Richard Drucker, GIA GG, is the president of Gemworld International, Inc. in Glenview, Illinois. His credentials include: Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America; Honorary Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain; Senior Member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers; Senior Gemologist, Accredited Gemologists Association.
As a third generation in the jewelry industry, he began a pricing publication in 1982 now known as the GemGuide. This publication is used in more than 40 countries and is the industry leader in gem pricing and market information. In 2002, he became the owner of GemGuide Appraisal Software used by more than 1,000 jewelry appraisers. In 2014 he co-developed the World of Color nomenclature and grading system for colored gemstones, now being used and taught by several organizations worldwide.
Richard has been active in the jewelry industry for more than 35 years serving as an officer and board member of various industry organizations. In 2000 he received an Alumni Leadership award for exemplary service from the Gemological Institute of America Alumni & Associates for his role as first chair of the Alumni International Board of Governors. In 2006, he was bestowed the Antonio C. Bonanno Excellence in Gemology industry award. In 2012 he was awarded honorary fellowship in the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA). Richard now serves as publisher, appraiser, consultant, lecturer, and author. He has hosted five international gemological conferences brining gemologists, jewelers and appraisers together from around the world.