By Richard W. Hughes with Wimon Manorotkul & E. Billie Hughes RWH Publishing/Lotus Publishing 1st edition, 1st printing. Printed in Thailand. ISBN 978-0-9645097-1-9 707 pages Ruby & Sapphire A Gemologist’s Guide is the much-awaited work of famed gemologist Richard Hughes. It is quintessential Hughes. The attention to detail is such as to make it the holy book of corundum. It simply has no comparable. Elegantly illustrated with an extensive collection of extraordinary photographs, the text exemplifies Hughes’ masterful command of language. He carefully presents complex and at times intimidating subjects such as chemistry and crystallography in a way that the reader can connect without needing a scientific background. This is critical. Some authors write books in an attempt to impress readers with their knowledge. Others write books to share their knowledge and invite the reader to explore further. Hughes is the latter. He educates the reader like a patient teacher. References are generously and meticulously provided. As Hughes states in the Author’s Notes, “Rather than rewriting or paraphrasing the discoveries of others (and, in the process, claiming them as our own), we feel history is better served by exactly transcribing the original…” This...
By Richard W. Hughes with Wimon Manorotkul & E. Billie Hughes RWH Publishing/Lotus Publishing 1st edition, 1st printing. Printed in Thailand. ISBN 978-0-9645097-1-9 707 pages Ruby & Sapphire A Gemologist’s Guide is the much-awaited work of famed gemologist Richard Hughes. It is quintessential Hughes. The attention to detail is such as to make it the holy book of corundum. It simply has no comparable. Elegantly illustrated with an extensive collection of extraordinary photographs, the text exemplifies Hughes’ masterful command of language. He carefully presents complex and at times intimidating subjects such as chemistry and crystallography in a way that the reader can connect without needing a scientific background. This is critical. Some authors write books in an attempt to impress readers with their knowledge. Others write books to share their knowledge and invite the reader to explore further. Hughes is the latter. He educates the reader like a patient teacher. References are generously and meticulously provided. As Hughes states in the Author’s Notes, “Rather than rewriting or paraphrasing the discoveries of others (and, in the process, claiming them as our own), we feel history is better served by exactly transcribing the original…” This...

Ruby & Sapphire A Gemologist’s Guide

Posted on January 2, 2017 by Reviewed by Stuart M. Robertson, GG (GIA)

By Richard W. Hughes with Wimon Manorotkul & E. Billie Hughes RWH Publishing/Lotus Publishing 1st edition, 1st printing. Printed in Thailand. ISBN 978-0-9645097-1-9 707 pages Ruby & Sapphire A Gemologist’s Guide is the much-awaited work of famed gemologist Richard Hughes. It is quintessential Hughes. The attention to detail is such as to make it the holy book of corundum. It simply has no comparable. Elegantly illustrated with an extensive collection of extraordinary photographs, the text exemplifies Hughes’ masterful command of language. He carefully presents complex and at times intimidating subjects such as chemistry and crystallography in a way that the reader can connect without needing a scientific background. This is critical. Some authors write books in an attempt to impress readers with their knowledge. Others write books to share their knowledge and invite the reader to explore further. Hughes is the latter. He educates the reader like a patient teacher. References are generously and meticulously provided. As Hughes states in the Author’s Notes, “Rather than rewriting or paraphrasing the discoveries of others (and, in the process, claiming them as our own), we feel history is better served by exactly transcribing the original…” This...

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