E. Billie Hughes

The youngest member of the Lotus Gemology fold, Billie is a 2011 graduate of UCLA (B.A., Politcal Science). She has already distinguished herself with her photographic work published in Terra Spinel, the Wall Street JournalRuby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide and Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide. In addition to traveling widely with her mother and father, Billie became a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain after completing their exams in 2013. Her gemological work has appeared in Gems & Gemology, The GemguideThe Journal of the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong, and InColor magazine. She is also an award-winning photomicrographer and has won prizes in the Gem-A, Clemson University, and the Close-Up Photographer of the Year competitions. In 2019, Billie was awarded the Accredited Gemologists Assocation's Gemological Research Grant.

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