John Pollard is a professional gemologist with degrees in education, science and music. He has designed and instructed seminars for some of the world’s premiere luxury jewelry brands, lectured at JCK Las Vegas, the American Gem Society Conclave in Washington D.C., the Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association and International Gemological Institute seminars New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Antwerp. A consultant for diamond producers, grading laboratories and sellers in the USA, Europe and Asia, John served as U.S. Director for Crafted by Infinity Diamonds of Antwerp from 2008-2020 and was Director of Education for Whiteflash Inc from 2005-2008. A lifetime advocate for music education, he serves on the Board of Directors for Music For All and is Emcee coordinator for Bands Of America’s fall championships. John is the voice of the Texas State Marching Championships, Colorado State Marching Championships and MFA National Percussion Festival, and a continuing Yamaha Corporation of America artist, Vic Firth consultant and District Mentor for the L.D. Bell cluster of schools in Texas. He holds degrees from the Gemological Institute of America, Washington State University and Texas State Board of Education.