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  • About Lotus Gemology

    When you see a fine ruby, it does something to you. It’s not about the value.
    If it were simply the value, I’d go out and buy a kilo of gold. Richard Hughes to journalist Rod Nordland
    “On the treacherous trail to the rare ruby red”  |  1982  |  Asia

    Burmese star ruby. Photo: Wimon Manorotkul, Lotus Gemology.

    Lotus Gemology begins with a simple idea – beauty is the principal source of attraction for precious stones. Thus it should also be the major focus of gemology. In other words, the GEM is the most important part of gemology.

    It is our belief that gemology is not simply about counting atoms; to apply science absent a discussion of how it relates to aesthetics and desire does a disservice not just to clients, but to the jewels themselves. We do not believe that attraction can be reduced to a simple set of measurements, anymore than the beauty of a rainbow or sunset can be expressed by mathematical formula.

    Rest assured, we are not Luddites. We not only appreciate science, but use it daily. At the same time, we recognize that many parts of the human experience extend into realms far beyond science. Thus the gemology at Lotus includes not just science, but weaves into the mix history, culture, art and travel. We do this in the belief that these factors play equal roles in how humans perceive desirability and value. 

    Like a small French restaurant, we believe that crafting a fine meal takes time and individual care; thus our seating is limited. The translation of the intangibles of rarity and aesthetic beauty is our strength.

    Precious stones are among the most compelling examples of Mother Nature’s artistic genius.

    Lotus Gemology operates from a base of over 80 years of collective experience in the study, purchase, sale and appreciation of precious stones. Our lives have been enriched beyond measure by our involvement with these gifts of nature and we believe if we characterize them with the appropriate reverence and care, we can open this magical world to others. This is our goal.

     
     
  • 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

    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

    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.

  • FTIR in Gem Testing • FTIR Intrigue • Lotus Gemology

    FTIR in Gem Testing • FTIR Intrigue • Lotus Gemology

    The use of Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) in gem identification, with examples of sapphire & jadeite.

  • Gems & Gemology Lectures • Lotus Gemology Bangkok

    Gems & Gemology Lectures

    Lotus Gemology's gemologists have lectured extensively about a wide variety of gemological topics including ruby, sapphire, jade, and more.

  • Guangzhou Jade Market Puzzle • A Chinese Jade Box

    The Chinese Box  |  A Guangzhou Jade Market Puzzle  |  Lotus Gemology

    An investigation into nephrite and imitation nephrite pebbles purchased in Guangzhou, China's Hualin Street jade market.

  • Inside Out • Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses • Book Order Page • Lotus Gemology

    Inside Out: Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses

    Introducing…

    Inside Out: GEM•ology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses

    by

    E. Billie Hughes  |  Richard W. Hughes  |  Wimon Manorotkul

    with a foreword by Paolo Minieri

    Chinese translation by Jason C.H. Kao (高嘉兴), with Jinding Yu (俞瑾玎) and Bonnie Chao (晁艳)

    From the dawn of time, precious stones have both attracted and fascinated humans in ways that few other items could. For while objects of desire are found throughout the natural world, physical beauty is too often ephemeral. From the allure of a man, woman, flower or butterfly, through the fleeting moments of a sunset, there is little that lasts and practically nothing that can be passed down to our descendants. The exception is precious stones. Not only are they the most durable creations of Mother Nature, but their visual splendor is truly eternal.

    This book presents a completely fresh approach to the subject. Dubbing it humanistic gemology, the authors take readers around the world, showing the places they have explored in their search for gems, along with the people and cultures encountered along the way.

    Within this volume, remarkable photographs of the human world are interwoven with images of the microscopic realm of the gems themselves. In a lifetime beset by time control, where living is broken into ever smaller bits, as you browse through these pages suddenly you plunge into a domain of frozen time, one that affords vistas of millions or even billions of years. For jewels offer not just superficial beauty, but a window on the primordial forces that birthed both our planet and universe.

    Inside Out – Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses represents a fascinating new direction for gemology, linking the external and internal worlds of precious stones for the first time. 

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    Title Page

    Inside Out: Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses – Title Page

    Introduction

    Inside Out: Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses

    Inside Out: Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses

    Inside Out: Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses

    Sample Interior Spreads

    Inside Out: Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses

    Inside Out: Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses

    Inside Out: Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses

    Inside Out: Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses

    Inside Out: Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses

    Inside Out: Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses

    Inside Out: Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses

    Inside Out: Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses

    Inside Out: Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses

    Inside Out: Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses

    Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide – Index

     

    A few comments from reviewers…

    I am doubtless readers both inside and outside of the gem trade will enthusiastically welcome Inside Out. Buy it, read it, give it away. I am fully confident you will be satisfied, ingratiated and inspired.
    Jeffery Bergman – InColor Magazine
    This book fills a gap in the literature on gems by pictorially exploring the relationship between humans and gems on an artistic and emotional level. It is a work of art that lives from the quality of the photographs and gets by with minimal textual commentary on the images.
    Michael Hügi – Journal of Gemmology
    Inside Out is a truly stunning work reflecting the combnied personalities, skills, knowledge and philosophy of the authors, who have created something exceptional and innovative for the world of gemmology.
    Terry Coldham – Australian Gemmologist
  • Inside Out | GEM•ology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses (2020) | Book

    Inside Out | GEM•ology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses (2020)

    Inside Out  •  GEM•ology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses

    E. Billie Hughes, Richard W. Hughes, Wimon Manorotkul  |  2020

    From the dawn of time, precious stones have both attracted and fascinated humans in ways that few other items could. For while objects of desire are found throughout the natural world, physical beauty is too often ephemeral. From the allure of a man, woman, flower or butterfly, through the fleeting moments of a sunset, there is little that lasts and practically nothing that can be passed down to our descendants. The exception is precious stones. Not only are they the most durable creations of Mother Nature, but their visual splendor is truly eternal.

    This book presents a completely fresh approach to the subject. Dubbing it humanistic gemology, the authors take readers around the world, showing the places they have explored in their search for gems, along with the people and cultures encountered along the way. Within this volume, remarkable photographs of the human world are interwoven with images of the microscopic realm of the gems themselves. In a lifetime beset by time control, where living is broken into ever smaller bits, as you browse through these pages suddenly you plunge into a domain of frozen time, one that affords vistas of millions or even billions of years. For jewels offer not just superficial beauty, but a window on the primordial forces that birthed both our planet and universe.

    Inside Out – Gemology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses represents a fascinating new direction for gemology, linking the external and internal worlds of precious stones for the first time. 

    Inside Out | GEM•ology Through Lotus-Colored Glasses Order Page 

  • Jade • A Gemologist's Guide • Book Order Page • Lotus Gemology

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Cover small

    Introducing…

    Jade • A Gemologist's Guide

    edited by

    Richard W. Hughes

    featuring contributions from…

    Ahmadjan Abduriyim • Dale Blankenship • George E. Harlow • Eric J. Hoffman • E. Billie Hughes • Richard W. Hughes • Jiang “Chris” Chenglong • John I. Koivula • Nikolai Kouznetsov • Liu Yicen • Kirk Makepeace • Jeff Mason • Dominic Mok • Qi Lijian • Mary Lou Ridinger • Donn Salt • Roland Schluessel • Andrew Shaw • Shi Guanghai • Susan Stronge • Wang Mingying • Stewart Young • Zhou "Adam" Zhengyu
    with…
    Rudolph I. Estrada • Jason C.H. Kao • Michael S. Krzemnicki • Tao Hsu • Wim Vertriest

    The study of jade is unlike any other gem, trespassing across all conventional boundaries, particularly those of the gemological and mineralogical realm. Despite the march of mineralogical orthodoxy and conformity, the word “jade” is a fist in the air of protest, crying out not for reduction and definition, but an expansion of the mineralogical lexicon to include the cultural aspects of human civilization and life. The word “jade” is the anti-mineral. Because jade is so much more than a simple census of atoms, their valence states, and their places of residence.

    An understanding of jade is not limited to the technical or exacting; it also incorporates a feeling for the cultural, textural, and ephemeral qualities that make the study of this gem unlike any other in the world of gemstones. It is our heartfelt hope that this volume will not just fill the “traditional gemological” gap, but will open readers’ eyes to a world beyond. Because jade is so much more.

    While the literature on jade is vast, perhaps greater than any other gem, there is a distinct lack of a volume that treats jade as a gemological material. This book is designed to fill that gap, with extensive information on the history, sources, appraisal and identification of both treated and the various forms of imitation jade. All of this is together in a single volume for the first time, making this a must-have for all collectors, dealers, gemologists, appraisers, curators and anyone else with an interest in this fascinating gem.

    Published Early 2022

    Hardcover with Dust Jacket
    Price: To Be Announced

    ~ 512 pages; 240 x 280 mm (9.45 x 11 inches)
    Full Color Throughout

     


     

    Title Page & Table of Contents

    Jade A Gemologists Guide title page

    Jade A Gemologists Guide table of contents

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Authors

    Sample Interior Spreads

     Jade A Gemologists Guide Conundrum

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Conundrum3

      

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Introduction

      
    Jade A Gemologists Guide History in China

      

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Geology

     

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Hetian

     

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Myanmar

     

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Mayan Jade A Gemologists Guide New Zealand

     

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Mughal
    Jade A Gemologists Guide Canada 
    Jade A Gemologists Guide USA

     

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Russia 

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Japan 

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Archaic Identification

     

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Nephrite ID


    Jade A Gemologists Guide Jadeite ID

     

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Inclusions

     

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Jadeite Quality

     

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Auctions

     

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Carving History

     

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Modern Carving

     

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Symbolism Color

     

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Books

     

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Glossary

     

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Bibliography

     

    Jade A Gemologists Guide Index 

     

     

     

  • Jade • A Lifetime In Search of Heaven

    The story of Richard Hughes' four-decade adventure with jade, from Burma's jadeite mines to China's classic mutton-fat nephrite deposit at Hetian, Xinjiang Province. The work of China's modern jade carving masters is also discussed.

  • Jade Buying Guide • Jade Auction Records

    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.

  • Jade in Upper Burma • Heaven and Hell • Lotus Gemology

    Heaven and Hell • The Quest for Jade in Upper Burma

    An account of the authors' 1997 visit to Burma's jade mines.

  • Lecture • Jade: China's Gift to the World • Shanghai • 1 December 2018

    Jade: China's Gift to the World

    Richard Hughes examines the historical sources of jade, along with the remarkable renaissance in Chinese jade carving that has occured since the 1990s.

  • Russian Jade Deposits • From Russia with Jade

    From Russia with Jade

    Jadeite jade is a stone intimately associated with Burma (Myanmar). But there are deposits in other countries. This article details Russia's jadeite deposits in the Polar Urals and Khakassia.

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