by Richard W. Hughes, with Wimon Manorotkul & E. Billie Hughes
Let It Bleed • New Rubies From Madagascar • Lotus Gemology

When it rains red, it doesn't simply pour. It bleeds. Following closely on the heels of the ruby strikes in Mozambique, a major new find of the crimson stone is made in Madagascar.

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by Richard W. Hughes

Gem dealer, world traveler, activist, Dana Schorr passed away on 5 August 2015 at age 63, following a heart attack.

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by E. Billie Hughes

The difference between a synthetic, treated, or untreated natural gemstone could mean a difference of thousands, even millions of dollars. Thus, it is no wonder that laboratories are becoming more in demand than ever. With treatments become increasingly sophisticated, gemologists and traders search for new tools to help identify stones.

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by Lotus Gemology
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.

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by Richard W. Hughes
从孔雀蓝到鸽血红 细数宝石之美 • 红蓝宝石之动人色泽

Chinese-language translation of Lotus Gemology's ruby and sapphire color types.

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by Gustav Tschermak von Seysenegg
Discovery of rutile silk in sapphire

In 1878, the noted Austrian mineralogist, Gustav Tschermak von Seysenegg [1836–1927], was the first to properly identify silk in corundum, finding it to be composed of the mineral rutile (TiO2). An English translation of his landmark paper is included, along with the original German version.

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by E. Billie Hughes
Lotus Gemology report lookup guide

The best way to check the authenticity of a Lotus report is with online report verification.

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by Lotus Gemology

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.

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by Richard W. Hughes
Red Rain • Mozambique Ruby

Is the Mozambique stone the bejesus of bird's blood? Lotus Gemology's resident ruby wallah, Richard Hughes, weighs in on the state of the market and how Mozambique stacks up to historical heavyweights like Burma and Thailand/Cambodia.

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