Edward Boehm

Edward Boehm is a colored stone dealer and consultant from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He began his gemological studies in Switzerland where he spent the summers of his youth under the tutelage of his Grandfather and namesake, Edward J. Gübelin, piquing his curiosity in crystals and gems. Upon graduating in Geology and German from UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to obtain the Graduate Gemologist diploma from the GIA in 1988, followed by the Certified Gemologist title from the AGS in 1992.

Edward began his career working for Overland Gems in Los Angeles and then joined the Gübelin Gem Lab in Lucerne, Switzerland, to further develop his skills in gem identification and research. He eventually returned to California to work with Bill Larson at the renowned colored gemstone mining firm of Pala International for five years before venturing out on his own in 1996. While with Pala, Edward helped develop its Asian presence in Hong Kong and Japan while also traveling to numerous southeast Asian gem sources. He and Larson were two of the first gem dealers along with Dr. Gübelin who were allowed to visit the famous Valley of Mogok, Burma, in 1993.

His company, RareSource, specializes in high end and collectable gemstones and collection sales, acquisition and museum consulting. Edward orchestrated the sale of Dr. Gübelin’s extensive gemstone and research collection to the GIA. Edward has also been a consultant for USAID as part of a World Bank sponsored initiative to improve the gemstone sector in Madagascar. He was a museum and laboratory consultant to GIA from 1999-2009 where he helped develop the campus displays, launching the GIA Museum and special exhibits that continue today under Terri Ottoway. He has also helped build several important private gem and mineral collections and exhibits including the first GEMS exhibit at the Bowers museum in Orange County. Though he travels extensively sourcing gems, he still finds time to be an active member of AGTA, AGS, the GIA Alumni Association, and, for the past six years was a Vice President and an active Board Member of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA).

Mr. Boehm has written numerous articles published in Gems & Gemology and is a member of its editorial review board, as well as, the editorial review committee of ICA’s InColor magazine. He has been featured in JCK, Colored Stone, Professional Jeweler, Jewelers Quarterly, Jewelry News Asia, The Loupe, and Robb Report magazines and was recently quoted in The Economist. His current work takes him to mining localities throughout the world as a consultant and buyer.

2015 Tucson Conference - February 4, 2015

About the AGA Conference & Gala - Topic & Speaker Info

Conference check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Conference sessions from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Continental breakfast, light lunch & Gala ticket are included with the conference fee.

The evening will conclude with a festive dinner and awards ceremony, honoring this year's winner of the prestigious AGA Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology.

The Gala Champagne Reception is from 6:30 to 7:30 pm followed by the Gala Dinner Dance & Bonanno Award Ceremony from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m.

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