Gemologist and jewelry historian Jack Ogden has been named chief executive of Gem-A, the Gemmological Association and Gem Testing Laboratory of Great Britain. Ogden’s appointment became effective Nov. 1. He replaces Terry Davidson who retired.
Based at Gem-A’s London headquarters, Ogden will be responsible for all Gem-A operations including education, instruments and research. Plus he will oversee the ongoing development of the Gem Testing Laboratory of Great Britain. His international role also includes support for Gem-A’s allied teaching centers in 30 counties, plus Gem-A’s role within CIBJO and associated industry associations.
Davidson hand-picked Ogden as his replacement. “I am delighted to welcome Jack Ogden to Gem-A,” Davidson said. “I can think of no better person to take over the reins and strengthen the Association’s commitment to professional gemmological excellence. I can now retire, after over 50 fantastic years in the jewelry trade, feeling confident that Gem-A is in very safe hands and facing a bright future.”
“I hope that I can use the wide range of knowledge that I have gained so far to expand further Gem-A’s range of services and the Association’s approach to business,” Ogden said. “Terry Davidson has developed a forward-thinking team of professionals who share a commitment to Gem-A’s ongoing success. My goal is to build on Gem-A’s strengths and mark the next phase in the Association’s growth.”