Cart 0

A gem dealer's journal — origin

Interview with the most famous Field Gemologist to have roamed the Earth: Vincent Pardieu

A Gem dealers journal aigs Asia Lounges blog burma colombia color color type DANAT east africa garnet gem gemological laboratory gems gemstome Gemstone GIA interview Lapidary lotus gemology madagascar mahenge merelani Mozambique Natural Gems one of a kind origin rough ruby Simon Dussart Spinel SSEF tajikistan tanzania treatment Tsavorite Tucson vietnam Vincent Pardieu

Interview with the most famous Field Gemologist to have roamed the Earth: Vincent Pardieu

Hey Loungers,

Today we receive Vincent Pardieu, one of the most famous, if not the most famous field gemologist in activity. Vince has been working for AIGS, then Gübelin and rose to fame through his tenure at GIA as he started the Field Gemology department for the Bangkok chapter of the famous organisation.

Today, while providing independent services at “VP Consulting SPC”, he is affiliated to DANAT, the Bahrain based lab where he is building a reference collection. This endeavour allows him and his teams of cameramen and photographers to travel the world and go from mine to mine and further gemological knowledge worldwide.

Today, we’ll pick his brain about field gemology obviously, but also about his thoughts about the trade, the tendencies and of course about his favourite gems.

Without any further delays, we give you Vincent Pardieu!

Read more →


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

A Gem dealers journal Asia Lounges Billie Hughes blog burma China color color type gem gemological laboratory gems gemstome Gemstone Hertian interview Jade jadeite Lapidary lotus gemology Natural Gems nephrite origin Photography Richard W Hughes rough ruby russia sapphire Simon Dussart treatment USA

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.

Read more →


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

A gem dealer's journal ArjunaIrsuttiPhotography Asia Lounges asialounges balas ruby Billie Hughes blog branding color creations garnet gem gemological laboratory gems gemstome Gemstone gift gold grape garnet hand made jewellery interview introduction to gemology Jeffery L Bergman jewellery jewelry Lapidary lotus gemology mandarin garnet merelani Natural Gems origin rough ruby sapphire Simon Dussart Simon Sai Dussart Spinel tourmaline treatment Tsavorite

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!

Read more →


A Gems Dealer's Journal: A guide to gem buying and bespoke jewellery making!

A gem dealer's journal aigs ArjunaIrsuttiPhotography Asia Lounges Billie Hughes blog burma colombia color color type creations diamond garnet gem Gem Cutting gemological laboratory gems gemstome Gemstone gift gold guide hand made jewellery how to buy a gem how to make jewellery interview jewellery jewelry Lapidary lotus gemology madagascar mahenge Master Craftsman merelani Mozambique Natural Gems one of a kind origin Photography photomicrography ruby sapphire Simon Dussart Spinel SSEF tajikistan tanzania tourmaline treatment vietnam

A Gems Dealer's Journal: A guide to gem buying and bespoke jewellery making!

Hey Loungers,  While some of you may have already read our 2016 article on the topic, we figured that a little refresher probably couldn't hurt.  It is undeniable that nowadays the attraction for colour gem is on the rise yet, very few actually know what they are buying and this could lead to a somewhat rude awakening.  In this article we intend on discussing some of the main points that one needs to know when purchasing a gem such as: treatment, cut, clarity, carat weight, origin and of course the importance of a serious gemological report backing your purchase as well...

Read more →


A gem dealer´s journal: The Birth of Hyperion

A gem dealer's journal AGTA Arizona Asia Lounges Billie Hughes blog color color type gem gemological laboratory gemstome Gemstone interview introduction to gemology lotus gemology Natural Gems origin Photography photomicrography rough ruby sapphire Simon Dussart treatment Tucson

A gem dealer´s journal: The Birth of Hyperion

Hey Loungers,  The last time we interviewed E. Billie Hughes was about two years ago, as Lotus Gemology was growing fast but, we kind of forgot to ask about one of the most talked about features of their lab: Hyperion Photo Library! Some of you may have heard of it here, others have visited it out of professional curiosity while others just wanted to take a look at the art that the Lotus Team, with Billie as their vanguard, produces with a photo camera and a microscope.  This said, few of us know how this amazing tool got created. Billie,...

Read more →