The Gemological Institute of America has announced the Irving Getz Scholarship, created by the Getz family, to honor his memory and many contributions to the jewelry industry. Getz, a notable figure in the industry, passed away at the age of 84 on May 27 in Miami.
The Irving Getz Scholarship has been set up for any course or program offered by GIA, including On Campus Education, Distance Education, or Lab Classes.
Irving Getz was an icon within the jewelry industry. He’s been considered by many in the industry as a leader, teacher, mentor, brilliant businessman, and having impeccable taste for merchandising. He began working at his father’s jewelry store in Miami , Mayor’s Jewelers, and expanded it into a fine jewelry retail chain. Getz was president of Jewelers of America, a board member of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, a member of the New York Diamond Dealers Club, and the first ever inductee into the National Jewelers Hall of Fame.
“This scholarship is a true representation of Irving’s high standards of obtaining the most advanced gemological education and also for his simple love for jewelry,” said daughter-in-law, Jennifer Boin Getz. “He was always on this great quest for finding the finest gems and jewels and he enjoyed the excitement of the market. He frequently carried a piece of jewelry around with him to share his adoration on anything that was fine and faceted.”
Getz emphasized to his employees the importance of knowledge about gems and jewelry. For many years, he funded many of his employees to receive a GIA Education.
“GIA is honored to have such an influential individual support our students through education,” said Bev Berthoty, manager of Institute Relations. “Irving Getz’s legacy with this scholarship will not only provide financial assistance to well-deserving students but his story of successes will also be an inspiration.”
Joan Getz, Irving’s wife said, “Irving lived and breathed jewelry and I know that through this scholarship, he would be very proud that his legacy and spirit would help students foster and strengthen their education and knowledge.”
For more information about the Irving Getz Scholarship or to make a donation by phone, call Bev Berthoty, manager of Institute Relations at 760-603-4120.