Events & Awards

Gary Roskin Will Receive the 2022 Bonanno Award

Events & AwardsDec 03, 2021

Gary Roskin Will Receive the 2022 Bonanno Award

Roskin heads the International Colored Gemstone Association, and is a graduate gemologist, author, journalist, and diamond grading expert.

International Colored Gemstone Association Executive Director Gary Roskin will be presented with the Accredited Gemologists Association’s 2022 Bonanno Award for excellence in gemology during its annual conference in Tucson.
San Diego—The Accredited Gemologists Association has announced that Gary Roskin, executive director of the International Colored Gemstone Association, will receive the 2022 Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology.

The Bonanno Award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the gemological field.

Recipients are chosen by a majority vote of the AGA membership.

Roskin is a graduate gemologist, author, journalist, and a highly regarded authority in diamond grading who epitomizes everything the award represents, AGA said.

He has proven himself a leading expert in diamond grading, has contributed great amounts of gemological literature—his book, “Photo Masters for Diamond Grading,” remains a top text on the topic—and has earned a reputation of addressing all views as a journalist while also staying committed to the facts of a story.

Roskin also has played a part in teaching many of today’s top gemologists, just as Antonio C. Bonanno did.

“Gary Roskin’s contributions to the gemological community are many, and yet there is one common theme: knowledge worth attaining is also worth sharing,” said 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.”

Roskin is the 26th recipient of the AGA’s Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology.

The award includes a personalized plaque and $2,000 honorarium funded by the AGA’s membership.

AGA will present him with the award at its annual gala dinner/dance following the gemological conference in Tucson on Wednesday, Feb. 2.

Tickets for the conference and/or gala, as well as more information about the events, can be found at

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Brecken Branstratoris the senior editor, gemstones at National Jeweler, covering sourcing, pricing and other developments in the colored stone sector.

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