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Golden Gate-California Chapter: Bringing Clarity to Diamonds — The Market for Laboratory-Grown and Natural Diamonds


Top: Natural Diamond, Left: Laboratory-grown Diamond, Right: Diamond Simulant

Presenter: Jon C. Phillips

Laboratory-grown diamonds are making a bigger push into consumer sales with savvy marketing, an array of beautiful colors and reasonable prices. Natural diamond producers are pushing back with ad campaigns showing the benefits of a "Real is Rare" natural diamond. Jon's lecture analyzes the producers, production and products of the two diamond worlds and what they will bring to our holiday retail season.

Jon has been in the jewelry business for over 35 years and worked in all of its “facets”. He is currently the Divisional Manager for Canadian Diamonds at Corona Jewellery Company Ltd. in Toronto, Canada. Jon also currently sits on the Accreditation and Certification committee of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and is a past member of the Standards Committee.

Jon is a Certified Gemologist (CG) from the American Gem Society (AGS) and a Graduate Gemologist® (GG) from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).


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