Contact:  Adam Graham July 31, 2008

Hughes Leaving AGTA GTC

July 31, 2008 - Dallas, TX: Richard W. Hughes, Gemological Administrator for the AGTA Gemological Testing Center (AGTA GTC), will be leaving his position effective at the end of August for a new opportunity in Thailand. Hughes has been with AGTA since 2005.

"We wish Richard nothing but the best in his future endeavors," stated Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. "Richard has been a valuable contributor in many facets of the AGTA GTC's operations for the past several years."

Hughes is one of the world's foremost authorities on ruby and sapphire. A Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, his first book, the highly regarded Corundum, was published in 1990. Richard's 1997 book, Ruby & Sapphire, is the standard work on the subject and is considered among the finest monographs ever written on a single gem species. He also contributed several chapters to Robert Webster's Gems.

The AGTA is an Association of natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industry professionals, dedicated to promoting the natural colored gemstone trade. The Association pursues this mission through the combined use of educational programs, industry events and publicity to both the trade and consumer. We are The Authority in Color.


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