C.R. “Cap” Beesley is an internationally known gem consultant and gem sciences specialist. Currently, he serves as President of Analytics, a research and development firm focused on consulting in gem related fields. He is also Chairman of Gemcore’s, Gemstone Standards Commission, a non-profit educational organization that is dedicated to developing consumer protection programs for gemstone buyers and collectors.
Formally, Cap was president and founder of American Gemological Laboratories (AGL), a New York based, international gem testing facility, specializing in the determination of country of origin, gem enhancement detection, and the quality assessment of ruby, emerald and sapphire. During his time with the laboratory, Cap served for more than 10 years as the primary gem consultant to the United Nations Minerals Branch, establishing gem laboratories, training facilities and teaching gem courses at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan, the University of Kashmir and the Geological Survey of Malawi, Africa.
Previously, he was a senior staff member of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), where he was responsible for implementing GIA’s 6-month resident program on the East Coast, while simultaneously developing the model for their first colored stone grading course. Currently, he is honored to serve on the Leadership Council for Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History and as Chairman of the Museum’s Mineral and Gem Advisory Board.
Mr. Beesley is also a Research Associate in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona.
Cap has served as a member of the Advisory Board for the University’s Museum Project since 2017.