Madagascar: Sapphire Isle

A discussion of the important ruby and sapphire deposits in Madagascar, along with the most important identifying features.

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Sapphire Around the World

A look at sapphire around the world, from the jungles of Sri Lanka and Myanmar, to the lofty heights of Kashmir.

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Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide

A lecture on the trading and grading of ruby and sapphire, with an emphasis on the fine points of what collectors should look for.

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Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide

A lecture on the trading and grading of ruby and sapphire, with an emphasis on the fine points of what collectors should look for.

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Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide

A lecture on the trading and grading of ruby and sapphire, with an emphasis on the fine points of what collectors should look for.

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Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide

A lecture on the trading and grading of ruby and sapphire, with an emphasis on the fine points of what collectors should look for.

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Gemological Heresies

As with any field, gemology is littered with dogma. In this presentation, Richard Hughes slays more than a few of these sacred gemological cows.

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Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide

A lecture on the trading and grading of ruby and sapphire, with an emphasis on the fine points of what collectors should look for.

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Pigeons Blood: Burma's Mogok Ruby Mines

Myamar's Mogok Stone Tract is one of the most storied gem localities on the planet. Richard Hughes details the history and mystery of this magical valley.

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The Ownership of Words – An essay on the meaning of Padparadscha

The lovely padparadscha sapphire is a blend of lotus flower and sunset. Richard Hughes discusses the origin of the term and the difficulty in its definition.


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Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide

A lecture on the trading and grading of ruby and sapphire, with an emphasis on the fine points of what collectors should look for.

Read More
Gemological Heresies

As with any field, gemology is littered with dogma. In this presentation, Richard Hughes slays more than a few of these sacred gemological cows.

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Gemological Heresies

As with any field, gemology is littered with dogma. In this presentation, Richard Hughes slays more than a few of these sacred gemological cows.

Read More
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