AGS Honors Crowningshield, Koivula

The American Gem Society (AGS) recently presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to G. Robert Crowningshield, retired vice president of the Gemological Institute of America's (GIA) Gem Laboratory, and the new Richard T. Liddicoat Journalism Award to GIA chief research gemologist John I. Koivula. The ceremony was held July 29 at the Rainbow Room in New York. Crowningshield accepted the award from AGS president-elect Bill Sites. GIA vice president of Identification and Research Services Tom Moses remarked on Crowningshield's frequent involvement in AGS Conclaves. "Bob was well known for bringing practical information to the conclaves that members could take back to their stores and put to use immediately," Moses said. "Through his interaction with you at conclaves, he developed numerous friendships that he holds in high regard and often reminisces about today." Crowningshield's career
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