Burmese Sapphire Giants • Large Burma Sapphire

1 October 1995

A brief history of Burmese (Myanmar) sapphires, along with details of some of the major pieces of yore.

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History of Ruby & Sapphire Heat Treatment

1 July 1995

A brief history of the heat treatment of ruby & sapphire, from ancient times to the modern era.

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Vietnam Ruby • The Quy Chau Ruby Mines

1 July 1992

A 1992 visit to Vietnam's Quy Chau ruby mines, the first by a foreign gemologist, along with commentary on US-Vietnam politics.

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Ruby & Sapphire (1992)

1 January 1992

Ruby & Sapphire

Richard W. Hughes  |  1992

Ruby & Sapphire explores the fascinating story of the corundum family of gems. This single volume reporesents a slightly updated version of Corundum, the first detailed examination of both ruby and the various sapphires, widely considered to be the most sought after of all gems. The author draws on his many years of experience to take the reader back in time to the various Asian kingdoms that were the primary sources of the fabled ruby and sapphire. For those interested in rubies and sapphires, this book offers an unparallelled look at the world's premier gems. This is a slightly updated version of Corundum.

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Corundum (1990)

1 January 1990


Richard W. Hughes  |  1990

Rubies and sapphires are widely considered to be among the most sought after and precious of gems. Together they account for over fifty percent of the world trade in colored gemstones. This book is the first from Richard Hughes on the subject, and the first major work to be devoted entirely to the corundum family of gemstones. It covers all aspects of rubies and sapphires, beginning with their history, chemical and physical properties. Other chapters look at treatments, synthetic corundums, methods of fashioning, famous rubies and sapphires, formation of corundum deposits and world sources, providing a valuable reference source for jewelers, gemologists, students, and the general reader.

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