ABOUT OUR GUEST
Our guest, AGTA award winning cutter, Lisa Elser will present an awe inspiring collection of over one hundred, self faceted gemstones. Lisa travels the world to buy rough gems, ensuring that the stones are ethically mined and benefit local communities. This is an exciting opportunity to hear first hand about her travels which take her from the mines of Madagascar to unearthing treasures in Tanzania, learn about the creation of gemstones and responsible sourcing.
Lisa Elser is a gemcutter trained in Switzerland and living in Vancouver, BC. She trained in gemcutting in Montreux and completed her Graduate Gemologist degree with the GIA in Carlsbad, CA. Her work has been featured in Canadian Jeweller, More Magazine, Canadian Jewellery Business, and Jewelry Artist Magazine, and she is the winner of an American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Spectrum Award. She is published articles in Lapidary Journal and Jewellery Business, has been featured in More Magazine. She is frequently quoted as a reference in industry publications. Her work has been displayed in the Headley Whitney Museum, and her 14.24 carat Red Tourmaline is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Her work supports communities in the gem-producing countries both by buying fairly, making micro-grants to women's business cooperatives, educational programs and funding water projects.
For more information on Lisa and her works, visit her website www.lisaelser.com