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A gem dealer's journal

Journey through the rough: The making of a gem!

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Journey through the rough: The making of a gem!

Dear Loungers,  Today's post is one I have been wanting to go through for some time: The making of a Gem. How do Mother Earth's finest treasures turn into lovely gems? While not being a cutter myself, I have recently indulged in purchasing rough and proceeded to have it faceted into the gems that make our heart sing! While I wish I could be exploring with you the cutting process of every single gems we are purchasing at Asia Lounges, I decided to guide you through one of them: this lovely Green Tea Tourmaline!  First came the Rough and with...

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Interview with Gonzague Zurstrassen, dive into the jewelry making process!

Interview with Gonzague Zurstrassen, dive into the jewelry making process!

Dear Loungers,  In today's interview we welcome Gonzague Zurstrassen who will be our guide into the jewelry world. We will explore the jewelry making process and what may be going through the creative minds of our favorite designers! Buckle up!   Asia Lounges: First of all, thank you Gonzague for meeting us today. Tell us who you are? What is your Background? Gonzague Zurstrassen: I m a Belgian national passionate about gemstones and art in general, after graduating in 1996 from the Hoge Raad of diamant  in Antwerp (H.R.D) I meet Fred Mouawad in Geneva, Switzerland and moved to Bangkok where he...

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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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