Press release

Ruby & Sapphire Expert to Discuss Gemmological Heresies

GIA’s next Gemstone Gathering is 24 September in Bangkok

BANGKOK – 17 September 2014 – GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) monthly Gemstone Gatherings in Bangkok offer an opportunity to exchange information and discuss diverse interests related to gemstones. Richard W. Hughes, a leading expert in gemmology, will discuss different gemmological heresies, or topics contrary to conventional thinking, at the Institute’s gathering on 24 September.
A widely recognised expert in ruby and sapphire, Hughes will delve into varied beliefs related to gemmology and geology. He will take the audience on a journey to the centre of the earth and into outer space to discover the relationship between the origins of gems and life on earth.
Hughes, director of Lotus Gemology in Bangkok, is the author of several books and more than 150 articles. He has received numerous industry awards including Gems & Gemology’s Edward J. Gübelin Most Valuable Article Award, the Richard T. Liddicoat Journalism Award from the American Gem Societ and the Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology from the Accredited Gemologists Association, and in 2013 he was named one of the 50 most important figures to have shaped the history of gems since antiquity by the Association Française de Gemmologie.
GIA’s Gemstone Gathering, a free event, begins at 6 p.m. on 24 September in the “Crowne Room 1-3” on the 21st floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Lumpini Park in Bangkok.

About GIA

An independent non-profit organisation, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognised as the world’s foremost authority in gemmology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Colour, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and, in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which today is recognised by virtually every professional jeweller in the world.
Through research, education, gemmological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewellery by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism.