Elise A. Skalwold, BSc, GG (GIA)

Elise A. Skalwold is an AGA Accredited Senior Gemologist, independent researcher, educator and author. She serves as Consulting Gemological Curator at her alma mater, Cornell University (B.Sc. 1982), and is Contributing Editor and author for the quarterly column G&G Micro-World featured in Gems & Gemology, the peer-reviewed scientific journal of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Ms. Skalwold is a Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) trained in residence at the Gemological Institute of America Robert Mouawad Campus located in Carlsbad, CA. While living in Thailand she worked in the famous gem markets of both Chanthaburi and Bangkok and pursued studies at the Gem & Jewelry Institute of Thailand for which she was subsequently elected a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (F.G.A.). She is an active member of the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP), a world-wide network linking curators from large and small institutions from which members draw on combined expertise.

As well as having co-authored the 415 page book The Edward Arthur Metzger Gem Collection and presently working on a companion volume to it, Ms. Skalwold is an author/co-author of gemology and mineralogy papers featured in InColor, Gems & Gemology, The Journal of Gemmology and Rocks & Minerals Magazine. Passionate about gemology, she is actively involved in bringing this science into a university setting for the benefit of students and non-students alike – this is the quintessential theme of her paper "Scholarly Treasure: The Role of Gems in a University Setting" presented at the 2013 GIA-sponsored first-ever Gemological Session of the Geological Society of America (GSA) 125th Anniversary Annual Meeting. For her review of the Gemological Session please see: "Gemology bears triumphant tidings: a review of the historic 125th Anniversary Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA)." Her speaking engagements have recently included the Manhattan Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association Chapter, the New York Mineralogical Club (co-founded by George F. Kunz in 1886), the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium and the 11th Annual Sinkankas Symposium [Ruby] held at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, CA.

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