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Sunday, August 31, 2014

GIA Alumni Events Add to Field Trip Offerings Following Int'l Mineralogical Association 2014

GIA to Host Workshop, Alumni Events Following IMA 2014
Institute’s booth is 36-1, Sept. 1-5, in South Africa

Following the International Mineralogical Association’s (IMA 2014) 21st general meeting in Gauteng, South Africa, GIA will offer a gemology workshop taught by some of the world’s top researchers. On Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon, GIA researchers Dr. James Shigley, distinguished research fellow; Dr. Wuyi Wang, director of research and development; Karen Smit, 
post-doctoral research associate; Christopher (Mike) Breeding, research scientist; and Dr. Ulrika d’Haenens-Johansson, research scientist, will present “Gem Diamonds: Treatment, Synthetics and It's Identification.” Gemological updates on diamonds, ruby and sapphire will also be discussed. Guests may register for this session through the IMA conference.

Show attendees can also visit GIA at its booth 36-1 during the show, Sept. 1-5, in the exhibition area of the Sandton Convention Centre to learn more about GIA research, laboratory services, education and instruments.

In conjunction with the conference, the GIA Alumni Association will sponsor three free networking and education events in South Africa and Botswana:

Saturday, Sept. 6, 3:00 p.m.
Sandton Convention Centre
Maude Street, Sandton
Johannesburg, South Africa

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 6:00 p.m.
Southern Sun Hotel – The Cullinan
1 Cullinan Street, Waterfront
Cape Town, South Africa

Thursday, Sept. 11, 6:00 p.m.
Gaborone Sun Hotel, Plot 4
727 Chuma Drive
Gaborone, Botswana

These events are free and open to the public, but seating is limited; visit to reserve a seat. For more information, email

MORE:          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  

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