E. Billie Hughes, FGA

E. Billie Hughes visited her first gem mine (in Thailand) at age two and by age four had
visited three major sapphire localities in Montana. A 2011 graduate of UCLA (B.A., Political
Science), she qualified as a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA)
in 2013. Billie's photographic work has been published in Terra Spinel, the Wall Street
Journal, Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide, Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's
Guide and Inside Out.

To date, she has visited scores of countries for research on gems, including most of the major ruby and sapphire deposits in the world, and has delivered lectures in China, France, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the UK, and the US. Her articles, gemological images and photomicrographs have appeared in Gems & Gemology, The Gemguide, The Journal of the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong, and InColor magazine. She is a talented photomicrographer and has won prizes from the Nikon Small World, Gem-A, Clemson University, and Close-Up Photographer of the Year competitions. In 2020, Van Cleef & Arpels’ L’École School of Jewellery Arts hosted exhibitions of her inclusion photography in Paris and Hong Kong.