Keynote Speaker, First Int’l. Gem Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka (1982) Lecturer - International Soc. of Appraisers International Appraisal Conference Organizer & Chairman - First International Gem Investment Conference (1978) More than 200 lectures to popular and scientific groups (1968-2011)

Director – All Breed Rescue and Referral, Inc. (501-c-3 Nonprofit Animal Rescue) Volunteer – MASR (Mid-Atlantic Samoyed Rescue, 501-c-3 Nonprofit Animal Rescue) Founder – The Arem Foundation (1995- )                     



Fellow, Gemmological Association of Great Britain (F.G.A.)
Fellow, Canadian Gemological Association (F.C.Gm.A.)
Mineralogical Society of America - Life Member
American Association for Crystal Growth (Charter Member)
Mineral Museums Advisory Council (Co-Founder/VP)
​Friends of Mineralogy (Co-Founder/VP)


& awards:

B.S. awarded with Honors in Geology; 
Magna Cum Laude & National Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa (Liberal Arts); Sigma Xi (Science)
National Science Foundation Scholarships (1966-68) Harvard U. Scholarships
Tully Memorial Medal - Gemmological Association of Great Britain (1976);
​First American Recipient; Diploma awarded with Distinction.
​Who's Who in U.S. Executives; Who's Who in the East; Who's Who in the Jewelry Industry; Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America; Who's Who in Society; Men of Achievement; Contemporary Authors.
Winner  - Spectrum Jewelry Design Competition - AGTA (1985)
​Rockhound/Lapidary Hall of Fame Inductee: Education, Year 2000               


"Rocks and Minerals" (1972, Ridge/Bantam; 1991, Geoscience Press)
​"Man-Made Crystals" (1972, Smithsonian Institution Press) 
​"Gems and Jewelry" (1973, Ridge/Bantam; 1993, Geoscience Press, 2nd ed.)
2nd Ed. Named "Best Seller in Category" – Amazon.com, 2002                                               
"Discovering Rocks and Minerals" (1991, Publications International)  
"Color Encyclopedia of Gemstones" (1977, Van Nostrand-Reinhold;2nd ed. 1987, Van Nostrand-Reinhold / Chapman & Hall)    
​"Crystal Chemistry & Structure of Idocrase: (1970 - PhD Dissertation)

​Articles on gems, minerals, crystals, crystal growth in: Saturday Review of Science; Smithsonian Magazine; Science Digest; Mineralogical Record; Mineralogy & Petrology; American Mineralogist; Physician's Investment Digest; The Gemstone Investor; PreciouStones Newsletter; Robb Report; Rock & Gem; Rocks & Minerals;

curriculum vitae




Harvard University - Ph.D, Mineralogy (1970)
Harvard University - M.A., Geology (1967)
Brooklyn College - B.S, Geology (1964)
​Gemmological Association of Great Britain - F.G.A. (1976)

President – Joel E. Arem Co. (1974-present); Sapphires of Montana (2012-present)
Science Editor – Colored Stone Magazine (2009-2010)

Co-Founder/President - Accredited Gemologists Association (1977-79)
Co-Founder/Editorial Board - PreciouStones Newsletter (1978-84) 

Consultant - Jewelers' Circular-Keystone (1978-96)

Consultant - Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corp. (1975-76)  

Consultant - U.S. Dept. of Commerce (1975-76)Consultant - Eastman Kodak Co. (1971-75)

Consultant - U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (1973-74)      

Consultant - National Geographic Society (1971-80)

Crystallographer, Dept. of Mineral Sciences, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (1970-73)

Instructor - Smithsonian Docent Program (1970-73)  

Founder & Curator - National Synthetics Collection, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (1971-73)  

Research Assistant - Geology Dept., Harvard University (1969-70) 

Teaching Fellow - Geology Dept., Harvard University (1966-69) 

Director, Geology Program - Brooklyn Children's Museum (1963-64)