Gem passionista Elaine Ferrari-Santhon began her education early on by frequenting neighborhood Jewelry stores, attending gem and jewelry shows, and digging for more information on what she saw and heard. This unwavering interest eventually led her to jobs in the gem industry. After stints with retail and wholesale jewelers and working trade shows, Elaine earned her Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) degree in residence at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in 1994.
Subsequently, Elaine held positions teaching online and resident courses in diamonds, diamond grading, colored stones and gem identification at GIA for more than 10 years. With her expertise and enthusiasm, Elaine also researched, developed and presented lectures on gemology and co-developed GIA's junior gemology program.
In addition to being a Graduate Gemologist, Elaine is a GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional and an American Gem Society Certified Gemologist.