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AGA’s Next Career Forum Is All About Gem and Mineral Museums

Events & AwardsMar 08, 2023

AGA’s Next Career Forum Is All About Gem and Mineral Museums

Registration is open now for AGA’s latest virtual “What Can You Do With Your Gemology?” career forum.

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AGA's next career forum speakers are (left to right): Raquel Alonso-Perez, McKenzie Santimer, and Dorothy Asher.
New York—The Accredited Gemologists Association has announced its next career forum.

The virtual event will be dedicated to gemology careers in the world of gem and mineral museums.

A panel of gemologists will discuss their roles as museum curators, directors, and researchers.

Dorothy J. Asher, GIA G.G., is director of the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Possessing more than three decades of experience, Asher manages daily operations and staff, exhibition development and design, collection management, and exhibition loans, as well as educational programs for the public.

The Lizzadro Museum is known for its extensive collection and is notable for its Qing dynasty jade.

Raquel Alonso-Perez, Ph.D., is curatrix of the Mineralogical and Geological Museum, Harvard University.

Alonso-Perez’s duties encompass teaching, research, public education, and development of the Earth Sciences Collection.

She earned her Ph.D. in Earth and Material Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, and her FGA from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (GEM-A).

Her research focuses on understanding Earth’s forming processes and the origin of gem deposits. She is also an associate editor for GIA and GEM-A.

McKenzie Santimer, GIA G.G., is a manager of museum exhibits and in-kind gifts at GIA headquarters in Carlsbad, California, a role she has held for 17 years.

Santimer oversees the GIA collection and designs exhibitions focusing on gemology and jewelry arts.

She is a graduate of Hawaii Pacific University and has Graduate Gemologist and Graduate Jeweler diplomas from GIA.

The virtual event is part of AGA’s programming to showcase career paths available to gemologists. The series began in 2021.

The virtual forum is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 at 9 a.m. PST and registration is available online

The event is free and open to all.

Questions may be directed to Kate Donovan at katedonovan@accreditedgemologists.org.

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