Fall 2019
Speaker-in-Residence
Elise Skalwold


Elise Skalwold


Our fall speaker is Elise Skalwold. She is an Accredited Senior Gemolgist, independent researcher, educator, author, and photographer. She has served as Consulting Gemological Curator at her alma mater Cornell University (B.Sc.1982) and is contributing editor and author for the quarterly column G&G Micro-World featured in Gems & Gemology, the peer reviewed scientific journal of the Gemolgical Institute of America (GIA).Ms. Skalwold is a graduate gemologist (GIA.). While living in Thailand she worked in the famous gem markets of both Chanthaburi and Bangkok and pursued studies at the Gem & Jewelry Institute of Thailand for which she was subsequently elected a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (F.G.A.) in London.Passionate about her work, Elise takes great pride in representing gemology as a relevant geoscience around the world and with having done so at Cornell University. She is an author and co-author of several books, scientific papers and articles. She has spoken to gemological conferences worldwide, including Scotland, Sweden, Tucson, at the GIA Carlsbad and alumni chapters, Sinkankas Symposium, and is a repeat speaker at the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium and the New York Mineralogical Club.Please visit her website at http://nordskip.com/.Elise will be accompanied by her wonderful husband, James Edward, a professional geologist.