NCDIA Names Top Gemologist Tom Gelb as Educational Director

NCDIA Names Top Gemologist Tom Gelb as Educational Director

New York, New York April 17, 2012

New York, New York April 17, 2012 – The Natural Color Diamond Association (NCDIA) announced that it has appointed Tom Gelb as Educational Director. Gelb, former manager at the Gemological Institute of America, brings with him extensive knowledge of natural color diamonds. In order to increase color diamond education throughout the industry, the NCDIA brought in Gelb, a GIA certified gemologist with over 18 years experience grading and evaluating natural color diamonds, working with top jewelry brands including Harry Winston.

“Gelb is one of the top gemologists for color diamonds and we are pleased to have him working with us to enhance our educational programs to consumers and our growing membership base,” says Jordan Fine, secretary of the Natural Color Diamond Association.

Gelb’s exciting, new multi-faceted program will provide important educational benefits to NCDIA members and natural color diamond community at large. Gelb will be hosting quarterly seminars where expert gemologists will speak on various topics and offer question and answer sessions to better educate the industry about color diamonds. Already on the agenda is an event at JCK, where Gelb will speak about understanding the unique characteristics of these gems, and will provide useful knowledge for retailers how to market and sell natural color diamonds. The Association plans to also take it's seminars on the road with plans in the works for events in Los Angeles and New York.

The NCDIA has developed dynamic new collateral to send to members including a “Color Diamond Sales Pack” with impactful selling points and techniques for natural color diamonds. In addition Gelb is currently reworking the educational agenda of the NCDIA to make it more user friendly. One of his first initiatives is starting a quarterly newsletter for all members – the first will cover the popular yellow diamond and its unique history and appearance. As an expert in this area, he will also foster best practice throughout the natural color diamond industry by encouraging members to abide by the NCDIA/JVC compliance standards while making accurate representations about natural color diamonds.

Gelb expresses, "I am very excited to be working with the NCDIA. I believe the focus on education will broaden the understanding of these beautiful gems. The more people that understand them will want to buy them.”