Lule is the special projects manager at Gemworld International
The Accredited Gemologist Association (AGA) has awarded the 2016 Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology to Cigdem Lule.
Lule, who has her FGA (Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain) and her GG (graduate gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America), is the special projects manager at Gemworld International. Her specialty is archaeogemology, or the study of ancient gems in order to better understand ancient civilizations.
The award, also known as the Bonanno Award, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of gemology. Winners are selected by the AGA membership in a majority vote.
“Cigdem inspires both novice and veteran gemologists alike through classes and lectures that exhibit her knowledge of gemology and mineralogy as well as her passion for science and ancient history,” said AGA vice president Teri Brossmer. “Her ability to bring ancient civilizations and their cultures to life through her study of the gemstones and jewelry collected from archaeological digs reminds us all of mankind’s enchantment with gemstones stretching thousands of years.”
The award will be presented at AGA’s gala dinner dance on Feb. 3, 2016, at the conclusion of its Tucson conference.