Richard W. Hughes

  • Colored Stone Grading • A Heretic's Guide

    Colored Stone Grading • A Heretic's Guide

    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.

  • 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

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    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
  • 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 

     

     

     

  • Laos Sapphires • Laos – Land of a Million Elephants... & Sapphires

    Laos Sapphires • Laos – Land of a Million Elephants... & Sapphires

    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.

  • Ruby & Sapphire (Corundum) Inclusions • The Lotus Gemology Crystal Registry

    Corundum Inclusions • A Crystal Registry


    Solid inclusions have been used by gemologists as a means of determining origin. While there is a great deal of overlap from one source to another, there are also important differences. For example, while apatite has been identified in sapphire from Madagascar, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, apatite has never been identified in sapphire from Kashmir. Thus the purpose of this article is to give a full listing of solid inclusions in gem corundums from around the world, with each occurrence fully referenced. This is provided with the goal of making origin determination of ruby and sapphire more accurate.

  • Ruby & Sapphire Books • Collecting the Literature of Ruby & Sapphire (Corundum) • Hidden Treasure

    Ruby & Sapphire Books • Collecting the Literature of Ruby & Sapphire (Corundum) • Hidden Treasure

    A discussion of the literature of ruby and sapphire (corundum), with particular emphasis on the most collectible books covering ruby and sapphire around the world.

  • Spinel Inclusions • An Exercise in Aesthetics

    Inclusions in Spinel • An Exercise in Aesthetics

    To the jeweler, spinel is famous for its vivid colors. But for the gemologist, this gem is unlike any other. Its extreme hardness allows a fine polish. Couple this with single refraction, which eliminates the image blurring found in most other gems, and a varied landscape of inclusion subjects, and the result is an unparalleled canvas of delight for the photomicrographic artist.

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