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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by E. Billie Hughes
Presidium Synthetic Ruby Identifier

In the lab and marketplace alike, gemologists and gem traders seek to separate natural ruby from synthetic with training and gemological equipment. But what if there was an easier, faster method?

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by Richard W. Hughes
Fun Down Under • Lenny Cram's Opal Mine • Lotus Gemology

The believe-it-or-not story of Australia's Lenny Cram and his opal mine in a mason jar.

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by Richard W. Hughes & John Koivula
Hunting the Mother Lode Abroad • Gemological Travel

When it comes to gemology, whether it is practiced in the lab or jewelry store, the importance of traveling to the source cannot be emphasized enough. Not only is information more accurate at the source, but the experiences will also make you a better salesperson.

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