By Ashley Bailey
, Thursday, April 19, 2007
From GIA, Carlsbad, Calif. - The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the world’s foremost authority in gems and gemology, will present its 2006 GIA Chapter Volunteer Award to U.S. Virgin Island Senator Shawn-Michael Malone in recognition of his work in establishing an alumni chapter in St. Thomas. The chapter works to establish the study of the science of gems and gemology on the island in recognition of the importance of jewelry to the tourism industry there. The presentation takes place at the “GIA Rocks Tucson” party, celebrating the GIA Alumni Association’s 25th Anniversary while raising money for GIA’s Alumni Endowment Fund.
Proceeds from the GIA Rocks Tucson event benefit the GIA Alumni Endowment Fund, which is part of the larger GIA Endowment Campaign. Endowment monies are permanently invested, leaving the interest earned to be disbursed over time to support GIA Alumni Association needs such as continuing alumni education, student equipment loan programs, or other priorities.
GIA – the Gemological Institute of America:
An independent nonprofit organization, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is recognized as the world's foremost authority in gemology. Established in 1931, GIA has translated its expert knowledge into the most respected gemological education available. In 1953, the Institute created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world. Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. GIA can be found on the Internet at http://www.gia.edu/. Media queries contact: Laura Simanton 760-603-4112.