New Book Chronicles GIA’s History

The history of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), from its founding during the depths of the Great Depression through its development into what is today the world's foremost authority in gemology, is recounted in a new book released in October. Legacy of Leadership: A History of the Gemological Institute of America was researched and written by award-winning veteran journalist William George Shuster, a senior editor for JCK magazine. The institute's remarkable evolution, led by the vision of founder Robert M. Shipley Sr., and the three successive leaders who built on and expanded his legacy—Richard T. Liddicoat Jr., Glenn Nord, and William E. Boyajian—is chronicled in detail and with numerous little-known anecdotes in the book's 451 pages. Shuster, a three-time winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for Editorial Achievement (business journalism's version of the Pulitzer Prize)

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