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Richard Hughes' new lab in Bangkok

Shooting Galleries: Images from the Front Lines

Shooting Galleries

Images from a mortal coil

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Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide

Ruby & Sapphire:
A Collector's Guide

Newly published in 2014

 

The Book of Ruby & Sapphire

The Book of Ruby & Sapphire

An undiscovered classic from 1934, published 2012

Ruby & Sapphire: The Book

Ruby & Sapphire

The book
1997

Terra Spinel

Terra Spinel

The only book on spinel
2010

Cobalt-Doped Glass-Filled Sapphires

Cobalt-Doped Glass-Filled Sapphires

Beryllium-Treated Blue Sapphires

Beryllium-Treated Blue Sapphires

Blue Filter

Proletarian Gemology: The Blue Filter

Padparadscha Sapphire

The Ownership of Words: An essay on Padparadscha

Passport to Obscurity

Passport to Obscurity

Guangzhou Jade Puzzle

Guangzhou Jade Market Puzzle

FTIR Intrigue

FTIR Intrigue

FTIR and gemology

The Gemologist's Library

The Gemologist's Library

Recommended Reading

Following the Silk Road

Following the Silk Road

Rutile silk in corundum identification

In Memoriam: Mike Roberts

Living in the Dark Ages

The fiber-optic light in gemology

In Memoriam: Mike Roberts

In Memoriam:
Mike Roberts

Yogo sapphire miner

In Memoriam: Marc Bielenberg

In Memoriam:
Marc Bielenberg

Mr. Montana Sapphire

Questions on Andesine & Labradorite: A panel discussion

Questions on Andesine & Labradorite

A panel discussion (PDF)

Of Beryllium & Beefsteak

Beryllium & Beefsteak

Diffusion in gemology

Faith: In search of the lost andesine mines, part 2

Faith

In search of the lost andesine mines, part 2

Andesine: Timeline of a Controversy

Andesine

Timeline of a controversy (PDF download)

Laos: Land of a Million Elephants... & Sapphires

Laos

Land of a million elephants… & sapphires

Downtown: Gem Hunting in Central and Southern Tanzania

Downtown

Gem hunting in Central & Southern Tanzania

In Search of the Lost Andesine Mines

Barack Osama in Tibet

In search of the lost andesine mines

Inside out: Inclusions & the internal symmetry of crystals

Inside Out

Inclusions & the internal symmetry of crystals

Laos: Land of Ten Thousand Elephants... and Sapphires

Moontown

A history of Chanthaburi

Hunting the Mother Lode Abroad

Hunting the Mother Lode Abroad

The importance of going to the source

Grease: Solving the Gulf Oil Spill

Grease

A plan for plugging the Gulf of Mexico oil leak

Thailand's Emerald Buddha

Emerald Buddha

History of Thailand's iconic gem

Buying Gems at the Source

Buying at the Source

Buying at the Source: Being an Essay on the Virtues of Dick's Law and Other Sundry Maxims of the East

Ruby & Sapphire: The Book

The Pearl Trader

A chapter from this classic 1937 work

Shooting Galleries: Images from the Front Lines

Black Prince's Ruby

History of this extraordinary gem

Betwixt Two Worlds: Gemology in the 21st century

Betwixt Two Worlds

A search for gemology in the 21st century

Richard Hughes wins Bonanno Award from AGA

Bonanno Award

Richard Hughes receives 2010 Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology

Merelani tanzanite mines

Merelani, Tanzania

Comprehensive study of the famous tanzanite mines

Red Sky at Dusk:  Hunting the last Siamese ruby miner

Red Sky at Dusk

Hunting the last Siamese ruby miner

Photoatlas of Inclusions in Gemstones, Vol. 3

Photoatlas Vol. 3

A book review

Tsavorite: An Untamed Beauty

Tsavorite

An untamed beauty

Spinel: Resurrection of a Classic

Spinel

Resurrection of a classic

Working the Blueseam: The tanzanite mines of Merelani

Working the Blueseam

The tanzanite mines of Merelani

Chevron: 1; Burmese: 0

Chevron: 1;
Burmese: 0

A look at hypocrisy, gem style

Dangerous Curves: Verneuil synthetic corundum reexamined

Dangerous Curves

Verneuil synthetic corundum reexamined

Brilliance, Windows & Extinction in Gemstones

Brilliance , Windows & Extinction in Gems

Important cutting phenomena examined

Trust: An examination of the ethics of gem treatment disclosure

Trust

An examination of the ethics of gem treatment disclosure

Crystal Optics: A brief look at the optical properties of materials

Crystal Optics

A brief look at the optical properties of materials

Moon Over the Pamirs: Ruby & Spinel from Tajikistan

Moon Over the Pamirs

Ruby & Spinel from Tajikistan

Sorcerers & Sapphires: Ruby & Sapphire from Madagascar

Sorcerers & Sapphires

Ruby and sapphire deposits of Madagascar

Photoatlas of Inclusions in Gemstones, Volume 2

Photoatlas Vol. 2

A book review

Heat Seaker: UV fluorescence as a gemological tool

Heat Seeker

UV fluorescence as a gemological tool

Fluxed Up: The fracture healing of ruby

Fluxed Up

Fracture healing of ruby

The Kimberley Process: Appeasement comes to the diamond trade

The Kimberley Process

Appeasement comes to the diamond trade

Walking the Line in Ruby & Sapphire

Walking the Line in Ruby & Sapphire

Defining padparadscha and pink sapphire

Merelani tanzanite mines

The Skin Game

Exposure of beryllium-treated padparadscha sapphires

There's a Rumble in the Jungle

There's a Rumble in the Jungle

Lattice-diffusion treated blue sapphire

Vampire Blues

Vampire Blues

No matter how often you kill a gem treatment, it still may still come back to haunt you…

Conspiracy Theory: Gems & junkies in Burma

Conspiracy Theory

Gems & junkies in Burma

Love & Hate: Max Green and the Laos sapphire mine

Love & Hate

The perfect scam. Loot a trust fund and launder the proceeds via a Lao sapphire mine. But then everything went wrong...

Seeing Red: Ruby connoisseurship

Seeing Red

A discerning glance at the qualities that make ruby the most sexual of all gems

The War Prayer by Mark Twain

The War Prayer

An American classic

Passion Fruit: A lover's guide to sapphire

Passion Fruit

A lover's guide to sapphire connoisseurship

Crying Uncle

Crying Uncle

Homage to the late Gerry Rogers

The Name Game: Conventions for selecting gem names

The Name Game

Conventions for selecting gem names

Tracing the Green Line: A journey to Burma's jade mines

Tracing the Green Line

A journey to Burma's jade mines

Heaven and Hell: The quest for jade in Upper Burma

Heaven and Hell

The quest for jade in Upper Burma

Burmese Jade: The Inscrutable Gem

Burmese Jade

The inscrutable gem

From Russia with Jade

From Russia with Jade

Russia's jade mines

Burma's Jade Mines: An annotated Ocidental history

Burma's Jade Mines

An annotated Occidental history

Heat Wave: Burning in Burma

Heat Wave

Burning in Burma

Blood diamonds examined

Blood from a Stone

Blood diamonds examined

Weapons of Mass Donation

Weapons of Mass Donation

Banned: Burmese gems in the crossfire

Banned

Burmese gems in the crossfire

Don't forget to flush

Don't Forget to Flush

Emerald enhancement heresy

Cloak & Dagger: The politics of Opticon

Cloak & Dagger

The politics of Opticon

The Crying Game: Diamond Color Grading

The Crying Game

Diamond color grading

Foreign Affairs: The flux healing of ruby

Foreign Affairs

The flux healing of ruby

Spinel Compounds: Background & historical perspective

Spinel Compounds

Background & historical perspective

Cry Freetown: A Poem

Cry Freetown

A poem

Internet Hell

Internet Hell

Thoughts on web design

Fun Down Under

Fun Down Under

Of opals & diamonds

Big Time

Big Time

Big rubies & sapphires

Thailand's Jewelry Industry

Thailand's Jewelry Industry

A black paper

Burmese sapphire giants

Burmese Sapphire Giants

The big ones from Mogok

Big Time

Catfights

Enhancement codes & trade wars

Dogfights

Dogfights

Dealers vs. gemologists

Brief history of heat

A Brief History of Heat

Heat treatment of ruby & sapphire

Pigeon's Blood

Pigeon's Blood

A pilgrimage to Mogok

Uncle Ho's rubies

Uncle Ho's Rubies

Vietnam's Quy Chau ruby mines

Where the twain do meet

Where the Twain do Meet

Thailand's border towns

C3: I See Thru U

C3: I See Thru U

A look at synthetic moissanite

Have I Got an Idea 4 U

Have I Got an Idea 4 U

GE's HPHT treated diamonds

Life during wartime

Life During Wartime

Death of the Thai ruby, Part 2

Death of the Thai Ruby

Death of the Thai Ruby

End of an era in Chanthaburi/Trat

Web Designer Netiquette

Web Designer Netiquette

Tricky Dick's guide to online design

Rubies & Spinels of Afghanistan

Rubies & Spinels of Afghanistan

A brief history

 

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