A greater demand in the pearl world has resulted in new techniques and technology in the pearl and imitation pearl supply chain. Thanks to improved cultivation methods, the size of freshwater pearls has been increasing, their quality has improved, and their shapes have become more varied.
San Francisco, CA
Few gemstones are imitated as often and as deceptively as jade. Eric Hoffman's presentation will briefly review the characteristics of true jade – nephrite and jadeite –and then focus on the many look-alikes, treatments and alterations.
New York, NY
Join the Cincinnati chapter for a hands-on presentation by David C.Y. Leung, an expert in antique jade carving and period jewelry. He is devoted to exploring the role of jade in Chinese culture and detecting the fundamental differences in jade enhancements.
Visit the museum's newest exhibit, “Centuries of Opulence: Jewels of India” that features 50 lavish, historical jewelry pieces on loan from a private collection that have never been seen in public.
Through interactive, guided discussion led by GIA instructor, this seminar will present information on HPHT and CVD-grown synthetic diamonds and how to seperate them from natural diamonds.
You've seen him on the TV series, Prospectors with his infectious smile! Rich Fretterd will talk about his amazing sherry topaz find in the Pikes Peak wilderness area of Colorado. Fretterd will bring samples of the topaz for 'show and tell' and there will be pieces available for purchase as well.
Join us as we welcome Dr. Jeffrey E. Post, curator-in-charge of the National Gem Collection, as he presents a beautifully illustrated talk on the Smithsonian Institution’s rare and magnificent gems.
Scientists and gem experts will share the latest gemological research and studies at the 2017 meeting. Visit GIA’s Booth 418 and find out what’s new in gemological education, lab services, instruments and research.
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101
Washington State Convention Center
Retail is changing at a ballistic pace. We’ve seen thousands of jewelers close their doors in recent years and amidst the chaos it is hard to know what to do. Are brick and mortar stores losing relevance?
Royal Oak, MI
Join the Houston alumni chapter to network and catch-up with your fellow alumni for a fun social after a very long summer.