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AGTA GemFair Tucson

Feb 4 - 9, 2014


Tucson, AZ

AGTA GemFair Tucson

If you're planning to attend the AGTA GemFair in Tucson, February 4 – 9, 2014, be sure to visit the GIA booth (Gallery Level) for demos, show specials, and the chance to connect with staff and alumni. Take a look at what’s in store. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

GIA Show Service Lab at AGTA GemFair
GIA will offer quick, convenient access to gem identification and country-of-origin services during the show. Drop off your gemstones at the AGTA Show in the Onyx Suite on the Galleria Level of the Tucson Convention Center.
 
The laboratory will be available:
Feb 3 – 8, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Feb 9, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 
This is a great opportunity to use your GIA GemPasses for identification and country-of-origin services.
 
Temporary reports will be printed on site, with permanent reports being sent after the show.
 
We will not be accepting any diamonds for grading services.
 
For more information, call 800 421 7250, ext 4517 or 760 603 4517, or email coloredstones@gia.edu
 
 
Education
Click here to register for lab classes and call GIA Admissions at 800 421 7250 ext 4001 to register for seminars.
 
Lab classes, seminars, and presentations are taking place at the Tucson Convention Center.
 
Lab Classes
 
Colored Stone Grading Lab Class
Required for: GG, Graduate Colored Stones Diplomas
Develop skills in grading the color, clarity, and cut quality of a wide range of colored stones. Learn the GIA Colored Stone Grading System and how to describe color by hue, tone, and saturation. Judge gem quality factors. Improve the consistency and accuracy of your colored stone grading skills. Learn about the relationship between light and color and develop your color memory.
 
Feb 4 – 6, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuition: $1,120.00 + $60.00 Books and Materials = $1,180.00 plus applicable sales tax
Earn: Letter of Completion
 
Pearl Grading Lab Class
Required for: Graduate Pearls Diploma
Discover how the world’s foremost experts determine the quality of akoya, freshwater, South Sea, and Tahitian pearls. Learn GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors™ by training with a member of the Institute’s internationally respected team of instructors. Learn how to evaluate freshwater and cultured pearls in order to increase sales and promote the relationship between beauty, value, and quality in your merchandise.
 
Feb 7, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuition:   $305.00 + $15.00 Books and Materials = $320.00 plus applicable sales tax
Earn: Letter of Completion
 
 
Fee-Based Seminars
 
Identifying Synthetic Diamond
Previous gemological training and/or experience recommended.
Through a combination of lecture and hands-on lab using a microscope, learn how to identify HPHT-grown synthetic diamonds and separate them from natural diamond.  You’ll also gain greater insight into the identification of CVD-grown synthetic diamond. Learn how to easily separate synthetic moissanite and synthetic cubic zirconia from diamond.
 
Feb 8, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Tuition:  $175.00
 
Identifying Diamond Treatments     
Previous gemological training and/or experience recommended.
Learn about the most important diamond treatment processes currently used in the gemstone market. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on lab with a microscope, you'll cover the nature and treatment identification of diamonds including, laser drilled, fracture filled, HPHT, irradiation, and multiple treatment processes. You will also learn to separate laser manufacturing remnants from treatments.
 
Feb 8, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Tuition:  $175.00
 
 
Free Seminars
 
The Latest News from GIA Research – Dr. James Shigley
Dr. James Shigley, GIA distinguished research fellow, and a member of GIA’s research team, will offer insight on current developments in the lab. Topics may be related to colored stones, diamond, or other areas of current interest.
 
Feb 7, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
FREE
 
Magnificent Jewels of Cheapside Hoard – Robert Weldon
An astonishing treasure trove of jewels was uncovered by a demolitions workman in the Cheapside neighborhood of London, in 1912. Of the 500 or so items that comprise the hoard, numerous loose gems, jewels and other items offer a unique glimpse of Renaissance jewelry and tell us much about the global trade in gemstones during the late 1500s and 1600s.
The Cheapside Hoard, as this treasure is known, is on display in its entirety at the Museum of London untill April, 2014. GIA's principal gem photographer, Robert Weldon was offered a unique opportunity to see and photograph several of the treasure's most significant pieces. Join Robert as he describes this historically significant treasure and his photographic quest to capture their beauty. 
 
Feb 5, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
FREE
 
 
Party at the GIA Gem Mine
The GIA Alumni Association’s annual auction and dinner dance in Tucson is where you’ll find the most fun, the best party, and a guaranteed good time.
 
Feb 7, 6:30 – 11:00 p.m.
The Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 East Second Street, Tucson
Tickets: $50 if purchased by Jan 17
              $65 if purchased Jan18 or after
 
Click here to reserve your tickets now.


GIA at CAD/CAM Pavilion
GIA Jewelry Manufacturing Arts is at the forefront of jewelry design education – from 3D printer rapid protoyping and casting to prefinishing, setting and buffing. Combining the skill sets of bench jewelers with the latest technology in CAD/CAM allows for top-of-the-line pieces infused with creativity.

During an ongoing series at the AGTA GemFair Tucson, GIA experts will answer questions and discuss a variety of relevant topics, including:

- CAD/CAM

- Zero-shrinkage from CAD file to photopolymer models to rough castings

- Jewelry Engineering Priorities

- Jewelry Design Concepts

- 3D scanning of gemstones and importing content into CAD files for use in making jewelry

- Use of Quality Assurance Benchmarking criteria when CAD Modeling



If you are still in Tucson after the AGTA GemFair, visit GIA at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, February 13 - 16, 2014. For more information, click here.
 

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