Press Release

Advanced Synthetic Diamond Seminar Comes to Mumbai, London and Carlsbad

GIA researchers and instructors offer lectures and practical training

CARLSBAD, Calif. – June 5, 2018 – GIA will offer its new Advanced Synthetic Diamond Seminars in August in Mumbai and London, and in October at its world headquarters in Carlsbad, California. Seminar dates coincide with gem and jewelry events or tradeshows in each city. Participants will have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of advanced diamond identification techniques and to have hands-on experience with current production synthetic diamonds and the latest detection technology. While there are no pre-requisites, previous gemological training or experience is recommended.
Taught by GIA research scientists and experienced classroom instructors, the seminars will combine lectures with practical lab instruction, including the latest GIA instrumentation for differentiating natural diamonds from CVD and HPHT synthetic diamonds and diamond simulants. Instruments include the GIA iD100™, GIA DiamondCheck™ and GIA UV Lamp with Viewing Cabinet. The GIA research scientist presenting the seminar will have expert knowledge of synthetic diamond as a material, its identification and gemological characteristics, along with the processes used by GIA’s laboratories to separate synthetic from natural diamonds. To provide the most effective instruction, registrations are limited to 20 or fewer, depending on location.
Held at GIA schools in each city, the seminars are scheduled around other industry events, including the GIA International Gemological Symposium in Carlsbad, California; the Hong Kong Gem and Mineral Show; the India International Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Show; and the International Jewellery London trade show. The cost and specific curriculum for each seminar will vary by location. Discounted pricing is available for GIA Alumni who have completed a certificate course or diploma program.
Those interested in the seminars should contact the respective GIA location. Details of future seminars will be posted Dates, course content and participating researcher are subject to change.
August 20 and 21 (1-day seminar offered on two different days)
GIA researcher: Dr. Mike Breeding, senior research scientist and manager, diamond analysis at GIA in Carlsbad; expert in diamond defects, treatments and color origins
Registration: +1 800 41 999 14
August 29 – 30 (2-day extended seminar)
GIA researchers: Dr. Ulrika D’Haenens-Johansson, senior research scientist at GIA in New York; expert in the defect physics of natural, treated and synthetic diamond materials; and Dr. Karen Smit, research scientist at GIA in New York; expert in diamond geology, geochemistry, treatment and synthesis.
Registration: Tel +44 20 7813 4321
October 10 – 11 (2-day extended seminar)
GIA Researcher: Dr. Sally Magaña, senior research scientist at GIA in Carlsbad; expert in diamond physics, treatments and synthetics.
Registration: Tel +1 760 603 4400 or +1 800 421 7250 ext. 4400

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.