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 75 years of collective experience in the study, purchase, sale and appreciation of precious stones. Our lives have been enriched beyond measure by our involvment 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.

     
     
  • Developing a comprehensive colored stone grading system has been the dream of gemologists since the late 1970's, but despite a number of valient attempts, we are no closer to the goal today than we were four decades ago. This article examines the various problems of colored stone grading, explaining why the challenges are at least an order of magnitude greater than the grading of diamonds.

  • The history of the Lao sapphire mines at Ban Huay Xai is detailed, along with modern mining by Hong Kong based Sino Resources Mining Corp. Ltd. from 2006–2012.

  •  Lotus Gemology produces what we feel are the finest gem testing reports in the gemological field. Each report includes gemstone identification, treatment identification and, in certain cases (mainly ruby, sapphire, spinel, emerald and jadeite jade) origin determination.

  • lotus gemology make gemology great again hat color chart   lotus gemology make gemology great again hat

    Introducing the Lotus Hat. It's tremendous.

    Perfect for keeping the sun off your face when you're visiting mines and markets, and a great accessory in the city.

    Front reads "LOTUS gemology"
    Back reads "making GEM • ology great again"

    Hat is made of cotton and is adjustable in the back.

    $30 per hat, including international shipping & handling from Thailand
    Ships via International Parcel Air (2-3 weeks)

    *Please note that any customs duties/fees in the recipient's country are not included and are the responsibility of the recipient*

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  • 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.

  • An orangish pink “padparadscha” sapphire was submitted for testing at Lotus Gemology’s Bangkok laboratory. Testing showed a number of conflicting features that suggested the gem was a cleverly treated synthetic pink sapphire designed to imitate natural padparadscha.

  • A brief description of the color types for ruby and sapphire used at Lotus Gemology.

  • 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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