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Tag Archives: Robert M. Shipley

Topaz or Not Topaz? That is the Question!

One of the missions Robert M. Shipley defined when he created the Gemological Institute of America was to rectify incorrect practices¬†in the jewelry and gem business. One of the most common of these is the use of trade names and misnomers for gemstones. Before the development of the gemological sciences, it was common for gem […]

Restoring the Ring of GIA founder Robert M. Shipley- A Father’s Legacy

We thought this would be a great post the week after Father’s Day. Often at Mardon Jewelers, we’re asked to perform an expert service by a client. Such was the case recently when we restored the ring that originally belonged to Robert M. Shipley, the founder of GIA. Early in his career, Mr. Shipley realized […]