Spring 2019 Speaker-in-Residence

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Spring 2019 Speaker-in-Residence

 After taking a gem grading class at GIA, the enthusiasm of the instructors inspired her to sign up for the gemology program.  After she obtained a GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma she began working for a large Los Angeles firm and was exposed to a wide variety of diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and pearls.

Renée then turned to writing consumer guides to buying gems.  Information used in her books comes from hands-on experience, from dealers and jewelers, from appraisers and gem laboratories, seminars, consumers and hobbyists and gem shows.  Her many photographs are outstanding and help illustrate her work and she's an outstanding speaker! 

You can learn more about Renée by visiting her website www.reneenewman.com

Fall 2019 Speaker-in-Residence

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Fall 2019 Speaker-in-Residence

 

Our fall speaker is Elise Skalwold. She is an Accredited Senior Gemologist, independent researcher, educator, author, and photographer. She has served as Consulting Gemological Curator at her alma mater Cornell University (B.Sc.1982) and is contributing editor and author for the quarterly column G&G Micro-World featured in Gems & Gemology, the peer reviewed scientific journal of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Ms. Skalwold is a graduate gemologist (GIA.). While living in Thailand she worked in the famous gem markets of both Chanthaburi and Bangkok and pursued studies at the Gem & Jewelry Institute of Thailand for which she was subsequently elected a Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain (F.G.A.) in London.Passionate about her work, Elise takes great pride in representing gemology as a relevant geoscience around the world and with having done so at Cornell University. She is an author and co-author of several books, scientific papers and articles. She has spoken to gemological conferences worldwide, including Scotland, Sweden, Tucson, at the GIA Carlsbad and alumni chapters, Sinkankas Symposium, and is a repeat speaker at the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium and the New York Mineralogical Club. Please visit her website at  http://www.nordskip.com/aboutelise.html will be accompanied by her wonderful husband, James Edward, a professional geologist.