's Blood: Deconstructing Lotus Color Types

    A brief description of the color types for ruby and sapphire used at Lotus Gemology.

  • Jade Buying Guide • Jade Auction Records • Lotus Gemology

    Jade Buying Guide • LotusGemology.com

    This article discusses the factors that influence quality and what to look for when buying both jadeite and nephrite. A list of jade auction records is also included.

  • Lotus Gemology Lab Alert for Oiled Gems

    Lotus Gemology warns that oiled rubies, sapphires and spinels are entering the Bangkok wholesale market in increasing numbers. Most, but not all, of these gems are originating from Burma.

  • Mogok Geology Primer • Rock Talk • Lotus Gemology

    Rock talk  |  A Mogok Geology Primer

    A look at the geology of Myanmar's Mogok Stone Tract, home to pigeon's blood rubies and so much more…

  • Mogok Revisited • A Brief Stay in Heaven • Lotus Gemology

    Mogok

    An account of a 2013 visit to Mogok – Myanmar's fairy-tale wonderland.

  • Pigeon's Blood • Pilgrimage to Mogok – Valley of Rubies • Lotus Gemology

    Pigeon's Blood • A Pilgrimage to Mogok – Valley of Rubies

    The author makes his first pilgrimmage to Burma's Mogok Stone Tract.

  • Ruby & Sapphire • A Collector's Guide • Order Page • Lotus Gemology

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide

    Introducing…

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector’s Guide

    by Richard W. Hughes
    with photographs by Wimon Manorotkul and E. Billie Hughes

    This impressive coffee-table style volume takes readers into the secret world of ruby and sapphire, through the pen and lens of international expert, Richard Hughes. The author guides readers with the steady eye of a connoisseur, explaining what collectors should look for in ruby and sapphire. Many pictured pieces feature actual auction prices, aiding collectors in their buying decisions. Illustrated with more than 400 magnificent color photographs, for anyone with an interest in precious stones, this is a visual and intellectual feast of the most delicious order.

    Published 2014; Available Now!

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    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Contents

    Content

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Résumé

    1. Résumé

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Résumé

    History

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Source

    2. Source

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Source

    Geology

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Valley of Serpents

    Valley of Serpents

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Valley of Serpents

    Afghanistan

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Australia

    Australia

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – India

    India

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Kenya

    Kenya

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Malawi

    Laos

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Madagascar

    Madagascar

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Malawi

    Malawi

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Mozambique

    Mozambique

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Myanmar

    Myanmar

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Nepal

    Nepal

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Nepal

    Pakistan

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Rwanda

    Rwanda

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Tajikistan

    Tajikistan

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Tanzania

    Tanzania

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Thailand & Cambodia

    Thailand & Cambodia

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Thailand & Cambodia

    Thailand & Cambodia

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Montana

    USA–Montana

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Vietnam

    Vietnam

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Connoisseur

    3. Connoisseur

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Connoisseur

    Cutting

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Connoisseur

    From Pigeon's Blood to Peacock's Neck

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Connoisseur

    Ruby & Sapphire Prices

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Connoisseur

    Does Size Matter?

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Connoisseur

    The Tao of Jewelry

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Forensic

    4. Forensic

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Forensic

    Inner Space

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Forensic

    Enhancements

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Forensic

    Connoisseurship of Crystals

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Forensic

    5. Heart

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Forensic

    Gem Cutting in Thailand

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Forensic

    The Thai Jeweler's Art

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Library

    6. Library

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Library

    Library

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Library

    Library

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Portfolio

    7. Portfolio

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Portfolio

    Portfolio

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide – Index

    Index

     

  • Ruby & Sapphire • A Gemologist's Guide • Order Page • Lotus Gemology

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide

    Introducing…

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide

    by Richard W. Hughes
    with Wimon Manorotkul and E. Billie Hughes

    This massive volume is the most comprehensive book ever written on a single precious stone. Designed as a companion volume to Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide, it is aimed specifically at working gemologists, appraisers and students. Based on Richard W. Hughes' 1997 classic, Ruby & Sapphire, this edition is fully updated. The product of nearly 40 years of firsthand experience and research, it covers every aspect of the subject from A–Z. History, sources, prices, quality analysis, synthetics and treatments, everything is here. Ruby & Sapphire—A Gemologist’s Guide represents the definitive reference on the subject. With over 1000 photos, maps and illustrations and 3500 references, it is nothing less than a tour-de-force of gemological scholarship.

     

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    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Gallery

    Gallery

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Gallery

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Gallery

     

    Title Page

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Title Page

     

    Contents

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Contents

     

    Contents

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Contents

     

    Introduction

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Introduction

     

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – History

    1. History

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – History

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – History

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Chemistry & Crystallography

    2. Chemistry & Crystallography

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Chemistry & Crystallography

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Chemistry & Crystallography

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Properties & Phenomena

    3. Properties & Phenomena

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Properties & Phenomena

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Properties & Phenomena

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Color, Spectra & Luminescence

    4. Color & Luminescence

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Color, Spectra & Luminescence

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Color, Spectra & Luminescence

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Inclusions

    5. Inclusions

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Inclusions

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Inclusions

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Treatments

    6. Treatments

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Treatments

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Treatments

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Synthetic Corundum

    7. Synthetic Corundum

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Synthetic Corundum

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Synthetic Corundum

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Assembled Stones

    8. Assembled Stones

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Assembled Stones

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Assembled Stones

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Methods of Fashioning

    9. Methods of Fashioning

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Methods of Fashioning

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Methods of Fashioning

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Judging Quality

    10. Judging Quality

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Judging Quality

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Judging Quality

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Geology

    11. Geology

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Geology

     

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Geology

     

     

    12. World Sources

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources

     

     

    Afghanistan

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Afghanistan

    Australia

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Australia

    China

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: China

    Colombia

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Colombia

    France & Greenland

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: France & Greenland

    India

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: India

    Kenya

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Kenya

    Laos

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Laos

    Madagascar

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Madagascar

    Malawi

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Malawi

    Mozambique

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Mozambique

    Myanmar

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Myanmar

    Nepal & Nigeria

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Nepal & Nigeria

    Pakistan

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Pakistan

    Rwanda

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Rwanda

    Sri Lanka

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Sri Lanka

    Tajikistan

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Tajikistan

    Tanzania

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Tanzania

    Thailand/Cambodia

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Thailand/Cambodia

    USA

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: USA

    Vietnam

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – World Sources: Vietnam

     

    Appendix A: Tagore's Mani-Mala

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Appendix A: Tagore's Mani-Mala

     
     

    Appendix B: Prices & ID Flow Charts

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Appendix B: Prices & ID Flow Charts

     
     

    Index

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Index

     

     

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    Errata

    A few comments from reviewers…

    Voilà un livre de poids, 735 pages et plus de 4 kg qui enrichira vos connaissances historiques comme scientifiques et gemmologiques. L' auteur, bien connu des gemmologues, nous offre un nouveau voyage dans l' univers des corindons. C' est un livre à regarder, approcher, toucher, feuilleter, découvrir enen l' ouvrant avec à la fois impatience et retenue, pour finalement s' y abandonner. C' est une leçon de vie, un livre-compagnon à déguster sans modération.

    Association Française de Gemmologie

     
     
  • Ruby Connoisseurship • Seeing Red • Lotus Gemology

    Seeing Red  |  A Guide to Ruby Connoisseurship

    A loving look at ruby from the standpoint of the connoisseur.

  • Ruby, Sapphire & Spinel Auction Records • Under the Hammer • Lotus Gemology

    Under the Hammer  |  Ruby & Sapphire Auction Records

    World auction records for ruby, sapphire and spinel.

  • Spinel • Resurrection of a Classic • Lotus Gemology

    Burmese spinel

    Since the turn of the millennium, the price of fine spinel has risen at an incredible pace. No longer simply the poor man's ruby, spinel is finally getting the attention it deserves as one of the world's premier gems.

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