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GIA Enhances Visitor Experiences at Tucson 2014 Shows

GIA will offer special laboratory services, gem and jewelry seminars, classes and more during the annual Tucson gem shows. The Institute’s show offerings will be at the Tucson Convention Center during the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair™, Feb. 4-9, and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, Feb. 13-16.

Two free seminars will explore recent gemological discoveries and research, and the Museum of London’s extraordinary Cheapside Hoard exhibit. The Institute will also offer two lab classes – colored stone grading and pearl grading – and two fee-based seminars – identifying synthetic diamonds and identifying diamond treatments.

The GIA Alumni Association will sponsor its annual dinner, auction and dance event, “Party at the GIA Gem Mine,” on Feb. 7 at the Marriott University Park Hotel. available on the GIA website

The 2014 Tucson shows include: Feb. 13-16, will have the opportunity to preview pieces from the Institute’s spring 2014 Carlsbad exhibit, “Gems & Gemology 80th Anniversary.” Pieces featured on three different covers of the Institute’s award- winning scientific quarterly journal, will be on display along with their cover:  

GIA Enhances Visitor Experiences at Tucson 2014 Shows

GIA Museum Exhibit More information, including registration, is Attendees of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, Winter 1988. These intense rubellites (ring 13.8 ct; necklace 18.5 ct) are from the Queen Mine, San Diego County, CA. Designed by Jeanne Larson. Courtesy of The Collector Fallbrook, CA; Photo Harold & Erica Van Pelt.

 GIA Enhances Visitor Experiences at Tucson 2014 Shows


Colombian emerald and diamond necklace with matching earrings designed by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. in the 1950’s. The three large emeralds in the necklace are 6.65- 7.41 ct; the emeralds in the earrings are 3.27 and 4.03 ct. Courtesy of a private collector; Photo Harold & Erica Van Pelt. jewelry and loose faceted stones from the GIA collection.

GIA Enhances Visitor Experiences at Tucson 2014 Shows

The Belle Époque platinum corsage ornament features a 39.80 ct pink topaz and diamonds. The 9.36 ct blue, 11.39 ct blue and 14.47 ct pink topaz are from the Dr. Edward J. Gübelin Collection. The 11.54 ct blue topaz and sapphire ring set in 18K gold is a gift of Jacques Prades. Gift of Stephen and Eileen Silver, S.H. Silver Co; Photo Harold & Erica Van Pelt.

GIA Show Service Laboratory at AGTA GemFair identification and country-of-origin services through the GIA Show Service Laboratory. Seasoned GIA gemologists will accept gemstones onsite at the AGTA GemFair in the Onyx Suite Monday through Saturday, Feb. 3-8 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Summer 2008.  

A selection of topaz Show attendees will have convenient access to gem Free GIA Seminars Weldon, GIA’s manager of photography and visual communications and a noted expert on colored gems, will describe his quest to photograph and document the historically significant treasures of the Museum of London’s Cheapside Hoard. The unrivaled collection of nearly 500 gems and jewelry pieces – believed to have been buried in London in the seventeenth century and undisturbed until 1912 – offer a unique glimpse of Renaissance jewelry.

The Latest News from GIA Research James Shigley will provide an update on the Institute’s latest research developments on diamonds, colored stones and other timely topics of interest. GIA will offer two lab classes and two seminars during the AGTA GemFair™. Pre- registration is required; call GIA Admissions at (800) 421 7250 ext. 4001 to register for the seminars, and GIA Education visit GIA’s website to register for the lab classes.

Colored Stone Grading Lab Class develop skills in grading the color, clarity and cut quality of a wide range of colored stones. They will also Learn the GIA Colored Stone Grading System and how to describe color by hue, tone and saturation; Judge gem quality factors; Improve the consistency and accuracy of colored stone grading skills; and learn about the relationship between light and color and develop color memory.

Pearl Grading Lab Class experts determine the quality of Akoya, freshwater, South Sea and Tahitian pearls. They will also learn GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors™ by training with a member of the Institute’s internationally respected team of instructors; and learn how to evaluate freshwater and cultured pearls in order to increase sales and promote the relationship between beauty, value and quality in your merchandise. Through a combination of lecture and hands- on lab using a microscope, students will learn how to identify HPHT-grown synthetic diamonds and separate Identifying Synthetic Diamonds them from natural diamond. They will also gain greater insight into the identification of CVD-grown synthetic diamond, and learn how to easily separate synthetic moissanite and synthetic cubic zirconia from diamond. most important diamond treatment processes currently used in the gemstone market. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on lab with a microscope, the class covers the nature and treatment identification of diamonds including, laser drilled, fracture filled, HPHT, irradiation, and multiple treatment processes. Students will also learn to separate laser manufacturing remnants from treatments.

GIA at the CAD/CAM Pavilion design education – from 3D printer rapid prototyping and casting to prefinishing, setting and buffing. Throughout the AGTA GemFair Tucson, GIA experts will answer questions and discuss a variety of relevant topics, including CAD/CAM, zero-shrinkage from CAD file to photopolymer models to rough castings, jewelry engineering priorities, jewelry design concepts, 3D scanning of gemstones and importing content into CAD files for use in making jewelry, and Quality Assurance Benchmarking criteria when CAD Modeling. The ongoing series will take place at booth # 450 in the CAD Design Studio, located in the Gem Hall.  

Party at the GIA Gem Mine Friday, Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Marriott University Park Hotel. Ticket prices are $50 prior to Jan. Magnificent Jewels of Cheapside Hoard Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1 to 2 p.m. Robert   Friday, Feb. 7, 9 to 10 a.m. GIA’s Distinguished Research Fellow Dr.     Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 4-6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Students will discover how the world’s foremost   Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 to 11 a.m. Identifying Diamond Treatments Saturday, Feb. 8, 1 to 3 p.m. Students will learn about the   GIA’s Jewelry Manufacturing Arts program is at the forefront of jewelry The GIA Alumni Association’s annual auction, dinner and dance event is on 17; $65 after and at the door. Attendees can click here to purchase tickets. For more details about the Institute’s offerings at the AGTA GemFair™, visit GIA’s website.

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