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Journey to the Center of the Gem
by Billie Hughes, Gemologist at Lotus Gemology


Venue: The White Room at Lower Lobby, Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park Hotel
Date:  Wednesday, 27th March 2019
    6.00 pm. – 9.00 pm.
Reservation: http://bit.ly/2IzfKcT
Contact:  +66 2779 6100, bangkoklab@gia.edu , GIAthai.net

Content Inside each gemstone lies a hidden world that has been encapsulated for millions of years. Join Billie Hughes for a journey into the inner world of gems, as seen through the microscope.


The presentation will review the use of gemological microscopy to observe and record inclusions. Billie will discuss the most suitable lighting conditions for a variety of scenarios and share a few microscopy tips. She will also provide an overview of Lotus Gemology’s Hyperion inclusion database and display memorable and educational inclusion images. The evening will be a rewarding event for anyone with a passion for gems and the wonderful scenes that they hold inside.



About Billie Hughes


Billie Hughes is a gemologist at Lotus Gemology, a colored stone testing laboratory in Bangkok, Thailand. After graduating from UCLA in 2011, Billie became a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain in 2013. She has already distinguished herself with her photographic work published in Terra Spinel, the Wall Street JournalRuby & Sapphire: A Collector’s Guide, and Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist’s Guide. Her gemological work has appeared in Gems & Gemology, Gems&Jewellery, The GemGuide, The Journal of the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong, and InColor Magazine. Billie has traveled extensively for research on gems, and visited her first gem mine at age two! She is also a talented photomicrographer and has won awards in the Gem-A and Clemson University’s photo competitions



About GIA


Established in 1931, GIA protects the public through gemological research, education, impartial gem identification and grading services and instrument development. The world’s foremost authority in gemology, GIA sets the standard for determining the qualities of diamonds, colored gems and pearls.
GIA created the 4Cs, the International Diamond Grading System™ and the 7 Pearl Value Factors™, providing all who buy or sell gemstones with a common language for describing quality. As an independent nonprofit organization, all of GIA’s activities are governed by its mission to serve the public. Visit GIA.edu