Geoffrey Dominy is an author and independent gemmologist who lives in Palma, Mallorca, Spain. He received his F.G.A through the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) in 1987 passing the diploma examinations with distinction.
Previously, he developed and taught the ‘Gemmology’ program at both Red River Community College and The University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, was President and Founder of the Jewellery Appraisers Association of Canada, and appeared for four seasons on the Canadian Antiques Road Show. He was also a contributing author for the 5th & 6th Editions of Robert Webster’s ‘Gems’, which even today is considered one of the most authoritative textbooks in Gemmology.
In addition to writing, lecturing and promoting the ‘Handbook of Gemmology’, he is also the founder of the World Gem Foundation, editor of Gemmology Today and CEO of Amazonas Gem Publications.
From 1980 to 1982 he was a staff gem photographer at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Santa Monica, California. In 1983 he started his freelance career in gem and jewellery photography and began a 25-year association with David Federman providing photographs for Modern Jeweler’s monthly Gem Profile column. During this period they jointly won two Jesse H. Neal awards from the Association of Business Publishers. In 1987 he acquired Christie’s Auction house as a client and photographed more than a hundred of their jewellery sales catalogues. Over the last 33 years, he contributed photographs to countless other books and publications.
Sadly, Tino passed away in 2015 after a two-year battle with cancer, however his legacy and unique talent to capture the beauty of gemstones will live on through the Handbook of Gemmology.
Jeff travels the world photographing for collectors, museums, dealers and publishers. He also makes many public presentations on photography, mineralogy and travel logs. His work has taken him to many places including Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, Madagascar, Morocco, Russia, and most of Europe. He is a member of the Mineralogical Society of America and in recognition of his contributions to mineralogical education and preservation, was awarded the 2007 Carnegie Mineralogical Award at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.