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E. Billie Hughes

Billie visited her first gem mine (in Thailand) at age two. A 2011 graduate of UCLA (B.A., Politcal Science), she qualified as a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain in 2013. 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. To date, she has visited scores of counries for research on gems. Her gemological work has appeared in Gems & Gemology, The GemguideThe Journal of the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong, and InColor magazine. She is an award-winning photomicrographer and has won prizes in the Nikon Small World, 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.