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2022 AGA Bonanno Award Recipient Announcement

Recipients of the award are selected by a majority vote of the AGA membership.




(PRESS RELEASE) The Bonanno Award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the gemological field. Recipients of the award are selected by a majority vote of the AGA membership.

Gary Roskin, CEO, International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA), is a graduate gemologist, author, journalist, and one of the world’s most highly regarded authorities in the art and science of diamond grading.

“Gary Roskin’s contributions to the gemological community are many, and yet there is one common theme: knowledge worth attaining is also worth sharing,” stated former AGA President, Stuart Robertson. “It isn’t just what Gary knows—and he knows a lot more about the various aspects of gemology than I could ever hope to learn—it’s his dedication to passing on that knowledge that is notable. Through decades of accomplishments and success in very different areas of the industry, Gary Roskin has remained a teacher at heart,” said Robertson.

Gary epitomizes everything the Bonanno Award represents. As a laboratory gemologist, Gary has distinguished himself as a leading expert in diamond grading. His contributions to gemological literature are many. His book, Photo Masters For Diamond Grading, remains the authoritative text on the subject. As a journalist he earned a reputation of always being open to discussing opposing views, while remaining committed to presenting the facts of a story, even if unflattering for the trade.

Roskin has had a hand in teaching many of the gemologists we admire today. In that regard, one could say that Gary Roskin’s dedication shares a commonality with Antonio C. Bonanno’s distinguished career. Roskin is recognized for a life-long body of exceptional contributions to gemology that is firmly rooted in a desire that students, colleagues and peers not only achieve but exceed their own expectations.

As the 2022 recipient of the AGA Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology, Gary joins twenty-five of the world’s leading gemologists. The award includes a personalized plaque and $2000.00 honorarium funded by the AGA membership.


The 2022 Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology will be presented at AGA’s Gala Dinner Dance following the AGA gemological conference, Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel. Tickets to attend the conference and/or gala and celebrate with Gary and his peers are available online.

Check AGA website for more information.



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