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Owner and President of Hamilton Jewelers, Hank Siegel, has recently received the honor of being elected to the Gemological Institute of America’s (GIA) Board of Governors. The Board of Governors is comprised of twenty individuals from the industry, non-related businesses and the fields of education, finance and research. This board is responsible for steering the direction and policy of the GIA, ensuring its sound future and strategic direction.

An excerpt from the GIA Press Release highlights Mr. Siegel’s involvement in many of the industry’s organizations.

Siegel is president and CEO of Hamilton Jewelers, based in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Siegel is the third generation of the Siegel family to be president of the firm, and was elected to that position in 1993. Hamilton Jewelers has five locations: three in New Jersey and two in Florida. Siegel is deeply involved in the industry and recently completed a two-year term as president of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee. He is on the boards of Jewelers of America and the Jewelry Information Center, as well as the advisory board for the JCK Show and editorial advisory board for National Jeweler Magazine. He was elected to National Jeweler Magazine’s Retailer Hall of Fame in 1997.”

An independent nonprofit organization, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. Established in 1931, GIA has translated its expert knowledge into the most respected gemological education available. Early in the 1950s, GIA invented the famous Four Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight. In 1953, the Institute created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

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