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2016 AGTA GemFair Tucson

Feb 2 - 6, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Feb 7, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tucson Convention Center
260 South Church, Tucson, AZ 85701

Be sure to visit the GIA booth at the AGTA GemFair in the Tucson Convention Center, Galleria Level, for demos, show specials and the chance to connect with staff and alumni.

The GIA Show Service Laboratory is available to submit colored stones for identification and country-of-origin lab services. Attend your choice of classes, seminars and free presentations to advance your gemological knowledge. Check out the latest issue of Gems & Gemology, or take in a demo of GIA’s gemological instruments. And don’t miss GIA’s alumni auction and party for an evening of food, fun and dancing. We look forward to seeing you there!


GIA will offer quick, convenient access to gem identification and country-of-origin services during the show. Drop off your gemstones at the AGTA Show in the Onyx Suite.

The laboratory will be available:
Feb. 1-6: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Feb. 7: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Note: Services available one day before the AGTA Show opens. Hours of operation differ from show hours.

This is a great opportunity to use your GIA GemPasses for identification and country-of-origin services.

Temporary reports will be printed on site; permanent reports will be sent after the show.
Diamonds and pearl report services will not be available at AGTA show.

For more information, call 800-421-7250, ext. 4517 or 760-603-4517, or email


Register online for the GIA Diamond Grading lab class mentioned below. For the seminars, you can register ONLY by contacting GIA Admissions at 800-421-7250 ext. 4001 or +1-760-603-4001.

Lab classes, seminars and presentations take place at the Tucson Convention Center.

GEM 230L Diamond Grading Lab
Required for: GG, Graduate Diamonds Diplomas

A unique combination of hands-on training, one-on-one coaching and multimedia, the Diamond Grading lab class explores how to grade diamonds consistently and accurately using a modern gem microscope and a jeweler’s loupe. Students study GIA’s International Diamond Grading System™, explore time-saving shortcuts to determine a variety of grading factors, and are introduced to methods for reading a GIA Diamond Grading Report. You will spend more than 18 hours practicing grading techniques on diamonds that were carefully selected and graded by GIA. In the process, you will study how to recognize the most common diamond features. Students must pass a two-stone practical exam to complete the class successfully. Once you have completed the class, you can keep a lab manual, a pointer probe, a gem cloth, a plotting pen set, a table gauge, a crown angle card, and a color grading card.

Feb. 1-5: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Coconino Room
Tuition: $1,600 + $125 for books and materials = $1,725, plus applicable sales tax
Earn: Letter of Completion

Identifying Gemstone Treatments Seminar
(Previous gemological training and/or experience recommended)
2-Hour Lecture/Lab

Previous gemological training and/or experience recommended.
A dynamic presentation and a hands-on lab led by GIA instructors to introduce the various treatment processes used in the gemstone market, as well as treatment identification of commercially important gemstones used in jewelry.

Feb. 6: 9 to 11 a.m., Coconino Room
Tuition: $225

Identifying Diamond Treatments Seminar
(Previous gemological training and/or experience recommended)
2-Hour Lecture/Lab

A dynamic presentation and a hands-on lab led by GIA instructors will present information on the nature and treatment of diamonds, including laser-drilled, fracture-filled, HPHT, irradiation and multiple treatment processes.

Feb. 6: 1 to 3 p.m., Coconino Room, Tucson Convention Center
Tuition: $225


The Latest News from GIA Research – Dr. James Shigley
Join Dr. James Shigley, GIA’s Distinguished Research Fellow and a member of GIA’s research team, as he offers insight on developments from the laboratory and research conducted at GIA. Topics of discussion may include, or be related to, colored stones, diamond, or other areas of topical interest.

Feb. 5: 9 to10 a.m., Mojave Room


GIA Jewelry Manufacturing Arts is at the forefront of jewelry design education – from 3D printer rapid prototyping and casting, to pre-finishing, setting and buffing. The skill sets of bench jewelers combined with the latest technology of CAD/CAM enables jewelers to create top-of-the-line pieces infused with creativity.

Visit GIA at AGTA CAD Design Studio in the GemHall Booth 450, where GIA experts will answer questions and discuss a variety of relevant topics, including:

  • Zero-shrinkage from CAD file to photopolymer models to rough castings
  • Jewelry engineering priorities
  • Jewelry design concepts
  • Use of Quality Assurance Benchmarking criteria when CAD Modeling


Plan now to attend the GIA Alumni Association’s annual auction and dinner dance in Tucson. Join GIA alumni, students and industry friends for a fun evening to network.

Feb. 5: 6:30 to 11 p.m.

Marriott University Park Hotel
880 East Second Street
Tucson, AZ

Tickets are $55 if purchased before Jan. 15 and $65 if purchased Jan. 16 or after.
Purchase tickets here.


On your way to GIA’s booth on the Galleria level, check out “Striking Gold,” a sunny display of gem species and varieties in yellow. You’ll find gems ranging from classic to collector that will challenge your best gem identification skills!

If you are still in Tucson after the AGTA GemFair, visit GIA at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, Feb.11-14.

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