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ICA Founder Gubelin Dies at 91

Mar 22, 2005 5:10 PM   By Jeff Miller
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(Rapaport...March 22, 2005) Eduard Gübelin, founder of modern of gemology and founding, organizing member of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA,) passed-away in Switzerland at age 91.

Gübelin is considered one of the forefathers of modern gemology, and was the grandfather of ICA director Edward Boehm. Gübelin joined his father’s gem and jewelry business during the first quarter of the 20th century. He became well known throughout the world for his research and work in gemology, and authored many publications including; Internal World of Gemstones: Documents from Space and Time (1974.)

The Gübelin Gem Lab in Lucerne continues be a well-known gemological laboratory. Richard Hughes, of the American Gem Trade Association Gem Testing Laboratory, provided a statement on hearing of Gübelin's death.

“I had the opportunity a decade ago to assist him in compiling a bibliography of his writings. As I perused the listings, I was struck by the sheer breadth of his work. And so often as I traveled to remote areas in pursuit of gems, I found myself traveling paths that he had blazed decades before," Hughes wrote.

Gübelin was a Renaissance Man in the old-school style; author, artist, filmmaker, traveler, and poet. He had a love of life and living and that always came through in his writings. "Eduard Gübelin was the father of modern gemology. We are all his children,” Hughes said.

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