Seminar

GIA Advanced Synthetic Diamond Seminar



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.

Topics Include

  • 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.

Additional Information

  • 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.

2018 SEMINAR AVAILABILITY

Offered at most GIA locations worldwide, seminar dates coincide with major gem and jewelry trade shows in the same city. Seating is limited to less than 20 participants (depending on location).

Hong Kong
June 19 and 20 (one-day seminars coincide with Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair; June 21-24)
Researcher: Dr. Ulrika F.S. D’Haenens-Johansson
Instructor: GIA Hong Kong campus gemology instructor 
For seminar cost, questions or to register, please email giahongkong@gia.edu or call +852 3166 7001

Mumbai
August 20 and 21 (one-day seminar offered on each date)
Researcher: Dr. Mike Breeding
Instructor: GIA Mumbai campus gemology instructor
For seminar cost, questions or to register, please email eduindia@gia.edu or call +1 800 41 999 14

London
August 29 - 30 (two-day seminar coincides with International Jewellery London; September 2-4, 2018)
Researchers: Dr. Ulrika D’Haenens-Johansson and Dr. Karen Smit
Instructor: GIA London campus gemology instructor
For seminar cost, questions or to register, please email gialondon@gia.edu or call +44 20 7813 4321

Carlsbad
October 10 - 11 (two-day seminar coincides with GIA Symposium; Oct 7-9)
Researcher: Dr. Sally Magaña
Instructor: GIA Carlsbad campus gemology instructor
For seminar cost, questions or to enroll, please email admissions@gia.edu or call +1 760 603 4400 or +1 800 421 7250 ext. 4400

Additional seminar dates at other GIA locations coming soon.

RESEARCHER BIOGRAPHIES

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. He 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. Her 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. Her 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. She 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.


Dates, course content and participating researcher are subject to change.