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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Who has their paws in the oil jar?

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Who has their paws in the oil jar?

Dear Loungers, We have been busy recently and couldn’t write as much as we wanted, but be sure that some market updates are on the way. I was recently asked what to look for while buying a gem and it got me thinking. Although I wrote an article on the topic about a year ago, with the extra experience I gathered in the meantime, I figured I could throw in a couple more tips. And so, as you may have heard already, nature hates empty spaces about as much as the gem market does and it delivered a few cookies on my doorstep....

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The delicate journey of a gem or how a gemstone becomes a piece of jewelry.

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The delicate journey of a gem or how a gemstone becomes a piece of jewelry.

Hi Loungers,  With "Journey through the Rough: The Making of a Gem" we discovered the very first step of the jewelry making process. Today, we'll see what happens when you contact the Creation Lounge in order to turn your dream piece of jewelry into a reality. To this end we will follow Lotus Gemology's Billie Hughes' journey with our team. Traditionally, there are two ways to start a jewelry project (either designing the piece of jewelry around a gem or, finding the gem that goes with a specific design). This time around, Billie asked us to come up with a design that would highlight her gemstones in...

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An Eye inside the labs with Lotus' Billie Hughes Part 2 - Dialogue with a multiple photomicrography award winner

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An Eye inside the labs with Lotus' Billie Hughes Part 2 - Dialogue with a multiple photomicrography award winner

Loungers, We are pleased to re- introduce you to our favorite gemologist, E. Billie Hughes but this time, we invite her not as the lab gemologist but as the multiple photography award winner. Today, days after being awarded the title of best photomicrographer of 2016 by the Gemological Association of Great Britain (Aka Gem-A), Billie is back with us for an interview on her favorite topic: Photomicrography!    Excuse me while I pierce the sky -By E. Billie Hughes (Award Winning shot of the 2016 Gem-A photomicrography contest)   AsiaLounges: Hi Billie. I'd like to extend our congratulations to you for...

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An Eye inside the labs with Lotus' Billie Hughes Part 1 - The Lab

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An Eye inside the labs with Lotus' Billie Hughes Part 1 - The Lab

In today's interview we will explore the complex and critical role gemological laboratory hold in our trade. We are honored to have as our guide for this tour, one of the legendary trio, E. Billie Hughes from Lotus Gemology! Buckle up and enjoy the ride Loungers!   AsiaLounges: Hi Billie, thank you for being with us today! We appreciate you taking time off of your schedule to explain us a bit who you are and what you do. Tell us about yourself, Lotus Gemology, and the team behind it. E.Billie Hughes: Lotus Gemology is a Bangkok-based gem testing lab that...

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Interview with Arjuna Irsutti, Professional Gemstone Photographer and long time friend

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Interview with Arjuna Irsutti, Professional Gemstone Photographer and long time friend

 Dear Loungers, As a token of thanks for your continued support, Asia Lounges celebrates its thousandth visit on the website by bringing you a series of 7 interviews. These Interviews will help you explore and understand the secret world of gemstone.  In today's edition we will follow Arjuna Irsutti, professional gemstone photographer at Arjuna Irsutti Photography, in order to help you, Loungers, understand this particular aspect of the trade! Hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did enjoy running through this topic.   AsiaLounges: Hi Arjuna, thank you for agreeing to answer our questions today. Let us start by learning...

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