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AGTA GemFair Tucson

Feb 3 - Feb 8, 2015
Onyx Suite, Galleria Level

Tucson, AZ

AGTA GemFair Tucson

If you're planning to attend the AGTA GemFair in Tucson, February 3 - 8, 2015, be sure to visit the GIA booth at the Tucson Convention Center, Galleria Level, for demos, show specials, and the chance to connect with staff and alumni. Take a look at what’s in store. We look forward to seeing you there!


GIA Show Service Laboratory at AGTA GemFair
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 2 - 7, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Feb 8, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Note: Services open one day before the AGTA Show opens and 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, with permanent reports being sent after the show.
We will not be accepting any diamonds for grading services.
For more information, call 800 421 7250, ext 4517 or 760 603 4517, or email
Click here to register for lab classes and call GIA Admissions at 800 421 7250 ext 4001 to register for seminars.
Lab classes, seminars, and presentations are taking place at the Tucson Convention Center.
Lab Classes
GEM 230L Diamond Grading Lab
Required for: GG, Graduate Diamonds Diplomas
Through 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 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 test 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 2 – 6, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Coconino Room

Tuition: $1,600.00 + $125.00 Books and Materials = $1,725.00 plus applicable sales tax
Earn: Letter of Completion
Fee-Based Seminars
Identifying Heat Treatment of Corundum
Previous gemological training and/or experience recommended.
Discover why corundum is heat-treated, and how different forms of heat treatment can alter ruby and sapphire. During this seminar, which includes a lecture and hands-on lab component, you will be taught the identifying characteristics of heated and unheated corundum, and how low-temperature heat treatment and differences in corundum types can lead to complications during the identification process.

Feb 7, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Coconino Room

Tuition:  $225.00
Identifying Glass Fillings and "Healed Fissures” in Corundum
Previous gemological training and/or experience recommended.
High-lead-content glass fillings are currently the most common treatment found in ruby, while "healed fissures" are one of the most misunderstood ruby treatments on the market. In this seminar, which is comprised of lecture and a hands-on lab component, you will be taught the identifying characteristics of these treatments, why they are done, and to which types of corundum they are applied.

Feb 7, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Coconino Room

Tuition:  $225.00

Free Seminar
The Latest News from GIA Research – Dr. James Shigley
Join Dr. James Shigley, GIA distinguished research fellow, and a member of GIA’s research team, as he offers insight on current 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 current interest.
Feb 6, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Mojave Room
Party at the GIA Gem Mine - Rocking Down Under
The GIA Alumni Association’s annual auction and dinner dance in Tucson is where you’ll find the most fun, the best party, and a guaranteed good time.
Feb 6, 6:30 – 11:00 p.m.

The Marriott University Park Hotel
880 East Second Street
Tucson, AZ

$65 if purchased Jan16 or after
Click here to purchase tickets.

GIA at AGTA CAD Design Studio
GIA Jewelry Manufacturing Arts is at the forefront of jewelry design education – from 3D printer rapid protoyping and casting to prefinishing, setting and buffing. Combining the skill sets of bench jewelers with the latest technology in CAD/CAM allows for top-of-the-line pieces infused with creativity.

Visit GIA at AGTA CAD Design Studio at 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

- 3D scanning of gemstones and importing content into CAD files for use in making jewelry

- Use of Quality Assurance Benchmarking criteria when CAD Modeling

If you are still in Tucson after the AGTA GemFair, visit GIA at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, February 12 - 15, 2015.

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