Andrew Cody

Andrew started collecting fossils, minerals, and gemstones at 12 years of age. He began cutting opal in 1964 after a school excursion to Coober Pedy. In 1971, he established a wholesale opal and gem cutting business, which expanded to include exporting worldwide.

His industry achievements include involvement in the proclamation of Opal as Australia's National Gemstone, the production of an award winning Opal stamp series with Australia Post, the design of the official National Gemstone emblem and development of the official Opal Nomenclature.

Andrew wrote, "Australian Precious Opal – a Guide Book for Professionals" which was used extensively worldwide by the industry. In 2010 Andrew and his brother Damien published "The Opal Story" in five languages, there are now more than 60,000 copies in circulation.

Andrew is joint founder and director of "The National Opal Collection" (NOC) with showrooms and boutique museums in both Sydney and Melbourne. His opalised fossil collection is probably the finest in private hands and includes a 2.5 metre opalised pliosaur and the upper jaw of a rare mesozoic mammal.

The Cody businesses are winners of both Australian Government Export and Tourism industry Awards. He has a Gold Commendation from the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, is an honorary fellow of the Gemmological Association of Australia, and is an Associate of The Australian Museum.

Andrew regularly presents to international forums on the subjects of Opal and Ethical Trade. Presentations include the Gemological Institutes in USA, Great Britain, France, and Japan; forums in China, Switzerland, Dubai, Thailand, Germany and Brazil.

He has served the Industry in a number of official capacities including President of the Australian Gem Industry Association, Founding Member and Chairman of the Australian Jewellery and Gemstone Industry Council, and President of The International Coloured Gemstone Association.

Tucson Conference - February 3, 2016

About the AGA Conference & Gala - Topic & Speaker Info

Conference check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Conference sessions from 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 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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