GIA GemFest Debuts at International Jewellery Tokyo Show
Institute presents free seminar Jan. 24
Audiences in Japan will have the opportunity to hear from GIA (Gemological Institute of America) experts during a GemFest seminar on Jan. 24 at the International Jewellery Tokyo show. Thomas M. Moses, chief laboratory and research officer for GIA, will present a laboratory update and Ahmadjan Abduriyim, GIA researcher, will discuss corundum mining activities in South East Asia.
Moses, GIA’s executive vice president, will provide an update on GIA laboratory services and research. Moses has been involved in the Institute’s groundbreaking gem identification and research effort. “Japan is an important market for the gem and jewelry industry. This free educational event will offer the audience an update on developments in the laboratory and research,” he said.
Abduriyim, GIA’s senior research scientist and manager of Colored Stone Services, will share a video and discuss corundum mining in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. “Mining observation and feedback from the region can help GIA improve ruby and sapphire origin determination for the global gem trade,” he said.
Moses oversees all GIA laboratory and research operations and activities. He earned his Graduate Gemologist (GG) diploma from GIA in 1976 and began his career at the GIA laboratory in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1977. In 1986, he joined GIA’s New York laboratory. He was appointed vice president of identification services in 1988; vice president of identification and research services in 2003; and senior vice president of laboratory and research in 2005. In November 2013 he was appointed to the GIA Board of Governors and the position of executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer.
Abduriyim received his doctorate in mineralogy from the Division of Earth and Planetary Science at Kyoto University in Japan. He has authored numerous gemological articles, including work on geographic origin determination of major gemstones and the applications of LA-ICP-MS in the gemological field, which have been published in major gemological periodicals such as GIA’s award-winning quarterly scientific journal Gems & Gemology.
GIA’s Tokyo GemFest will be held on Jan. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 605 Room, Conference building of Tokyo Big Sight, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto, Tokyo.
An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
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