Obituary: Simine Mozaffarian, G.G.

Friends and colleagues in the gem and jewelry industry are mourning the tragic loss of Simine Mozaffarian, a former instructor with the Gemological Institute of America, who died in London on June 14 as a result of a traffic accident. Mozaffarian was born in Iran in 1949, one of the fourth generation of a family of jewelry retailers and manufacturers that operated businesses in Tehran and San Francisco. She earned her Graduate Gemologist diploma from GIA in 1977, working first as a diamond grader and later as assistant laboratory supervisor in the GIA Gem Trade Laboratory in New York. After leaving GIA, Mozaffarian moved to Toronto, and through most of the 1980s served as an instructor and liaison with GIA students at the Canadian Jewellers Institute. Mozaffarian also worked with the Ministry of Consumer Corporate Affairs, the Canadian Gemological Association, and the Canadian Jewele
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