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GIA Entertains and Educates at JCK Las Vegas...Museum Preview and more

GIA Entertains and Educates at JCK Las Vegas
Exclusive museum preview, show offerings, seminars and more

GIA will host a series of special presentations, demos and much more at the JCK gem and jewelry show May 30 – June 2 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. From free in-booth presentations to education seminars to an exclusive sneak peek at the Institute’s Carlsbad museum exhibit, GIA’s booth at L99 is a not-to-miss stop at the 2014 JCK Las Vegas show. More details are available on the website. Show highlights include:

GIA In-Booth Briefings
For the third consecutive year, GIA will host a series of free 20-minute in-booth briefings, where Institute experts shed light on some of the industry’s most relevant topics. The briefings will take place from Friday, May 30 through Monday, June 2 at booth L99. Topics include:  

•           Field Gemology in Sri Lanka, Brazil and China
•           The Latest on Synthetic Diamonds
•           Enhancing Your Online Presence
•           Jewelry Quality Assurance Benchmarks

Show Service Laboratory
Show attendees will have convenient access to gem identification and country-of-origin services through the GIA Show Service Laboratory. Expert GIA gemologists will accept gemstones at Palm G (Level 3 of Mandalay Bay Convention Center) Thursday throughSunday, May 29 – June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m.; and Monday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Beauty of Science: Museum Displays
For an exclusive taste of GIA’s Carlsbad exhibit “The Beauty of Science: Gems & Gemology Celebrates 80 Years, Featuring the Artistry of Harold and Erica Van Pelt,” show attendees can stop by booth L99 from May 30 – June 2. Stunning pieces of historic and gemological significance featured on three different covers of the Institute’s award-winning scientific journal will be displayed side-by-side with their iconic Van Pelt photos:


Winter 1988. These intense rubellites (necklace 18.5 ct, ring 13.8 ct) are from the Tourmaline Queen Mine, San Diego County, CA. Designed by Jeanne Larson. Courtesy of The Collector Fine Jewelry, Fallbrook, CA.



Summer 2006. Colombian emerald and diamond necklace with matching earrings, designed by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. in the 1950s. The three large emeralds in the necklace weigh 6.65-7.41 ct; the emeralds in the earrings are 3.27 and 4.03 ct. Courtesy of a private collector.



Summer 2008. A selection of topaz jewelry and loose faceted stones from the GIA Collection. The Belle Époque platinum corsage ornament, gift of Stephen and Eileen Silver (S. H. Silver Co.), 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 collection of Dr. Edward J. Gübelin. The 11.54 ct blue topaz, sapphire and diamond ring is a gift of Jacques Prades.


Education Seminars
Andy Lucas, GIA’s manager of field gemology and course development, will present two seminars at Banyan B. Tuition for each is $175. Previous gemological training and/or experience is recommended and pre-registration is required. To register, call 800-421-7250, ext. 4001 or email admissions@gia.edu.   

Identifying Diamond Treatments
Thursday, May 29, 9 to 11 a.m.
Attendees will learn about the most important diamond treatment processes currently used in the gemstone market. Through a combination of lecture and a hands-on lab, the seminar covers the nature and treatment identification of diamonds including, laser drilled, fracture filled, HPHT, irradiation and multiple treatment processes. Attendees will learn how to separate laser manufacturing remnants from treatments.

Colored Stone Treatment Update
Thursday, May 29, 1 to 3 p.m.
Attendees will learn about the most important treatment processes currently used in the gemstone market. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on lab, the seminar covers the nature and treatment identification of commercially important gemstones used in jewelry.

GIA Experts at Free Seminars

Update on Synthetic Diamonds
Friday, May 30, 10 to 11:15 a.m. at Tradewinds B
GIA’s Distinguished Research Fellow Dr. James Shigley will provide an update on GIA’s research into synthetic diamonds and will summarize how gemologists identify them. He will also introduce attendees to DiamondCheck™, GIA’s new device that accurately identifies colorless natural, untreated diamonds in the D-to-N range and refers diamonds that are potentially synthetic or treated for further examination.

Synthetic Diamond Disclosure Panel
Friday, May 30, 1 to 2:15 p.m. at Tradewinds A
Dr. Shigley will be part of a panel on synthetic diamond disclosure, discussing what should be done and what others in the industry are doing to better protect the public and the trade.

Educating the Next Generation of Jewelry Makers and Bench Jewelers Panel
Sunday, June 1, 1 to 2:15 p.m. at Tradewinds C
Mark Mann, GIA’s global director of Jewelry Manufacturing Arts, will be part of a panel discussing education for modern jewelry makers.

Alumni Bungalow at “JCK Rocks the Beach”
Sunday, June 1, 8:30 to 11 p.m.
The GIA Alumni Association is hosting Bungalow 2 at The Beach at Mandalay Bay during the “JCK Rocks the Beach” reception, featuring Grammy Award-winner Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty. Show attendees are encouraged to stop by to network and mingle with GIA alumni and industry members from across the globe. The event is open to all JCK badge holders; tickets will be distributed based on a first-come, first-served basis on Friday and Sunday at the show’s Ticket Centers.

For more information about GIA in Las Vegas, visit the website.

About GIA
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.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit www.gia.edu
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