Editorial Gems & Gemology, Spring 2013, Vol. 49, No. 1

Enriching a Tradition

Duncan Pay brings more than a decade of gemology education, manufacturing and retail experience to Gems & Gemology as the quarterly’s new editor-in-chief. Photo by Kevin Schumacher.
As the new editor-in-chief of Gems & Gemology, I thank Jan Iverson for her recent stewardship of the journal. Jan will be taking over as GIA’s director of Education Content Development. I wish her every success in this new role. Let me also thank GIA president and CEO Donna Baker and vice president of Education Bev Hori for giving me this opportunity.
Allow me to introduce myself. My background is in the colored stone industry. I also have extensive experience in jewelry manufacture and retail. Besides being a Graduate Gemologist, I am a Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A). At GIA, I’ve been director of Course Development for over a decade. One of my proudest accomplishments was the recent transformation of our distance-education gemology courses from print to eLearning.
I join G&G at a tremendously exciting time. GIA has the largest cadre of talented research scientists and the most extensive network of labs and research centers in its history. The topics of their investigations have never been wider—or more challenging. And G&G is your window into this exciting world of research.
G&G will be at the center of the Research & News section of the new GIA website, which launches April 30, so please keep this date in mind. The new website provides an unparalleled online knowledge base that will serve your professional needs better than we’ve ever done before.
We’re placing a remarkable resource—almost 80 years—of groundbreaking gemological knowledge at your fingertips. As a visitor to www.gia.edu, you’ll have unrestricted access to every G&G issue back to the journal’s inception in January 1934—full articles, Gem News International, Lab Notes, and all the regular features. And we pledge to continue to provide the highest levels of gemological research in the exacting tradition of G&G’s rich legacy.
G&G has never been more necessary. Let no one to be in any doubt over GIA’s commitment to our journal. We see it as a vital part of a wider system, one that links GIA’s education with its ongoing research, and delivers that essential knowledge to our readers.