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Russell Shor

Gemological Institute of America
Sr. Industry Analyst

In his capacity as senior industry analyst, Russell Shor writes analyses of the complex political and economic issues facing today’s gemstone and jewelry industries. He is part of the Public relations team and has authored a number of articles for Gems & Gemology, GIA’s award-winning quarterly. He  also contributes to various other GIA publications, and works with the GIA’s Education, Research, Development, and Marketing departments on numerous industry issues.

For more than 35 years, Shor has worked with all levels of the diamond industry, from the mines to the major dealers and retailers.

Shor was editor-in-chief of GemKey (now INSTORE) magazine and GemKey.com, where he headed the information and community functions for that on-line service. Before that, from 1995 to 1998, he was editor of New York Diamonds. He is also well known to many in the industry for his reporting as diamonds editor of JCK magazine from 1980 to 1995. In that position, Shor traveled to all major diamond-processing centers in India, Israel and Antwerp, as well as to mining areas in South Africa, Australia, West Africa, Russia and, most recently, northern Canada.

Shor authored the 1993 book Connections: A History of the Diamond Trade and Its People. He has been a featured speaker at numerous industry events, including both the 1991 and 1999 International Gemological Symposiums.

Shor has a degree in journalism from Temple University and international relations at the University of Pennsylvania. He has won three Jesse H. Neal Awards for business journalism, and five first-place awards for reporting from the New York Business Press Association.