GIA Alumni Chapter Members Recognized

The Gemological Institute of America recently announced that Rick Velayo, G.G., of Palo Alto, California, was recognized as the 2010 International Alumni Achievement recipient; and Amish Turakhia, G.G., of Mumbai, received the 2010 International Alumni Leadership Award.

Both were recognized at the annual GIA Alumni dinner, auction, and dance party recently held in Tucson, Arizona.

Velayo, a member of the California-Golden Gate Chapter, has been active in the Bay Area jewelry community for more than 20 years. Turakhia is a founding member of the GIA Alumni Mumbai Chapter, which counts more than 700 members since it was established a year ago.

For more information on nominating a 2010 Alumni award recipient contact Alumni Relations Coordinator, Debora Flores at

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