2017 Seminar Schedule

Free Seminars


Free seminars are sponsored by American Gem Society

 

Pre-registration is not required. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

 
Red Flags for Repairs - MJSA's At the Bench Live and Beyond (www.mjsa.org)
GALLERIA / TOOLS, TECHNOLOGY & SUPPLIES / BALLROOM 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Presenter: Arthur Skuratowicz
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Some repair jobs are simple, and some only seem simple: Many times, one repair is a signal that other problems lurk below the surface. In this session, Arthur Skuratowciz offers some common "red flags" to help you uncover all of the problem areas in a piece of jewelry. He'll also suggest some handy tips to ensure those repairs go as smoothly as possible.

 
Hold It! Creating Your Own Fixtures for Holding and Positioning - MJSA's At the Bench Live and Beyond (www.mjsa.org)
GALLERIA / TOOLS, TECHNOLOGY & SUPPLIES / BALLROOM 3:30 - 5 p.m
Presenter: Arthur Skuratowicz
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Whether you're assembling components, repairing or modifying a piece of jewelry, or simply trying to see whether the parts of a design will fit together, you need a workpiece to hold steady. In this session, Arthur Skuratowicz will take a page from woodworkers and luthiers to demonstrate how to make your own positioning fixtures for complex fabrication or repetitive assembly. Ensure that even the most hard-to-hold shapes remain still for greater accuracy and ease.

 

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

 
Roundtable • Live!
Hands on & Interactive
GRAHAM ROOM 9:05 - 10:05 a.m. 
Betty Sue King, Pearl Goddess, King's Ransom, www.pearlgoddess.com
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Claim a seat at this Roundtable. Live in the moment through the eyes of your clients and feel the exhilaration of indulging passions for things unique and precious. Experience getting first dibs on remarkable pearls. Through this unique intimate setting you will sell more gems, attract new clients, and build custom designs as well as develop collectors and repeat buyers. Engage in a step-bystep guide to plan your own Roundtable. See invitations, place settings & guest interactions. You will be inspired to formulate your own Roundtable and drive your business to greater heights.

 
Intellectual Property Law for Jewelers
COCONINO ROOM 9:05 - 10:05 a.m. 
Sara Yood, Senior Counsel, Jewelers Vigilance Committee, www.jvclegal.org
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Intellectual property - copyright, trademark, patent, and other areas of intellectual property law - is an important part of any business, and understanding how to use it to protect and promote your work can give you a leg up. In this seminar, we'll learn the difference between copyright, trademark and patent, what can qualify for protection, how to protect it, and the practical applications in the jewelry industry. This presentation will cover trade secrets and the right of publicity, which can affect how you advertise your products to the public. Come armed with questions - our expert is ready to offer guidance and education on protecting yourself and your IP.

 
Sourcing Colored Gemstones in Afghanistan and Central Asia.
MARICOPA ROOM 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
Gary W. Bowersox, G.G., Geovision, Inc., www.gems-afghan.com
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

This lecture is an update on mine to market gems from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and other Central Asian countries. Details on sourcing gems in this part of the world will be discussed in the light of the latest political situations, Global Witness, and other reports.

Gary W. Bowersox has been exploring and purchasing gems in this area for over forty-five years. He is a member of AGTA, ICA, GIA Alumni and President of Geovision, Inc.

 
Appraisal Essentials - Increasing sales, service, and appraisals
MOHAVE ROOM 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
Cos Altobelli, Altobelli Jewelers and Appraisals, www.altobelli.com
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

This presentation will cover the appraisal essentials including increasing sales, service, and appraisals; pricing colored gemstones and diamonds; stone setting; Rapaport subscription changes; Synthetic and treated diamonds waiver; grading diamond melee; appraisal software; U.S.P.A.P. update; American Gem Society independent appraiser availability; an advanced personal property appraiser program; color vision testing changes, and advertising and publicity.

 
Digital Design Tricks for Gemstones - MJSA's At the Bench Live and Beyond (www.mjsa.org)
GALLERIA / TOOLS, TECHNOLOGY & SUPPLIES / BALLROOM 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Presenter: Gary Dawson
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Thanks to digital technologies—from high-end design software right down to the phone in your pocket—incorporating gemstones into a design has never been easier. Join Gary Dawson as he demonstrates how to use the latest technology to create gemstone arrays, adjust settings more accurately, and work with unusually shaped gems.

 
Navigating Rough Diamond "C's" -
Diamonds of color is the hottest trend
GRAHAM ROOM 1:05 - 2:05 P.m. 
Chandra Horn, G.G., F.G.A., École De Gemmologie De Montreal, Montreal, Canada
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Color is the hottest trend in diamonds and can also be the hardest to predict when looking at rough. What causes color in diamonds and how do buyers and cutters approach these rare beauties in the hopes of coaxing out the best results.

How do the 4 C's apply to rough diamonds and how do sorters and buyers predict the quality of the final cut diamond? This talk will look at how rough diamonds are sorted and the unique challenges faced when grading and valuing rough diamonds.

 
Sustainable Gemstones
COCONINO ROOM 1:05 - 2:05 p.m. 
Sheahan Stephen, Sheahan Stephen Sapphires, www.sapphires.com
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Sheahan Stephen, will cover the importance of sustainable gemstones in today's marketplace. He will define what sustainability is and give specific (pictorial) examples of the process that a sustainable gemstone company would follow in order to offer you a sustainable gemstone. He discuss who the current buyers of sustainable gemstones are and why they are specifically asking for gemstones sourced through this method, also discuss and answer if this is just a trend or if there will be longevity in this specific sector of our industry.

Lastly, Sheahan will cover which countries have a sustainable gemstone mining model in place currently and what questions to ask your suppliers when looking for sustainable gemstones.

 
Proof of Provenance
MARICOPA ROOM 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
Klemens Link, Director of Development, Gübelin Gem Lab, New York
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Consumers request more transparency on the provenance of the goods and services they purchase, and also applies to luxury products including gemstones. In stark contrast to this demand, the gemstone trade has a reputation of being opaque. No proper solutions are in place today that truly close this gap: the classical, gemology-based origin determination offered by gem labs merely states the country of origin, and cannot distinguish different producers mining the same geologic unit. Some mining companies have started to issue certificates of provenance, offering information such as the name of the mine, the mining company, and the mining period. The information provided in these documents, however, is largely based on self-declaration, i.e. is not an independent proof of provenance.

 
Rediscovering the Chivor Emerald Mine -
In the Footsteps of Peter W. Rainier
MOHAVE ROOM 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
Robert Weldon, G.G., Manager of Photography and Visual Communications. Gemological Institute of America
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

An epic story of triumph over adversity, Peter W. Rainier, a South African, ran Colombia's Chivor emerald mine in the 1920s. He fought bandits, chased elusive emerald veins, and rode across the Andes. His story, revealed in his memoir Green Fire, was licensed by MGM for a movie starring Grace Kelly and Stuart Grainger.

Rainer brought Chivor into peak production, extracting the finest emeralds the world had seen. He fought in both World Wars, and helped defeat Rommel's troops at El Alamein. The rediscovery of a lost album of historic photos sparked the idea for a journey to retrace his path.

 
Techniques for Small-Scale Production - MJSA's At the Bench Live and Beyond (www.mjsa.org)
GALLERIA / TOOLS, TECHNOLOGY & SUPPLIES / BALLROOM 3:30 - 5 p.m
Presenter: Gary Dawson
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

From how to best set up workpieces for batch soldering to techniques for mass finishing, Gary Dawson will show you how to apply small-scale production strategies and techniques in your shop. Employing both live demonstrations and video, this interactive session will help you to increase your production while maintaining the quality and finish associated with hand-crafted items.

 

Thursday, February 02, 2017

 
From the Earth to the Laboratory:
Understanding Consumer Interest in Laboratory Grown Diamonds and Gemstones
GRAHAM ROOM 9:05 - 10:05 a.m. 
Kate Peterson, Performance Concepts, for Diamond Council of America
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

For those still unsure, the choice of whether or not to offer laboratory grown diamonds and gems in your store should start with sound information. For those who carry the product, training is the key to increased sales. For those who prefer to avoid lab grown diamonds and gems, having the right information will enable salespeople to answer customer questions in an honest, nonjudgmental way while building value in earth mined stones.

Ultimately, in today's market, an understanding of lab grown diamonds and gemstones is critical for all industry professionals. More importantly, understanding the motivation of the lab grown shopper is essential to your ability to earn their trust and confidence, and ultimately their business - whether selling lab grown or earth mined product.

Join in this unique presentation/discussion with Kate and a panel of retailers offering differing perspectives to explore the current laboratory grown market and the real consumer drives that are allowing for its expansion.

 
Detecting Jade Imitations and Treatments
MARICOPA ROOM 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
Jeff Mason, G.G., Mason-Kay, Inc., www.masonkay.com
Renée Newman GG, Author: Exotic Gems, Vol 4: How to Identify, Evaluate & Select Jade & Abalone Pearls
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Basic and advanced techniques for detecting jadeite and nephrite treatments, imitations & look-a-likes, including visual, tactile and audible methods.

 
Market Update
MOHAVE ROOM 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
Richard Drucker, G.G., GemWorld International, www.gemguide.com
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Market trends, industry issues, and the gems you'll see in Tucson. Researcher, author, and colored gemstone expert Richard Drucker offers compelling insights and sometimes uncomfortable truths as he shares what to expect regarding quantities, qualities, and pricing in 2017 and going forward.

 
The Art of Communication 1: The Basics - MJSA's At the Bench Live and Beyond (www.mjsa.org)
GALLERIA / TOOLS, TECHNOLOGY & SUPPLIES / BALLROOM 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Presenter: Lisa Krikawa
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

It doesn't matter whether you're a bench jeweler, designer, salesperson, store owner, or all of the above: At some point, your success will depend on how well you listen and communicate. In this session, Lisa Krikawa will share some strategies to help ensure that two-way communication flows smoothly. Learn about the basic personality traits, how to identify them in yourself and others, and how to use that knowledge to hone your listening skills, adapt your presentation, and ensure you get your message across.

 
Make Responsible Sourcing a Part of Your Sales Presentation -
A Proactive Approach to Promoting Progressive Business
GRAHAM ROOM 1:05 - 2:05 P.m. 
Kate Peterson, Performance Concepts, Kate www.performanceconcepts.net
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Just because they don't ask, doesn't mean they aren't testing your commitment. For today's consumer, social and environmental responsibility are important value components in any luxury purchase. Buying decisions are often based on a positive, proactive presentation of the information that is important to the buyer even before they ask. Successful salespeople in today's market know how to dial in on value triggers and how to handle client questions directly and clearly. Successful business owners know the value of training sales associates on the elements of responsibility and sourcing basics so they can present the store brand position honestly and effectively. In this seminar, Kate will provide the tools and techniques you need to be at the forefront of your market with today's responsible consumers.

 
Pegmatites as Sources of Colored Gemstones
MARICOPA ROOM 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
Dr. William "Skip" Simmons, Professor & Chairman of Mineralogy, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New Orleans, wsimmons@uno.edu
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Pegmatites are sources of the world's finest gem-quality crystals of beryl, tourmaline, topaz, spodumene, spessartine and over 70 other colored gem species. Pegmatites are renowned for their spectacular development of giant crystals and are host to a diverse suite of exotic minerals. A model of fractional crystallization will be discussed to explain the origin of pegmatites and the formation of miarolitic cavities and gem-quality crystals.

Pegmatites are the source of the world's finest tourmaline, beryl and topaz gem minerals and are the main source for more than 70 other colored gemstones. Pegmatites are renowned for their spectacular development of giant crystals - almost all of the world's largest crystals come from pegmatites.

 
Gemstones and Gem(m)ologists
MOHAVE ROOM 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
Alan Hodgkinson, FGA, President of the Scottish Gemmological Association
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

The AGTA community is honored to have the venerable Alan Hodgkinson to present his latest gemstone observations as well as his latest book, Gem Testing Techniques. He will share his practical gemological techniques and identification strategies for colored gemstones. Always a seminar favorite, Mr. Hodgkinson will inspire new students of gemology and even enlighten the seasoned gemologist. This will be Mr. Hodgkinson's 25th year presenting in Tucson.

 
The Art of Communication 2: Practical Sketching - MJSA's At the Bench Live and Beyond (www.mjsa.org)
GALLERIA / TOOLS, TECHNOLOGY & SUPPLIES / BALLROOM 3:30 - 5 p.m
Presenter: Lisa Krikawa
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Whether you want to bring a design to life before your customer's eyes, or provide visual guidance to a CAD artist or model maker, one sketch is worth a thousand words. In this interactive demonstration, Lisa Krikawa will present an easy-to-master sketching method that not only communicates design concepts, but does it so accurately that you can use it to calculate gemstone weights. This is your chance to learn how to communicate through images.

 

Friday, February 03, 2017

 
Secrets Of The Gem Trade -
Knowledge, The Key to Making Colored Gem Sales
GRAHAM ROOM 9:05 - 10:05 a.m.
Richard Wise, G.G., www.rwwise.com
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

What color is pigeon's blood? Is a padparadscha some kind of a sapphire? What are the major differences between natural and cultured pearls? Which opals are better, Australian or Ethiopian? How does fluorescence affect price, in rubies, in diamonds? How do I talk to my customers about treatments and ethical sourcing? Blissful ignorance?

As a retailer specializing in color for thirty-five years, Richard has visited most of the major gem mining areas. He is the author of two books; Secrets Of The Gem Trade, The Connoisseur's Guide and The French Blue (the story of Jean Baptiste Tavernier and the Hope Diamond). Mr. Wise has been a guest speaker at GIA, Sotheby's, Skinner;s, and Yale University.

 
One Hundred Years of Cultured Pearls
COCONINO ROOM 9:05 - 10:05 a.m.
Elisabeth Strack, Gemmologisches Institut Hamburg, info@strack-gih.de
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

The year 2016 is memorable in so far as it marks one hundred years of cultured pearl production. 1916 can be seen as the actual birth year of the round cultured pearl as it was in this year that Kokishi Mikimoto started regular production on the basis of the Mise-Nishikawa method.

Presentation will discuss cultured pearl production, including: Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian, Mexican, and China. Also covered will be Masao Fujita’s development of Bewa pearls, baroque and colorful freshwater pearls in Japan followed by huge quantities from China.

This talk will give a systematic summary of how the different types of pearls are related to and can be distinguished from each other.

 
Follow the Zebra
MARICOPA ROOM 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Philippe Bruno, Producer & Director, pbrunot@treeoffilm.com
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

"The rare and captivating beauty of a gemstone is inspiring to many, though few are aware of the toils of the brave men who dig them from the rocky and unforgiving ground. Filmmaker Philippe Brunot leads us to the heart of Tanzania to unveil the secluded profession of the gem seeker.

Gemstones are at the heart of this inspiring journey that transcends borders. This film documents the tremendous will of miners who risk their lives uncovering rare gems several hundred meters underground. FOLLOW THE ZEBRA gives a peek into their ultimate hopes and dreams; a reminder of what goes into the value and preciousness of these rare gemstones."

 
The Latest News on Research from GIA
MOHAVE ROOM 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
James Shigley, Ph.D., GIA www.gia.edu
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Join Dr. James Shigley, GIA distinguished research fellow, and a member of GIA's research team, as he offers insight on current developments from the laboratory and research conducted at GIA. Topics of discussion may include, or be related to, colored stones, diamond, or other areas of current interest. Pre-registration is not required. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

 
Photographing Gem-Set Jewelry, Part 1: DIY Basics - MJSA's At the Bench Live and Beyond (www.mjsa.org)
GALLERIA / TOOLS, TECHNOLOGY & SUPPLIES / BALLROOM 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Presenter: Matthew Perosi
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Whether you're developing an ad campaign or preparing an e-commerce storefront, you need good images of your work to command attention and drive sales. In this session, web guru and photography aficionado Matthew Perosi will describe the challenges in photographing gem-set jewelry, then provide a tutorial on how to choose the best camera and lens for the job, use proper lighting, and create the right backgrounds for powerful, provocative shots—inexpensively.

 
Updates from the Laboratory - American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) - Covering the topic of using fanciful color terminology on lab reports and more…
GRAHAM ROOM 1:05 - 2:05 p.m.
Christopher Smith, G.G., FGA, President, American Gemological Laboratories
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

As a gemological laboratory that has been active for four decades, AGL and its principle Chris Smith have been witness to a lot of trends in the colored stone industry and the evolution of lab reports. One of the more recent and significant moves by several labs is to include fanciful terms such as 'Pigeon's Blood' and 'Royal Blue', to name only two. Terms such as these are now commonly encountered on lab reports for ruby, sapphire, emerald and other gem varieties. AGL's perspective on this trend will be discussed, as well as other possible alternative methods used to describe color.

 
MasterValuer Jewelry Appraisal Forum
COCONINO ROOM 1:05 - 2:05 p.m.
Mel Huth, FCGmA V.P., California Institute of Jewelry Training MasterValuer International www.jewelrytraining.com www.mastervaluer.com
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

MasterValuer™ International is again proud to host the 5th Annual Jewelry Appraisal Panel Forum. This is a open forum moderated by MasterValuer™ International and hosted by 5 panel members who represent the best in the appraisal industry.

The panel members discuss current subjects involving jewelry appraisals and then open the forum to questions and/or comments from the members of the audience. Discussions are lively and encouraged.

Many of the appraisal organizations are represented on the panel and the attending audience: American Society of Appraisers, National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, MasterValuer™ International, GemWorld International, Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers, etc.

 
Mining for Gemstones
MARICOPA ROOM 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Jim Clanin, JCMining, Inc, Geologist/Mining Engineer
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Gemstone and mineral specimen mining is different than all other types of mining. The gem miner must gently take apart the rock to search and recover the gem material he or she is looking for. It is best if the owner/operator were also the driller, blaster and mucker if full recovery is desired.

Valuation of a gem pocket is not possible until all the material is out of the deposit, clean, trimmed and evaluated individually. The value depends on esthetics and completeness. Damaged specimens devaluate as the damage increases.

Mr. Clanin's presentation will discuss old and new methods of breaking rock and recovering the gemstones and mineral specimens with minimal damage.

 
New Directions, Advancements, And Techniques
MOHAVE ROOM 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Alan Hart, FGA DCA, CEO, Gem-A
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Alan Hart, former Principle Curator of gems and minerals at the Natural History Museum in London is now the new CEO of Gem-A. He will share his thoughts on his transition to Gem-A - a scientific based educational institution established in 1908, many of whose 'founding fathers' were also Museum Scientists, to provide education and practical training that "..marked the beginning of organised Gemology, not only in this country, but in the whole world".

From these earliest beginnings, Alan will share his vision for Gem-A, for advancements in new technologies, treatments and recognition of Gemology as a scientific branch in 2004 will require Gem-A to adapt and evolve, in continuing to be relevant and to educate our new generations of Gemologists in a rapidly changing, linked and complex environment.

 
Photographing Gem-Set Jewelry, Part 2: DIY Demos - MJSA's At the Bench Live and Beyond (www.mjsa.org)
GALLERIA / TOOLS, TECHNOLOGY & SUPPLIES / BALLROOM 3:30 - 5 p.m
Presenter: Matthew Perosi
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Bring your own camera to participate in this live demonstration of how to take compelling photos. Matthew Perosi will show various camera techniques and illustrate how proper lighting and backgrounds can make your images memorable. He'll also offer some post-processing tips to help you enhance and perfect your images. Whether you're a newbie or an experienced hand with a camera, you're sure to walk away with at least one photography pointer from this session.

 

Saturday, February 04, 2017

 
Precious Heirlooms
COCONINO ROOM 9:05 - 10:05 a.m.
Denise Nelson, G.G., N.A.J.A., Inner Circle, Bethesda, MD., inner.circle@att.net
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Precious heirlooms, consisting of collectable objects like fine jewelry and gems, reveal many interesting facts about how and why some gemstones are used a long time ago and today.

Estate Jewelry has become extremely popular and knowing what gems to use for restoration and repairs becomes a necessity. Also, a renewed interest in tracing one's ancestors, and learning more about the items they owned, provides the jeweler with a great opportunity to "romance" the item. Learning about the "when, what, where, and why" of gemstones creates a great opportunity for the jeweler to build trust and gain confidence when handling precious heirlooms.

 
Ivory - Fossil and Modern...
and the new laws surrounding them
MARICOPA ROOM 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Eric Fritz, FGA DGA, Gem - A
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Organics- Yes this is a hot topic. Organic gems are always misunderstood and puzzling. Now with an increased pressure on illegal animal trade, it is a good time to brush up. Fossil Ivory is now being regulated alongside modern Elephant Ivory. State regulations along with new federal laws are confusing. We will help you see why. Ivory, bone, tusk, and horn will be the emphasis. Lots of hands on materials to see and examine. Come and explore and challenge your previous knowledge.

 
Update on Mining & Gem Production from Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand, & Vietnam
MOHAVE ROOM 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Edward Boehm, G.G., Raresource, www.raresource.com
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Edward Boehm, owner of RareSource will share exciting travel experiences and new supply information from his latest gem buying trips:

Burma has seen dramatic political and social change in recent years which has opened the doors to increased tourism, foreign investment, and mining.

Sri Lanka's mining and cutting sectors have enjoyed significant growth from increased domestic mining production coupled with gem rough imported from other source countries for cutting and polishing. However, decreased global demand, particularly from China may affect Sri Lanka's growth in the short term. Political uncertainty, decreased mining, and foreign competition have forced Thailand to increase its domestic cutting, finished jewelry and treatment methods to remain viable.

Vietnam has struggled to compete in production and cutting but has proven resources of ruby and spinel. Increased demand for spinel and new finds near Luc Yen could help Vietnam regain its gem-producing status.

 
No Stone Left Unturned -
a high life in the world of high jewelry
GRAHAM ROOM 1:05 - 2:05 p.m.
Larry French, G.G. Los Angeles, CA
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Larry French spent the first half of his long career working for the French jeweler Claude Arpels of Van Cleef & Arpels and the second half with the Italian jeweler Gianmaria Buccellati.

Mr. French has traveled, either by their side or for projects on their behalf, to cities such as Srinagar. Bombay, Riyadh, Nairobi and Istanbul plus much of Europe. It has been, he says, the journey of his life. While on this journey he has had the honor to sell some of the most extraordinary jewelry to some very legendary clients.

During the lecture Larry discusses these events and also the differences between the two master jewelers. He discusses not only the adventures but also a few monumental misadventures he has had in the world of great jewels and jewelers.

 
Responsible Sourcing for the Small Manufacturer and the Retail Jeweler
COCONINO ROOM 1:05 - 2:05 p.m.
John Croston, Jewelry Consulting Services, LLC, jcs.llc@icloud.com
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

John Croston will present a discussion of the responsibly sourced supply chain, along with the laws that are currently in place. This presentation will include the positive changes in the supply chain. Most importantly, how to support and market these positives with marketing to the millennial.

 
Gemstones in the Digital Age 2.0:
Marketing Colored Gemstones in a Brave New World
MARICOPA ROOM 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Bernadette Mack, Womens Jewelry Association
Moderated by: Monica Stephenson, iDazzle
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

Back by popular demand! Are you wondering how to connect with the modern gemstone consumer on digital or social media? Confused about how to tell the story of gemstone origin to your customers? Bring your questions to the lively, thought-provoking panel of digital media and colored gemstone stars and participate in a discussion that explores how gems present an important opportunity to set your business apart.

Back by popular demand, this panel will go to the next level on how-and why - to connect with the modern gemstone consumer on digital and social media, the increasing importance of gemstone origin to consumers, and how gemstones present an important opportunity to set your business apart as a designer or retailer.

Panelists: Thought leaders and pioneers from a cross section of the jewelry/gemstone industry.

 
Sourcing of Pink Diamonds: Argyle and Non-Argyle Origin
MOHAVE ROOM 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Branko Deljanin, B.Sc., G.G., DGA, FGA, DUG, Pres., CGL-GRS, www.cglworld.ca
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced

These days, consumers are very conscious about the origin of products. In addition to demanding fair trade coffee and other products, it is reasonable to expect a similar interest in knowing where their valuable coloured diamond comes from.

The science of gemmology is evolving and more advanced instruments are being used in gem labs for routine testing of diamonds and coloured stones to determine not only if something is natural, treated, or synthetic, but also where gems are coming from.

 

NOTE: THERE ARE NO SEMINARS IN THE CONFERENCE WING ON SUNDAY

 

 

Fee Based Presentations and Lab

 
 

GIA Education

 
Gem Identification Lab Session
GREENLEE ROOM, TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER Monday – Friday, Jan 30 - Feb 3
*Required for GIA Graduate Gemologist and Graduate Colored Stones Diplomas 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In this lab, students practice the same time-tested procedures and identification skills used by the Institute's renowned gemological experts. Tools used include a microscope, a refractometer with polarizing filter and a removable magnifying eyepiece, refractive index (RI) liquid, a polariscope with an optic figure sphere, a dichroscope, a table model prism spectroscope, a handheld spectroscope, and a loupe. Students use these instruments to practice identifying natural gemstones, imitations, assembled stones and synthetics. Along with this hands-on training, your facilitators will carefully demonstrate key tests and coach you in quick, effective testing procedures. (Be sure to read the Student Notification of Classroom Chemical Usage in the most current version of the GIA Education Catalog at GIA.edu.) Once you have completed the session, you can keep a lab manual, a gem cloth, and a color grading card.

Tuition: $1,600.00 + $125.00 Books and + $25.00 Materials = $1,750.00 plus applicable sales tax
Earn: Letter of Completion

To register, call GIA Admissions at +1 800 421 7250 ext 4001 or +1 760 603 4001

For more information about GIA, visit www.gia.edu

 
Identifying Inclusions in Corundum and Emerald
GREENLEE ROOM, TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER Saturday, Feb 4
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Inclusions are an unending source of fascination for gem professionals. In this seminar, you'll use our lab equipment to explore the interiors of specially-chosen rubies, sapphires, and emeralds and gain insight into what a gem's internal characteristics can tell you about how and where it formed, and whether it's treated. Through lecture and hands-on practice, you'll get an up-close look at gems from new sources, learn to recognize specific types of inclusions, and understand their significance for laboratory gemologists in helping determine geologic origin, possible country of origin, and indicating potential treatment.

Tuition: $225.00

To register, call GIA Admissions at +1 800 421 7250 ext 4001 or +1 760 603 4001

For more information about GIA, visit www.gia.edu

 
Identifying Synthetic and Imitation Colored Stones
GREENLEE ROOM, TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER Saturday, Feb 4
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This new GIA seminar is designed to sharpen your gem identification skills. Through a lecture and hands-on practice with a microscope, you'll test yourself and gain valuable experience with a selection of unusual synthetics and challenging new imitations. You'll learn key identifying features to help detect these materials, and our experienced gemologists are on hand to provide guidance and help you stay up to date with the latest developments in this area.

Tuition: $225.00

To register, call GIA Admissions at +1 800 421 7250 ext 4001 or +1 760 603 4001

For more information about GIA, visit www.gia.edu