Ed Fasnacht, longtime jewelry industry veteran and client service manager at AGS Laboratories, died Oct. He was highly regarded by both AGS Lab staff and clientele, and his jewelry career spans four decades.
After finishing college at DePauw University, where he received his BA in Economics, Fasnacht, served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1961-1968, and was an operations officer in Vietnam on river patrol duty. He was awarded both the Navy Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star Medal for his service.
After his tour of duty, Fasnacht worked in his family’s store, Fasnacht Jewelry. He left the business in 1970 for the Dayton-Hudson Corp., where he worked at J. Jessop & Sons in San Diego, Dayton-Hudson Jewelers in Minneapolis and J.E. Caldwell in Philadelphia. In 1976, he returned to Fasnacht’s Jewelry Store in Logansport, Ind., and became the secretary-treasurer, where he designed and implemented payroll and inventory systems.
After working in the family business for two decades, Fasnacht joined AGS Laboratories in Las Vegas, working in Operations before becoming a client service manager. He was highly regarded for his breadth of industry experience and vast network of contacts. Clients enjoyed his easy-going manner and valued his knowledge of Lab operations.
Fasnacht served in numerous volunteer activities throughout the industry. He was a past member of Jewelers of America, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, and a past chair of the Indiana Guild for AGS and served as past president for the Indiana Jewelers Association. He was a Certified Gemologist for AGS.
Ed Fasnacht is survived by his wife, Jackie, and his two daughters, Amy and Nicole, as well as his son John. He will be missed by family, friends, the entire American Gem Society and American Gem Society Laboratories team, and throughout the industry.