• Ruby Connoisseurship • Seeing Red

    Seeing Red  |  A Guide to Ruby Connoisseurship

    A loving look at ruby – the gem of passion – from the standpoint of the connoisseur.

  • Spinel • Resurrection of a Classic • Lotus Gemology

    Burmese spinel

    Since the turn of the millennium, the price of fine spinel has risen at an incredible pace. No longer simply the poor man's ruby, spinel is finally getting the attention it deserves as one of the world's premier gems.

  • 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.

  • Tanzanite Mines of Merelani • Working the Blueseam • Lotus Gemology

    Working the Blueseam  |  The Tanzanite Mines of Merelani

    An over-and-underground look at the tanzanite mines of Merelani, Tanzania, where the First World meets the Third, and graphite-covered miners pull glittering blue gems from black earth.

  • Terra Spinel • Terra Firma (2010) • Lotus Gemology

    Terra Spinel  |  Terra Firma (2010)

    Terra Spinel  |  Terra Firma

    Vladyslav Y. Yavorskyy & Richard W. Hughes  |  2010

    Terra Spinel takes readers into the world of spinel through the lens and collection of renowned spinel dealer, Vladyslav Yavorskyy. Some of the world's finest spinels are featured in this book's pages as Yavorskyy travels to the most important locations. The traditional sources Burma (Myanmar), Tajikistan, and Sri Lanka are covered in detail, along with newer finds in Vietnam, Tanzania and Madagascar. This is not a gemology book in the traditional scientific sense. Instead, what it represents is a celebration of a rare gem and the places from which it comes. Stunningly illustrated, it is a must-have for any gem lover.


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