Remembering Dr. Edward J. Gübelin

Dr. Edward J. Gübelin was one of the world's most respected, honored, and accomplished gemologists, and many articles will be published elucidating his unparalleled professional achievements. My intent here is to provide personal insights into the life of one of gemology's greatest heroes. As a young gemology student in 1977, I first learned of Dr. Gübelin from his classic 1974 book Internal World of Gemstones: Documents from Space and Time, and from his many articles. Upon graduation from the Gemological Institute of America, I joined the staff of GIA's Gem Trade Laboratory. In 1979, I was 22 years old and thrilled to receive a long letter from Dr. Gübelin complimenting me on my first published article, "Developments and Highlights at GIA's Lab in Los Angeles." He encouraged me to continue taking photomicrographs and to keep writing. In his letter he was kind, articulate, and graci
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