Learn the Latest Techniques to Identify Synthetic Diamonds from GIA Researchers – Seating is Limited.
Synthetic diamond technology is moving quickly, and with more synthetic diamonds available in the market, the gem and jewellery trade needs to be prepared with tools and techniques that will help them to distinguish natural from synthetic diamonds.
In the GIA Advanced Synthetic Diamond Seminar, participants will gain in-depth knowledge of advanced diamond identification techniques, including hands-on experience with current production synthetic diamonds and the latest detection technology.
These one- to two-day seminars (length may vary by location) build on GIA’s more than 60 years of scientific research into natural, treated and synthetic diamonds and 80 years of GIA’s industry-leading gemmological education programmes.
The seminars are a combination of lecture and lab that utilises the expertise of GIA research scientists and the education skills and experience of GIA instructors. The GIA research scientist presenting the seminar will have expert knowledge of synthetic diamond as a material, its identification and gemmological characteristics, along with the processes used by GIA’s laboratories to separate synthetic from natural diamonds.
Natural and synthetic diamond formation, diamond defects and their analysis, (including the basic principles of spectroscopy)
The gemmological properties of chemical vapour deposition (CVD) and high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) grown synthetic diamonds
Post-growth treatments of synthetic diamond
The analytical instrumentation used by laboratories to identify synthetic diamonds
Hands-on sample examination of natural and synthetic diamonds
Hands-on operation of GIA instruments including the GIA iD100™, GIA DiamondCheck™ and the GIA UV Lamp with Viewing Cabinet.
GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount. This member benefit is available to all global GIA Alumni when registering for this seminar. Please mention your alumni status for validation when registering.
Previous gemmological training and/or experience recommended.
New dates and locations may be added throughout the year. Seating is limited to less than 20 participants (depending on location).
For seminar costs, questions or to enrol, please complete the form below or call the telephone number listed for each location.
T: +1 760 603 4001 or +1 800 421 7250 ext. .
Instructor: GIA Carlsbad campus gemmology instructor
Seminar dates to be announced
T: +852 3166 7001
Instructor: GIA Hong Kong campus gemmology instructor
Seminar dates to be announced
T: +44 20 7813 4321
Instructor: GIA London campus gemmology instructor
2020 – 2021
Dates to be determined
T: +1 800 41 999 14
Instructor: GIA Mumbai campus gemmology instructor
Seminar dates to be announced
T: +1 212 944 5900
Instructor: GIA New York campus gemmology instructor
6-7 Apr (two-day seminar); Researcher: Dr Karen Smit
15-16 June (two-day seminar); Researcher: Dr Karen Smit
12-13 Oct (two-day seminar); Researcher: Dr Ulrika F.S. D’Haenens-Johansson
Dr Mike Breeding is a senior research scientist and manager, diamond analytical, at the GIA laboratory in Carlsbad, California. His area of research and expertise is in natural and synthetic diamond defects, treatments and colour origins. Dr Breeding earned a doctorate in geology at Yale University in 2004 and earned his GIA Graduate Gemologist credential in 2005.
Dr Ulrika F.S. D’Haenens-Johansson is a senior research scientist at the GIA laboratory in New York. Her area of research and expertise is the defect physics of natural, treated and synthetic diamond materials using optical and EPR spectroscopy. She earned a master’s in physics with honours at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom in 2007 and a doctorate in physics, also at the University of Warwick, in 2011. Dr D’Haenens-Johansson’s thesis was Optical and Magnetic Resonance Studies of Point Defects in CVD Diamond.
Dr Sally Magaña is a senior research scientist at the GIA laboratory in Carlsbad, California. Her area of research and expertise is in diamond physics, treatments and synthetics. She earned a doctorate in chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, USA in 2003. Her doctoral dissertation was studying the effects of boron and sulphur co-doping in synthetic diamond grown by chemical vapour deposition. Dr Magaña's post-doctoral fellowship was at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. Dr Magaña has been with GIA since 2006.
Dr Karen Smit is a research scientist at the GIA laboratory in New York. Her area of research and expertise is diamond geology and since joining GIA in 2014, she has been closely involved in researching the origin of natural diamonds and their colour treatments. She has studied natural diamonds from deposits around the world, including Ellendale, Australia; Zimmi, Sierra Leone; Marange, Zimbabwe; and Victor, Canada. Dr Smit earned a master’s in geochemistry from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2008 and a PhD in geology from the University of Alberta, Canada in 2013.
Dr Evan Smith is a research scientist at the GIA laboratory in New York. His area of research and expertise is diamond geology, including methodically characterising the inclusions found in rare diamonds.
Dr Smith’s study on a 400 ct diamond found in Angola was the December 2016 cover story of Science magazine. He received his bachelor of applied science and master of engineering from Queens University and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of British Columbia. He carried out his postdoctoral research fellowship at GIA in 2015.
Dr Wuyi Wang is Vice President of Research and Development at GIA and has more than 20 years of research experience in diamond geochemistry and the treatments of diamonds and other gem materials. He holds a Ph.D. in mineralogy, experimental petrology and geochemistry from the University of Tsukuba in Japan and a bachelor’s degree in geology from Beijing University.
Dates, course content and participating researcher are subject to change.