Gary Roskin, a well-known gemstone expert who wrote for JCK for more than a decade and has taught and worked at the Gemological Institute of America, has been appointed executive director of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA).
Roskin will work out of the organization’s new office in New York City.
Roskin tells JCK that his chief priority is to “grow” the organization.
“I want to see a lot of the colored gemstone industry become members,” he adds. “I want to see a lot more members get involved.”
The ICA “focuses on transparency and disclosure of treatments and enhancements, as well as being socially and ethically and environmentally responsible,” he adds. “All of its standards have been my standards for a long time. It will be a pleasure working with this organization and helping it attain its goals.”
Roskin’s resume includes more than 11 years as a JCK senior editor covering gemstones and stints as executive director of the GIA Alumni Association and assistant lab director at the GIA and EGL labs. In 1994, he authored Photo Masters for Diamond Grading, a leading reference book on diamond grading. Recently, he’s published the Roskin Gem News Report, a website and e-newsletter on the gem industry.
He has a graduate gemologist degree and is a fellow of Gem-A, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.