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Monday, June 4, 2018

GIA Brought It! Array of Offerings at #JCKLasVegas

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GIA Brought It! Array of Offerings at JCK Las Vegas
Laboratory services, hands-on lab, presentations and more made  available

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) presented an extensive lineup at the 2018 JCK Las Vegas show.  In their booth L99 on Level 1 of the Bayside Lobby of the Mandalay Bay Resort from June 1 to 4 they haeld valuable presentations, new product demonstrations, show specials and the chance to connect with GIA staff and alumni. There will also be an exhibit celebrating the 100th year of Richard T. Liddicoat – the Father of Modern Gemology and past GIA president. 

GIA highlights at the 2018 JCK Las Vegas Show included:

GIA Show Service Laboratory
Room Palm G, Level 3 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
May 31-June 3: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Submit and Pick Up)
June 4: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pick Up Only)

Show Attendees will have convenient access to GIA Colored Stone Identification Reports for all colored stones and GIA Colored Stone Identification and Origin Reports for ruby, sapphire, emerald, ParaĆ­ba tourmaline and red spinel. Report services for diamonds and pearls will not be available. For more information, call +1 800 421 7250 ext. 4517 or +1 760 603 4517 (if outside the United States or Canada), or contact the laboratory.

Educational Seminars
GIA will offer two advanced educational seminars – Identifying Synthetic Diamonds, and Ruby: Country of Origin Determination. Tuition for each is $225. Previous gemological training and/or experience is recommended and pre-registration is required. To register for the seminars below, call GIA Admissions at +1 800 421 7250 ext. 4001 or +1 760 603 4001 or contact us.

Identifying Synthetic Diamonds
Tradewinds E/F on the Pool Level of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Friday, June 1, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Through interactive, guided discussion and a hands-on lab led by GIA instructor(s), this seminar will present information on HPHT and CVD-grown synthetic diamonds and how to separate them from natural diamonds.

Ruby: Country of Origin Determination
Tradewinds E/F on the Pool Level of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Friday, June 1, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Utilizing specimens from GIA’s country of origin sample collection, students will learn the fundamentals of determining the country of origin for ruby. They will use microscopes during the lab session to identify inclusions in the actual samples used by GIA.

Popular In-Booth Briefings - In the GIA booth 
Level 1 of the Bayside Lobby - Booth L99 
of Mandalay Bay Resort Event Center

Popular In-Booth Briefings
Booth L99 on Level 1 of the Bayside Lobby of Mandalay Bay Resort

GIA experts will share insights on some of the industry’s most relevant topics during 20-minute presentations. Visit the GIA booth for any updates or changes to the schedule.

India’s Gems and Jewelry Industry – Growth Opportunities
Nirupa Bhatt, managing director of GIA India and Middle East
Friday, June 1, 1 p.m.
Sunday, June 3, 3 p.m.

Marketing Tools for Retailers: How to Up Your Game, Get Noticed, and Win Customers
Tali Nay, GIA manager of retailer support program; Cathryn Ramirez, GIA director of global business development
Friday, June 1, 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 2, 3 p.m.

The Latest on Synthetic Diamonds
James Shigley, Ph.D., GIA distinguished research fellow
Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 2, 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 3, 11 a.m.

Russell Shor on "Shocking Pink: 
Will We See the End of Argyle’s Pink Diamond Tenders in 2020?"

Shocking Pink: Will We See the End of Argyle’s Pink Diamond Tenders in 2020?
Russell Shor, GIA senior industry analyst
Friday, June 1, 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 3, 1 p.m.

The Latest on Blue Diamonds
John King, GIA chief quality officer
Saturday, June 2, 1 p.m.

Six Ways to Make Your Gem and Jewelry Photographs Stand Out
Robert Weldon, GIA library director
Sunday, June 3, 2 p.m.

GIA at JCK – Special Presentations
Tradewinds F on the Pool Level of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Sunday, June 3
Throughout the day on June 3, GIA experts presented updates on the Institute’s research, new programs and education topics...offering an inside look into what is new at GIA.

GIA Research Update
Dr. Wuyi Wang, GIA vice president of research and development
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Dr. Evan Smith, GIA research scientist
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Matt Crimmin, GIA vice president of product development
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Staying Current with GIA Jewelry Manufacturing Arts Education
Elizabeth Brehmer, GIA director of Jewelry Manufacturing Arts Operations
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Panoramic View of GIA Education: Gemology
Dr. Tao Hsu, GIA manager of global education professional development
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

JCK Talks Education Program
The Showcase Stage, Bayside, Level 1
Friday, June 1, 9:30 a.m. 

John King, GIA chief quality officer, spoke on “Powerful Symbols: The Unique World of Colored Diamonds.” In this presentation, King explored the allure of colored diamonds and what gives these diamonds their value and today’s market availability.


In their booth (Booth L99) on Level 1 of the Bayside Lobby of Mandalay Bay Resort, GIA staff walks you through the use of commonly used and new gemological tools...

GIA iD100™
This new instrument distinguishes natural diamonds—mounted and loose, rough and cut—from synthetic (HPHT and CVD) diamonds and diamond simulants in the colorless to near-colorless range, in sizes starting from 0.9 millimeters in diameter.

GIA UV Lamp and Viewing Cabinet - Preview
UV lamp output variation can significantly affect fluorescence color and intensity observed in diamond. This prototype device utilizes a very stable, narrowband UV LED (365 nm) whose output will not fluctuate over time compared to traditional mercury-based UV lamps.

GIA Polariscope - Preview
The GIA Polariscope is used to test the optical properties of gemstones and determine whether a stone is singly refractive, doubly refractive or is an aggregate. Doubly refractive stones may be divided further as to whether they are uniaxial or biaxial. Diamond cutters use the polariscope to determine the strain characteristics of diamonds.

Retailer Support Program (RSP)
Booth L99 on Level 1 of the Bayside Lobby of Mandalay Bay Resort

GIA’s RSP has a new 4Cs Interactive Counter Tool that helps jewelers educate their customers about the 4Cs of diamond quality. This tool includes scales for each of the 4Cs, matte metal sliders for highlighting individual grades and expanded 4Cs definitions on the back side of the display.

The Passion of Colored Gemstones, a newly published 48-page book, covers colored stone quality factors, geographical source and treatment information with lore and beautiful images for 18 of the most popular colored stones. GIA will be giving away a complimentary copy while supplies last, the book and 4Cs Interactive Counter Tool will also be available through the RSP  site

The 4Cs Interactive Counter Tool helps educate customers
about the 4Cs of diamond quality and includes sliders that 
can be moved to show where a particular diamond’s quality 
characteristics fall on their respective scales. 
Expanded 4Cs definitions are on the back side of the display.

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, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight and, in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which is recognized around the world as the standard for diamond quality.

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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