Grading

IGI Names Head of Education

GradingJan 06, 2022

IGI Names Head of Education

John Pollard will fill the newly created position.

John Pollard is IGI’s new senior director of education.
Antwerp, Belgium—The International Gemological Institute has appointed John Pollard senior director of education.

The position has been newly created.

Pollard will oversee IGI’s educational offerings and diploma programs that comprise 14 gemology schools around the world, as well as online learning.

IGI education encompasses gemstone grading, jewelry design, and instructional seminars and webinars.

“I am pleased that John is taking on this important role. At IGI, we have always felt a responsibility to provide proper gemological education to all who choose to enter this field. Only then can we have a strong industry, trusted by consumers,” said Roland Lorie, IGI CEO.

“For over 40 years, we have educated tens of thousands of people and we intend to continue reaching more people in more places, increasing knowledge and confidence among professionals and consumers alike.”

Pollard and IGI have worked together on different projects for more than a decade. Since 2020, he has been designing curriculum and training for many of IGI’s clients, including top luxury brands, IGI said.

Pollard has also been a consultant for diamond producers, diamond sellers, and other labs, around the globe.

He has hosted educational seminars at JCK Las Vegas, AGS Conclave, the GIA Alumni Association, and IGI trade conferences.

He was recently the director of education at PriceScope.com. He has also held management roles in different industry-related companies since 2005, working across traditional retail and ecommerce.

Pollard got his start in a different kind of education than gemstones when he worked as a Texas public school educator. He was twice awarded his district’s Education Foundation Award of Excellence.

With degrees in education, gemology, and music, Pollard remains involved in youth education advocacy and serves on the board of directors of Music for All

 Related stories will be right here … 

The Latest

Recorded WebinarsJan 14, 2022
Watch: What Will 2022 Bring?

Sherry Smith, Peter Smith and Edahn Golan join Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff and try to answer the question, how long will the party last?

EditorsJan 14, 2022
See a Few of Betty White’s Best Jewelry Looks

Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff celebrates the Golden Girl’s jewelry style ahead of what would’ve been her 100th birthday.

TrendsJan 14, 2022
All About Megan Fox’s Engagement Ring from Machine Gun Kelly

Designed by Stephen Webster, it’s a ring-stack take on the toi et moi style.

Brought to you by
Melee the Show Launches Tucson Event, Returns to New York in 2022

The boutique tradeshow, happening first in Tucson then New York City, brings together upscale designers from around the world.

TrendsJan 14, 2022
Piece of the Week: Made by Malyia’s Plunging Ocean Wave Hoops

Combining thoughtful design and wearability, they were a standout of 2021.

Weekly QuizJan 13, 2022
This Week’s Quiz
Test your knowledge of the latest jewelry news with this quick test.
Take the Quiz
SourcingJan 13, 2022
Part of the Red Beryl Mine Is Producing Again, One Owner Says

Red Emerald Inc., which is under new ownership, started mining at the Utah site last spring.

MajorsJan 13, 2022
Robbins Brothers’ Management Buys Back Company

The jewelry store chain was sold to a private equity firm as part of bankruptcy proceedings in 2009.

Brought to you by
Rare & Forever Can Help You Tell A New Story At The Counter And Close More Sales!

A.I. technology is revolutionizing the jewelry business through more accurate and consistent diamond grading.

Policies & IssuesJan 13, 2022
There’s Still Time to Sign Up for BIJC’s IDEA Sessions

The first session is scheduled for Jan. 19 and focuses on addressing racial justice and confronting one’s biases.

×