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 jewelry trade needs to be prepared with tools and techniques that will help them 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 gemological education programs.
The seminars are a combination of lecture and lab that leverages 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 gemological 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 gemological properties of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) grown synthetic diamonds
Post-growth treatment 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 communicate your alumni status for validation when registering.
Previous gemological 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 enroll, 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. 4001
Instructor: GIA Carlsbad campus gemology instructor
June 4-5 (two-day seminar); Researchers: Dr. Mike Breeding and Dr Sally Magaña
September 5-6 (two-day seminar); Researchers: Dr. Mike Breeding and Dr Sally Magaña
T: +971 4 2754500
Instructor: Dubai location gemology instructor
March 17 – Researchers: Dr. Karen Smit and Dr. Mike Breeding
March 18 – Researchers: Dr. Karen Smit and Dr. Mike Breeding
T: +852 3166 7001
Instructor: GIA Hong Kong campus gemology instructor
March 5 – Researchers: Dr. Wuyi Wang and Dr. Ulrika F.S. D’Haenens-Johansson
T: +44 20 7813 4321
Instructor: GIA London campus gemology instructor
May 28-29 (two-day seminar); Researchers: Dr. Ulrika F.S. D’Haenens-Johansson and Dr. Evan Smith
September 9-10 (two-day seminar); Researchers: Dr. Mike Breeding and Dr. Karen Smit
T: +1 800 41 999 14
Instructor: GIA Mumbai campus gemology instructor
January 21 – Researchers: Dr. Sally Magaña and Dr. Evan Smith
January 22 – Researchers: Dr. Sally Magaña and Dr. Evan Smith
August 19 – Researchers: Dr. Sally Magaña and Dr. Evan Smith
August 20 – Researchers: Dr. Sally Magaña and Dr. Evan Smith
T: +1 212 944 5900
Instructor: GIA New York campus gemology instructor
June 24-25 (two-day seminar); Researchers: Dr. Karen Smit and Dr. Ulrika D'Haenens-Johansson
August 5-6 (two-day seminar); Researcher: Dr. Ulrika D'Haenens-Johansson
October 15-16 (two-day seminar); Researchers: Dr. Karen Smit and Dr. Ulrika D'Haenens-Johansson
T: +021 52585880 or +886 2 27719391
Instructor: GIA Taipei campus gemology instructor
Dates to be announced
T: 03-5812-3215 or 03-5812-0316
September 26-27 (two-day seminar); Researcher: Dr. Shoko Odake
November 19-20 (two-day seminar); Researcher: Dr. Shoko Odake
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 color 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 honors 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 sulfur co-doping in synthetic diamond grown by chemical vapor deposition. Dr. Magaña post-doctoral fellowship was at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. 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 color 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 characterizing 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 performed 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 the Beijing University.
Dates, course content and participating researcher are subject to change.