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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Discovering the Mysterious World of Jade with Legendary Gemologist Richard W. Hughes

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Discovering the Mysterious World of Jade with Legendary Gemologist Richard W. Hughes

Hey Loungers,

Today we will dive into the peculiar and mysterious world of jade with legendary gemologist, and author of the ruby and sapphire Bible: Ruby and Sapphire: A Gemologist’s Guide, Lotus Gemology’s Richard W. Hughes.

With him we will explore his passion for this material and the world that surrounds it. We will try to understand the difference between the various type of jades, what they are used for or what different nations consider jade to be. Whether it is the famous Burmese jade or the sublime and delicate Chinese nephrite sculptures, we hope to learn about them all today.

Without any further delay, we interview one of the only “gweilo” (white foreigner) mainlanders ask to speak about jade: Richard Hughes.

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Genesis of a brand, Simon’s reverse interview by Billie Hughes

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Genesis of a brand, Simon’s reverse interview by Billie Hughes

Hey Loungers,

Today we’re shaking up our usual format with a reverse interview of AsiaLounges’ founder, Simon Dussart by none other than gemologist and award-winning photomicrographer Billie Hughes of Lotus Gemology.

We’ll be talking about our brand genesis, what it stands for, and what we believe in.

Hope you like it!

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A Gems Dealer's Journal: Interview with a World Class Gem Cutter: Victor Tuzlukov

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A Gems Dealer's Journal: Interview with a World Class Gem Cutter: Victor Tuzlukov

Hey Loungers,  Today we have a bit of a special treat for you, we present you with this unique chance to discover the world of one of the best, if not the best, gem cutter in the World.  Today we interview Victor Tuzlukov! So, without any further delays, let us get going with the interview, read on!     Victor Tuzlukov gazing at the camera with the same intensity he would gaze at his cutting table   AsiaLounges: First of all, thank you very much Victor for agreeing to answer our question today. Can you tell us a bit about...

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A gem dealer’s journal: Revisiting the lost art of Mokumegane with Jaume Labro

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A gem dealer’s journal: Revisiting the lost art of Mokumegane with Jaume Labro

Hey Loungers,  Today we will be taking a sweet trip down memory lane as we interview our pal, Spanish born and living in Japan: Jaume Labro, who will be telling us more about his art. The Lost Art of Mokumegane.  While many claim to being able to have perfected the technique, few have mastered that art at his level. He is one of the last person that the Japanese masters of old recognise as a Mokumegane master in his own right today. So, if like us, you want to learn more about this peculiar and highly interesting topic, read on!...

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A Gem Dealer´s Journal: No, Everything that comes from Asia isn’t cheap or mass produced!

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A Gem Dealer´s Journal: No, Everything that comes from Asia isn’t cheap or mass produced!

Hey Loungers,    As you can see we have been keeping up our promise of delivering a nice and constant flow of interviews in early 2019!  Today, we interview our friend “Huckleberry” jeweller and jewellery designer at Jai 108 Presents here in Bangkok. The idea behind this interview is simply to break an enduring myth: Everything that comes from Asia isn’t cheap or mass produced! So here it comes!   Huckleberry at work for Jai 108 Presents   AsiaLounges: Hi Huck, thanks for joining us today for this interview and to help us debunk the myth of Made in Asia...

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