Events & Awards

Register Now for AGA’s Next Gemology Career Forum

Events & AwardsNov 04, 2021

Register Now for AGA’s Next Gemology Career Forum

The panel features three gemologists specializing in research.

New York—Registration is now open for the Accredited Gemologists Association’s next forum helping gemologists understand their career options.

AGA launched the “What Can You Do with Your Gemology?” series, free and open to all, earlier this year to showcase the various applications for gemological accreditation and careers to consider.

Each will host practicing gemologists in a variety of professions, sharing insights into their paths and answering questions from the audience.

During the upcoming session, slated for Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. PST, AGA will highlight three gemologists specializing in research.

E. Billie Hughes, FGA, is a research gemologist and award-winning photomicrographer at Lotus Gemology in Bangkok.

She is an experienced field gemologist and regularly publishes articles and photographs as well as gives talks worldwide.

AGA awarded Hughes with its Gemological Research Grant in 2019 to continue her study of heat treatment in corundum.

Sarah Caldwell Steele, FGA, DGA, is the director of Ebor Jetworks Ltd. in Whitby, England.

She is a leading authority on jet after nearly 40 years of experience collecting, researching, and cutting the material. 

Steele earned a degree in geology from the U.K.’s Durham University in 1992 and is currently pursuing a PhD in research related to jet.

Wim Vertriest, GG and FGA, holds a master’s degree in geology, specializing in geodynamics and geofluids.

He currently serves as the manager of field gemology at GIA Bangkok, where he oversees the colored stone research collection.

Vertriest has participated in several field expeditions to gem mining areas around the globe and authored and co-authored numerous published articles.

Those interested in attending the session with Hughes, Steele, and Vertriest can register online.

The inaugural session of the “What Can You Do with Your Gemology?” series featured Adrian Smith, FGA, an independent jewelry valuer in Scotland; Stuart Robertson, GG, vice president and research director of Gemworld International; Jill Burgum, GG, fine jewelry director for Heritage Auctions; and Art Samuels, GG, a high-end estate jewelry buyer and seller.

The recording of that panel can still be watched online

 Related stories will be right here … 
Brecken Branstratoris the senior editor, gemstones at National Jeweler, covering sourcing, pricing and other developments in the colored stone sector.

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