List of publications


Richard W. Hughes bibliography

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Tomes

  • Hughes, R.W. (1997) Ruby & Sapphire. Boulder, CO, RWH Publishing, 512 pp.
  • Webster, R. & Read, P.G. (1994) Gems: Their Sources, Descriptions and Identification. Fifth edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 1026 pp. [Chapters 3 & 5 revised by R.W. Hughes].
  • Hughes, R.W. (1991) Ruby & Sapphire. Butterworths Gem Books, Bangkok, White Lotus, 339 pp. [same as Corundum, but with an appendix of updates].
  • Hughes, R.W. (1990) Corundum. Butterworths Gem Books, Northants, UK, Butterworth-Heinemann, 314 pp.

Pieces

  • Hughes, R.W. and Koivula, J.I. (2005) Dangerous curves: A reexamination of Verneuil synthetic corundum.
  • Koivula, J.I. and Hughes, R.W. (2005) Living in the Dark Ages: The fiber-optic light.
  • Koivula, J.I. and Hughes, R.W. (2005) Following the Silk Road: Rutile silk in corundum.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2005) Inside out: The symmetry of crystals and inclusions.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2004) Fluxed up: The fracture healing of ruby. IDEX, Vol. 19, No. 173, September, pp. 110-120.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Emmett, J.L. (2004) Fluxed up: The fracture healing of ruby. The Guide, Vol. 23, Issue 5, Part 1, Sept.-Oct., pp. 1, 4-9.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2004) LIBS - A new beryllium testing method. Palagems.com. Posted April 29, 2004.
  • Ellias, C. and Hughes, R.W. (2004) The Kimberley Process: Appeasement comes to the diamond trade. The Guide, Vol. 23, Issue 1, Part 1, Jan.-Feb., pp. 1, 4-7, 15).
  • Hughes, R.W. and Leber, B. (2003) Banned! Burmese gems in the crossfire.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2003) The history and politics of heat. The Guide, Vol. 22, Issue 5, Part 1, Sept.-Oct., pp. 1, 4-9, 15.
  • Emmett, J.L., Scarratt, K., McClure, S.F., Moses, T., Douthit, T.R., Hughes, R., Novak, S., Shigley, J.E., Wuyi Wang, Bordelon, O., Kane, R.E. (2003) Beryllium diffusion of ruby and sapphire. Gems & Gemology, Vol. 39, No. 2, Summer, pp. 84-135. [voted 'Article of the year' by the magazine's readers]
  • Hughes, R.W. (2002) Walking the line in ruby & sapphire. The Guide, July/August, Vol. 21, Issue 4, Part 1, pp. 4-8.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2002) The Skin Game. The Guide,Vol. 21, No. 2, March-April, pp. 3-7.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2002) Love and Hate: Max's Millions and the Lao sapphire mine saga. The Guide, Vol. 21, No. 1, Part 1, Jan.-Feb., pp. 4-9, 16.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2001) Seeing Red: A guide to ruby connoisseurship. The Guide, Vol. 20, No. 6, Issue 5, Part 1, Nov.-Dec., pp. 4-7, 16.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2001) Digital Devil: Blues with a feeling. The GK Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 6, September-October., pp. 44, 70.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2001) Out of the black: Burmese gems & politics. The Guide, Vol. 20, No. 4, Issue 5, Part 1, Sept.-Oct., pp. 8-14.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2001) Burma: Heaven and hell in the hunt for jade. GK Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 5, May-June, pp. 25-29.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2001) The bigger they are. GK Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 4, Mar.-April., pp. 48, 72.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2001) Passion Fruit: A lover's guide to blue sapphire. The Guide, Vol. 20, No. 2, Part 1, March-April., p. 3-5, 15.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2001) The Digital Devil: Getting out of the kitchen GemKey Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 2, Jan.-Feb., p. 51, 73.
  • Hughes, R.W., Galibert, O., Bosshart, G., Ward, F., Thet Oo, Smith, M., Tay Thye Sun, Harlow, G.E. (2000) Burmese jade: The inscrutable gem. Gems & Gemology, Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring, pp. 2-26.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2000) The Digital Devil: The un-beautiful game GemKey Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 6, Sept.-Oct., p. 45, 86.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2000) The Digital Devil: Who's fooling who? GemKey Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 5, July-August, p. 50.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2000) Fun down under. The Professional Gemologist, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring/Summer, pp. 1-2.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2000) The Digital Devil: If it's doubly refractive like a duck... GemKey Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 4, May-June, p. 64, 107.
  • Hughes, R.W. (2000) The Digital Devil: Check Your Gut Instincts at the Door. GemKey Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 3, March-April, pp. 62-63, 104.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Sickafus, K.E. (1999) Spinel compounds: Structure and property relations. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol. 82, No. 12, December, pp. 3277-3278.
  • Hughes, R.W. & Vock, R. (2000) Blue velvet: Kashmir sapphires. The Professional Gemologist, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring/Summer, pp. 2-3.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Slavens, C. (1999) Tales from the Crypt - GQI lab news: Jadeite - Repaired, assembled, treated. GQ Eye, Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter, pp. 10-11.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1999) The Devil Down Under. Cornerstone, Fall, pp. 1, 3.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1999) The Digital Devil: Opals and Oranges. GemKey Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 1, November-December.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1999) The Digital Devil: From the Laser Drill into the Fire. GemKey Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 6, September-October, pp. 70, 112.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1999) The Digital Devil: Whatever happened to romance? Gemkey Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 5, July-August, p.Ê66.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1999) The Digital Devil: Crying Uncle. GemKey Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 4, May-June, p. 66.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1999) The Digital Devil: Tricky Dick's Guide to Web Designer Netiquette. GemKey Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 3, March-April, pp. 64, 96.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1999) Tales from the Crypt - GQI lab news: Irradiated corundum; sapphire with CO2 inclusion. GQ Eye, Vol. 2, No. 2, Spring, p. 8.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1999) Internet Hell. GemKey Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 2, Jan-Feb., pp. 56, 88.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1999) The crying game: Diamond color grading. GQ Eye, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 3-5.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1999) Burma's jade mines: An annotated Occidental history. Journal of the Geo-Literary Society, Vol. 14, No. 1, January, pp. 15-35.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Ward, F. (1998) Heaven and hell. Gemkey, Vol. 1, No. 1, Nov-Dec, pp. 38-45.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1998) Scary stuff: Enhancement disclosure. GQ Eye, Vol. 1, No. 1, Fall, pp. 1-2.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1998) Dogfights: Dealers versus gemologists. GemKey, Vol. 1, No. 1, Nov-Dec, pp. 52, 69.
  • Hughes, R.W., Galibert, O. et al. (1998) Abenteuerliche Reise ins Reich der Jademinen. Uhren Jewelen Schmuck, Feb, pp. 84-94.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1998) The crying game: Diamond color grading. Wahroongai News, Vol. 32, No. 9, Sept, pp. 34-36.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1998) Cloak and dagger: The politics of Opticon. GQ Eye, Vol. 1, No. 1, Fall, pp. 3, 6.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Galibert, O. (1998) Foreign affairs: Fracture healing/filling of Möng Hsu ruby. Australian Gemmologist, Vol. 20, No. 2, April-June, pp. 70-74.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Zajicek, R. (1997) Catfights - Enhancement Codes and Trade Wars. ICA Gazette, June, pp. 7-9.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Galibert, O. (1997) The green line to Hpakan. Bangkok Post, Bangkok, April 6, 1997, Outlook: pp 4-5.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1997) Where twains do meet. Momentum, Vol. 5, No. 16, pp. 16-19.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Ward, F. (1997) Heaven and hell: The quest for jade in Upper Burma. Asia Diamonds, Vol. 1, No. 2, Sept-Oct, pp. 42-53.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1997) Tracing the green line. Discovery, Vol. 25, No. 2, Feb, pp. 69-73.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1997) Devil's Advocate: Thailand after the fall. Cornerstone, Winter, 1997, pp. 1, 3-6.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1997) Devil's Advocate: Life during wartime. Asia Diamonds, Vol. 1, No. 2, Sept-Oct, pp. 68-72.
  • Hughes, R.W., Galibert, O. et al. (1997) Tracing the green line: A journey to Burma's jade mine. Jewelry Circle's Magazine [in Chinese], No. 42, April, pp. 136-139; No. 43, July, pp. 136-139; No. 44, Oct, pp. 136-139.
  • Hughes, R.W., Galibert, O. et al. (1997) In search of heaven's stone. Momentum, Vol. 5, No. 15, June-Aug, pp. 18-23.
  • Hughes, R.W., Galibert, O. et al. (1996-97) Tracing the green line: A journey to Myanmar's jade mines. Jewelers' Circular-Keystone, Vol. 167, No. 11, Nov, pp. 60-65; Vol. 168, No. 1, Jan, pp. 160-166.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1997) Death of the Thai ruby. Cornerstone, Summer, pp. 1, 3-6.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1996) Ruby and sapphire from Laos. JewelSiam, Vol. 1, No. 1, Feb-March, pp. 36-37.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Galibert, O. (1996) Renaissance in Rubyland. Colored Stone, Vol. 9, No. 6, Nov-Dec, pp. 29-33.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Galibert, O. (1996) Les sapphires de Montana [part 1]. Revue de Gemmologie, No. 128, pp. 4-6.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1996) Pigeon's blood. Momentum, Vol. 4, No. 13, Dec 1996-Feb 1997, pp. 18-21.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1996) Letter to the editor [re: large Madagascar sapphire]. JewelSiam, Vol. 7, No. 4, Aug-Sept, p. 28.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1996) Devil's Advocate: Death of the Thai ruby. JewelSiam, Vol. 7, No. 4, Aug-Sept, pp. 100-105.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1995-96) Devil's Advocate: Dispatch from hyperbole. JewelSiam, Vol. 6, No. 6, Dec-Jan, pp. 82-85.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1995) Montana's Big Sky Sapphires. JewelSiam, Vol. 6, No. 4-5, Aug-Sept, pp. 83-88; Oct-Nov, pp. 51-54.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Win, U Hla. (1995) Burmese sapphire giants. Journal of Gemmology, Vol. 24, No. 8, Oct, pp. 551-561.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1995) Letter to the Editor [on Verneuil process]. Canadian Gemmologist, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 59-60.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1995) Devil's Advocate: On and on and on. JewelSiam, Vol. 6, No. 2, April/May, pp. 81-83.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1995) Devil's Advocate: Connoisseur's guide to famous rubies. JewelSiam, Vol. 6, No. 3, June-July, pp. 44-51.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1995) A brief history of heat. Australian Gemmologist, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 52-54.
  • Galibert, O. and Hughes, R.W. (1995) Chinese ruby and sapphire: A brief history. Journal of Gemmology, Vol. 24, No. 7, July, pp. 467-473.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1994) The rubies and spinels of Afghanistan: A brief history. Journal of Gemmology, Vol. 24, No. 4, October, pp. 256-267.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1994) The name game. Australian Gemologist, Vol. 18, No. 10, May, pp. 311-315.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1993) I beg to differ... A reply to the question of UN sanctions against Cambodia and Thailand's past role in Southeast Asia. Thailand Jewellery Review, Vol. 6, No. 3, March, pp. 199-202.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1993) Bottling up the treatment genie. Thailand Jewellery Review, Vol. 6, No. 3, March, pp. 130-132.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1992) Vietnam's ruby quandary. Thailand Jewellery Review, Vol. 5, No. 11, pp. 22-25.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1992) Vietnam's Quy Chau ruby mines. JewelSiam, Vol. 3, No. 4, July/August, pp. 56-62.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1992) Mining Thai, Lao & Cambodian rubies and sapphires. JewelSiam, Directory, 1992, pp. 125-133.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1992) End of the great ruby famine. Thailand Jewellery Review, Vol. 5, No. 12, pp. 24-27.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1992) The embargo still looms. Thailand Jewellery Review, Vol. 5, No. 12, pp. 28-29.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1992) Devil's Advocate: Vampire blues: deep-diffusion treated sapphires. JewelSiam, No. 3, May-June, pp. 83-86.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1992) Assembled synthetic ruby. ICA Laboratory Alert, No. 64, 2 pp.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1991) There's a rumble in the jungle - The sapphire face-lift face-off saga. Gemological Digest, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 17-31.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1991) Thailand taking the heat. JewelSiam, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 42-48.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1991) The naked eye: A diamond's worst friend. JewelSiam, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 72-75.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Sersen, W.J. (1991) Vietnamese rubies rock the market. JewelSiam, Vol. 2, No. 2, p. 89.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Sersen, W.J. (1991) Bangkok gem market review: Vietnamese ruby. Gemological Digest, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 68-70.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1991) I had a dream. JewelSiam, Vol. 2, No. 4, p. 99.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1991) Corundum identification in a nutshell. Gemological Digest, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 29-31.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1990) Thailand's jewelry industry - A "black paper" on the state of the trade. JewelSiam, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 102-104.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Sersen, W.J. (1990) Bangkok gem market review - ICA in Colombo: the good, the bad and the ugly. Gemological Digest, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 69-72.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1990) A question of origin. Gemological Digest, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 16-32.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1989, 1990) Talkin' 'bout gem-testing instruments. The Australian Gemmologist, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 159-164; No. 5, pp. 242-246.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1989) The inclusions of Turkana sapphires. Gemological Digest, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 35-36.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1989) Diamond grading: Does it work? Gemmology Canada, No. 22, September.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Sersen, W.J. (1990) Bangkok gem market review - ICA in Colombo: the good, the bad and the ugly. Gemological Digest, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 69-72.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1989) Confessions of a stonist. Gemological Digest, Vol. 2, No. 4, p. 37.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1988) Surface repaired corundum - two unusual variations. Journal of Gemmology, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 8-10.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Sersen, W.J. (1988) Bangkok Gem Market Review: The Kanchanaburi sapphire secret. Gemological Digest, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 37-39.
  • Hughes, R.W. and Sersen, W.J. (1988) Bangkok gem market review. Gemological Digest, Vol. 2, Nos. 1 & 2, pp. 20-22.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1988) Reappearance of surface-diffusion treated sapphires in Bangkok. ICA Lab Alert, No. 12, 2 pp.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1988) Pleochroism and colored stone grading. Gemological Digest, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 16-24.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1988) Mogok then and now. Gemological Digest, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 40-41.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1988) Identifying yellow sapphires - two important techniques. Journal of Gemmology, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 23-25.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1988) Diamond grading: Does it work? Personal Property Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 16-20.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1988) Colored stone grading - to be or not to be. Gemological Digest, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 11-15.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1988) Brilliance, windows and extinction in gemstones. Gemological Digest, Vol. 2, Nos. 1 & 2, pp. 10-15.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1987) The world's largest - bonanza or banana? Gemological Digest, Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 4.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1987) Unusual composite ruby. ICA Lab Alert, No. 2, 1 p.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1987) Technique for detection of heat treatment in Sri Lankan yellow and orange sapphires. ICA Lab Alert, No. 1.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1987) Ruby or pink sapphire? A lesson from the past. Gemological Digest, Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 3.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1987) Plastic coating of gemstones. ICA Lab Alert, No. 3, 1 p.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1987) The plastic coating of gemstones. Transactions of the XXI International Gemmological Conference - Brazil 1987, MacGregor, I., ed., In International Gemmological Conference, Brazil, pp. 31-33.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1987) The plastic coating of gemstones. The Australian Gemmologist, Vol. 16, No. 7, pp. 259-261.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1987) Identifying yellow sapphires - two important techniques. Transactions of the XXI International Gemmological Conference, MacGregor, I., ed., In International Gemmological Conference, Brazil, pp. 35-36.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1987) Identifying heat-treated Sri Lankan yellow sapphires. ICA Lab Alert, No. 1, 2 pp.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1987) Glass infilling of cracks in ruby. ICA Lab Alert, No. 4, 1 p.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1987) Gem treatments: to disclose or not to disclose. Gemological Digest, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 1-2.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1987) Diamond grading: Does it work? Gemological Digest, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 1-3.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1987) Detection of color banding/growth zoning in natural and synthetic yellow/orange sapphires. ICA Lab Alert, No. 5, 1 pp.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1987) Are you an expert on gem treatments? National Jeweler, Vol. 31, No. 20, pp. 50-52.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1984) Surface repaired rubies - a new gem treatment. Jewellery News Asia.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1984) Surface repaired rubies. The Australian Gemmologist, Vol. 15, No. 8, pp. 279-280.
  • Hughes, R.W. (1984) AIGS Gem Lab report: Surface repaired rubies - a new gem treatment. The Canadian Gemmologist, Vol. 5, No. 3, p. 85.

Droppings

  • Byron, J. (1998) Colourful language [interview with Richard W. Hughes]. Australian Jeweller, May, p. 10.
  • Allison, T. (1991) The stars of Siam. Asia Magazine, No. F-18, June 21-23, pp. 6-11.
  • Ward, F. (1991) Rubies and sapphires. National Geographic, No. 4, Oct, pp. 100-125.
  • Kremkow, C. (1984) Thai fraud - fact or fiction? An interview with AIGS Lab director Richard Hughes. The Goldsmith, Oct, p. 42.