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Geoff Tombs Research Fund

Geoffrey Tombs Research Fund

The Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA) is very proud to offer the Geoffrey Tombs Research Fund. It was established in 2004 with an initial grant from the GAA Federal Council, with continuing contributions from the GAA endorsed Gem Studies Laboratory (GSL), in memory of the remarkable contribution Geoff Tombs made to the gem and jewellery industry. Geoff was always interested in research and the furthering of education within the industry.  He was Patron and Honorary Life Member of the GAA and was awarded Member of the Order of Australia.

 The Geoffrey Tombs Research Fund is available to fund gemmological research by approved applicants.  Applicants must be members of the Gemmological Association of Australia, with GAA Diploma in Gemmology or equivalent and be an Australian resident.

 Applications for grants to be forwarded to:

The Gemmological Association of Australia

C/- GAA VIc Division

380-382 Spencer St

West Melbourne Victoria 3003

 All applicants will be reviewed by a panel of three gemmologists, experienced in research, who are appointed by the Federal Council of the GAA. Details of grant criteria and how to apply are posted on the GAA website at www.gem.org.au.


The GAA also welcomes further donations to the Geoffrey Tombs Research Fund which will be acknowledged in The Australian Gemmologist, the GAA website and with the issue of a certificate of appreciation.