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Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences Appoints Barbara Wheat as President

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The Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS) has announced that Barbara Wheat has been appointed President of the organization. According to IDEX Online, she will assume her role in mid-March.

AIGS was established in 1978 and is an accredited gemological training institute with the Education Ministry of Thailand. Beginning in 1993, Wheat has served as managing director of the Ho Group’s publishing company, Jewelry Trade Publications - founders of AIGS. For her role as AIGS President, Wheat will leave her post as executive vice president of the Natural Color Diamond Association (NCDIA) in New York.

Wheat graduated from the AIGS Accredited Gemologist program in 2003 and has a Master’s Degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University in New York.
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