The International Colored Gemstone Association has appointed well-known gems and jewelry expert Gary Roskin as its executive director.
Roskin will start the new position August 4 and will work from the New York office of the Hong Kong-based organization. He will be responsible for its day-to-day activities and development. He will report to the ICA Board of Directors.
Gary Roskin is a highly respected gemologist and journalist with extensive gems and jewelry industry experience. He established Roskin Gemological Services, which includes the well-known Roskin Gem News Report, and was the Gemstone Editor of BASELWORLD Daily News. In addition, he was formerly the senior gemstone editor of JCK magazine, and the executive director of the GIA Alumni Association.
“It is indeed an honor to be the new executive director of the ICA,” Roskin said. “ICA is a not-for-profit organization which promotes the understanding and appreciation of all aspects of the colored gemstones and jewelry industry. This is in line with my personal beliefs and relates to all of the things I have written about and have taught for decades.”
ICA President Benjamin Hackman said: “We are delighted that Gary will be joining the ICA in such an important position. There is no doubt that this pivotal role will enhance the work of the ICA, which is the leading worldwide organization in the field of colored gemstones and jewelry. ICA will benefit from Gary's vast experience in the industry: from jewelry to gemology and gemstones to diamonds. ICA’s Board of Directors and I are happy to welcome Gary to his new position.”
The International Colored Gemstone Association, a non-profit organization, is the only worldwide body specifically created to benefit the global colored gemstone industry. ICA was founded in 1984 and is now comprised of over 600 gemstone dealers, cutters, miners and retailers from 47 countries who are devoted to advancing and promoting the knowledge and appreciation of colored gemstones.
ICA’s global network works to develop a common language for promotion and consistent business standards necessary to improve international communication and trade of colored gemstones.