James Shigley, the longtime director of research at the Gemological Institute of America, has been given the new role of GIA Distinguished Research Fellow, the institute said in an internal memo acquired by JCK.
“This new role will allow Jim to serve the Institute in a broader scope. As many of you know, Jim has served as a public representative to the press, at trade and technical conferences throughout the world. As GIA Distinguished Research Fellow, Jim will lead the gemological characterization of the Gübelin collection and writing various related articles and reports about the Gübelin Collection to assist education and research,” the memo states.
“This will allow the public and the industry to benefit from the collection, providing important gemological properties that in some instances may not have been previously reported,” it added.
He will serve as a research advisor and have the assistance of some identification and research staff, the memo states. He will also serve as “the main liaison with education to ensure that research results are integrated with education and outreach.”