Dr. Lore Kiefert, Chief Gemmologist


Lore was first exposed to gemmology when she started studying Mineralogy in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1981. She completed her Master's thesis on the origin of sapphires in 1981. She then moved to Australia and a different field of research: the chemical composition of desert dust, which earned her a PhD in 1996. Leaving Australia for Switzerland in 1994, she joined the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute as Deputy Director; she went on to become its Director of the Coloured Stones Department as well. During her time at the SSEF, she completed her FGA Diploma in 1998. In 2005, Lore went to New York to head the AGTA Gemmological Testing Center as Laboratory Director until she decided to return to Europe to join the Gubelin Gem Lab as Chief Gemmologist in October 2009.

Lore has authored and co-authored numerous gemmological publications in gemmological and scientific journals, as well as chapters in textbooks such as the Handbook of Raman Spectroscopy. She regularly delivers gemmological lectures at conferences worldwide and has co-organised two gemmological conferences in Switzerland and the USA. Lore is also on the editorial review board of Gems & Gemology, as well as co-chair of the LMHC.


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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