Alumni Association

Research & Cocktails: Diamond Origin


Diavik summer A154 dike and open pit. To safely open-pit mine its ore bodies, extinct volcanoes located just offshore under the lake waters, dikes were built. Photo courtesy of Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.

The GIA Alumni Association invites you to join us for a 30-minute museum tour with Kimberly Vagner, director of Gems and Minerals Center of Excellence. This will be followed by a conversation with Troy Ardon, research associate at GIA Laboratory-Carlsbad, and Cathryn Ramirez, director of global business development at GIA, on GIA’s newly launched Diamond Origin Report. A reception will immediately follow the discussion.

Troy Ardon, GIA GG, is a research associate specializing in diamond color origin at GIA’s Carlsbad laboratory. Ardon joined GIA in 2011 and has been a member of the Carlsbad laboratory research team since 2012. He specializes in identifying diamond treatments and laboratory-grown diamonds, as well as software development related to spectral processing. Ardon received his bachelors in physics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his masters in diamond science and technology from the University of Warwick.

Cathryn Ramirez is GIA’s director of global business development. Ramirez’s past experience includes almost three decades of leadership at Tiffany & Co. as group director and vice president of the southwest region and working at her family’s 125-year-old jewelry business. She earned a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Texas and is a GIA Graduate Gemologist®.