Edward Boehm, CG, is a colored stone dealer and consultant from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He began his gemological studies in Switzerland, where he spent the summers of his youth under the tutelage of his Grandfather, Edward J. Gübelin, piquing his curiosity in crystals and gems. Upon graduating in Geology & German from UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to obtain the Graduate Gemologist diploma from the GIA in 1988, followed by the Certified Gemologist® title from the AGS in 1992. He has also completed the SSEF advanced laboratory gemology course under the tutelage of Prof. Henry Hänni in 1998.
Boehm began his career working for Overland Gems in Los Angeles and then joined the Gübelin Gem Lab in Lucerne, Switzerland, to further develop his skills in gem identification and research. He eventually returned to California to work with Bill Larson at the renowned colored gemstone and mining firm of Pala International for five years before venturing out on his own in 1996. While with Pala, Edward helped develop its Asian presence in Hong Kong and Japan, traveling to numerous Southeast Asian gem sources in the process. In 1992, Dr. Gübelin invited Edward and Bill to accompany him to Burma to visit the famous Valley of Mogok. They were the first western gem dealers in 35 years allowed to visit the famous gem producing valley.
Edward’s company, RareSource, specializes in fine and collectible gemstones, collection sales & acquisitions, and museum consulting. He was a museum and laboratory consultant to GIA from 1999-2009 where he helped develop the campus displays, launching the GIA Museum and special exhibits that continue today under Terri Ottoway. He recently orchestrated the sale of Dr. Gübelin’s extensive gemstone and research collection to the GIA. He has also helped build several important private gem and mineral collections and exhibits including the first GEMS exhibit at the Bowers museum in Orange County. In 2003, Edward served as a consultant to USAID as part of a World Bank sponsored initiative to improve the gemstone sector in Madagascar.
Though he travels extensively sourcing gems, Edward still finds time to be an active member of AGTA, the AGS, the GIA Alumni Association, and as Vice President and active Board Member of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) for six years. He currently serves as a Vice-Chairman for the Gemstone Industry & Laboratory Conference (GILC) and is a member of the esteemed International Gemological Conference (IGC), which just held its 33rd biennial meeting in Vietnam.
Mr. Boehm has authored and co-authored numerous articles in Gems & Gemology and is a member of its editorial review board, as well as, the Journal of Gemmology. He has also written articles or been featured in JCK, Colored Stone, Professional Jeweler, Modern Jeweler, Jewelers Quarterly, Jewelry News Asia, The Loupe, Robb Report, The Economist, and Chubb Insurance magazines. His current work takes him to mining localities throughout the world as a consultant and buyer.