Trade Show

JCK Las Vegas 2017

Visit GIA booth L99 for in-booth presentations, new product demos, a miniature orchestra of gems and a synthetic diamond display. Drop off your colored stones at the GIA Show Service Laboratory in Palm G, Level 3, open a day before the show starts.

Connect with GIA staff, alumni and fellow industry members in a dynamic setting. Visit GIA booth L99 in the Level 1 Bayside Lobby for valuable presentations, new product demos and the chance to save on instruments. See a whimsical collection of gem carvings inspired by a passion for music and view an exhibit of synthetic and natural diamonds side-by-side. You can also drop off your colored stones at the GIA Show Service Laboratory, conveniently open a day before the show starts. Here’s a peek at what to expect.


GIA will offer quick, convenient access to gem identification and origin identification services for colored stones during the show. Drop off your gemstones in room Palm G, Level 3 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino beginning June 4.

June 4-7: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Submit and Pick Up)
June 8: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pick Up Only)

The following reports services will be available:

  • GIA Colored Stone Identification Reports for ruby, sapphire, emerald, alexandrite, tourmaline, spinel, jade and all other colored stones
  • GIA Colored Stone Identification and Origin Reports for ruby, sapphire, emerald, Paraíba tourmaline and red spinel

Temporary reports will be printed on site, with permanent reports sent after the show.

Report services for diamond and pearls will not be available.

Come prepared and save time. Plan ahead for submitting stones to the GIA Show Service Laboratory here.

For more information, call +1 800 421 7250 ext. 4517 or +1 760 603 4517 (if outside the United States or Canada).


GIA will offer two educational seminars at Tradewinds E/F on the Pool Level of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Tuition for each is $225. Previous gemological training and/or experience is recommended and pre-registration is required. To register for the seminars below, call GIA Admissions at +1 800 421 7250 ext. 4001 or +1 760 603 4001.

Colored Gemstone Inclusions
Previous gemological training and/or experience recommended.
Length: 2 Hours
Type: Lecture/Lab

Inclusions are an unending source of fascination for gem professionals. In this seminar, you’ll use our lab equipment to explore the interiors of specially-chosen rubies, sapphires, emeralds and other colored gemstones and gain insight into what a gem’s internal characteristics can tell you about how and where it formed, and whether it’s treated. Through lecture and hands-on practice, you’ll get an up-close look at gems from new sources, learn to recognize specific types of inclusions, and understand their significance for laboratory gemologists in helping determine geologic origin, and indicating potential treatment.

Monday, June 5, 9 to 11 a.m.
Tradewinds E/F, Pool Level, Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Tuition: $225

Identifying Synthetic Diamonds
Previous gemological training and/or experience recommended.
Length: 2 Hours
Type: Lecture/Lab

The possibility of undisclosed synthetic diamonds being inadvertently sold to consumers is a matter of great concern in the gem and jewelry industry. Through a dynamic presentation and a hands-on lab, both led by GIA instructors and staff, this seminar will present information on HPHT and CVD-grown synthetic diamonds and how to separate them from natural diamond.

Monday, June 5, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Tradewinds E/F, Pool Level, Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Tuition: $225

GIA at JCK Talks

GIA will be taking part in JCK Talks with two valuable seminars. One seminar will provide an in-depth look into a new laboratory service. The second will be announced soon. These are presentations you don’t want to miss.

Telling the Digital Story of a Diamond: GIA M2M
After years of development, GIA is excited to introduce a service that gives consumers a new way to learn their diamonds’ history: GIA M2M. A digital storytelling platform and app, M2M provides a close look into all the chapters of a diamond’s story—from the mine, through the cutting process, and to the market. In this presentation, GIA Vice President of Laboratory Operations, Matt Crimmin, will share more about M2M and how you may be able to get involved.
Sunday, June 4, 1 to 1:45 p.m.
Tradewinds E/F, Pool Level, Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Seating is limited.

GIA In-Booth Briefings

GIA will host a series of 20-minute in-booth briefings where our experts share insights on some of the industry’s most relevant topics. All of the briefings will repeat at least once so that you don’t miss out. See below for the schedule, speakers and topics. 

The Latest on Synthetic Diamonds
James Shigley, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Fellow
Monday, June 5, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, June 6, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7, 11 a.m.

Understand the current status of gem-quality synthetic diamonds in the market and the methods used at GIA to detect this material.
Free Tools to Shake Up Your Marketing Game
Shayne Ebrahimi, Manager, Social Media; Tali Nay, Manager, Retailer Support Program; Kimberly Overlin, Dean of Students
Monday, June 5, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7, 1 p.m.
Learn social media do’s and don’ts and discover tools that enhance your point-of-sale experience and marketing outreach with three experts as they reveal the resources most recommended for influencing your fans, community and potential customers.

Auction Action: The Most Expensive Gem Ever Sold, and More
Russell Shor, Senior Industry Analyst
Monday, June 5, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7, 2 p.m.
Get an industry insider’s perspective on the history of the record-breaking Pink Star and other auction results that may translate into sales of more down-to-earth jewelry.

The Unexpected Origins of Big Diamonds
Evan Smith, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate
Tuesday, June 6, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Published in Science magazine, hear the unique way exceptional diamonds like the Cullinan and
Koh-I-Noor formed beneath the surface of the Earth from the researcher who made the discovery. 
Colombian Emerald Industry: Winds of Change
Andrew Lucas, Manager, Field Gemology
Tuesday, June 6, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7, 3 p.m.
See a fascinating report on the state of the Colombian emerald industry through the lens of a field gemologist as he tours Colombia’s major emerald mines and visits dealers and cutters in Bogotá

GIA Mounted Gem Testing Device

Later this year GIA will introduce for sale an easy-to-operate, sophisticated desktop instrument to reliably identify mounted and unmounted natural diamonds, separating them from all simulants and from diamonds that may be synthetic or treated. The new instrument will be priced to be accessible to the trade and is the latest in a series of instruments and services from GIA that address concerns in the trade about the possibility of undisclosed synthetic or treated diamonds in the supply chain.

Stop by the booth to see demonstrations of a functioning prototype.

Exclusive Savings on the GIA DLScope

GIA is offering its DLScope with Overhead Lamp at a special low price June 5-8 for show attendees. Used by grading professionals, researchers and discerning retailers, this indispensable package is now more affordable than ever at $2,995. Save $1,695. (Regular price: $4,690)

Visit the booth to learn more and purchase the DLScope.

Laboratory Services

Visit the booth to register as a client for laboratory services to submit diamonds, colored stones and pearls at any one of the 12 locations worldwide. GIA staff will be on hand to explain new services and the existing digital and over-the-counter report services designed to support the gem and jewelry industry with the confidence and knowledge of over 85 years of gemological research, education and impartial gem identification.

Retailer Support Program

Educate your customers about diamonds, the 4Cs and GIA grading reports by participating in the Retailer Support Program. By accessing educational materials, web apps and point of sale aids available from GIA, your customers will understand more about diamonds and the 4Cs. You can also sign up for the Retailer Lookup, an online listing that allows customers worldwide to find local stores that sell GIA-graded diamonds or have GIA-trained staff. Visit the booth to find out more about how you can make the most of this program and the free resources available.

A Symphony in Gemstones

You’ll be amazed by the detail of these delicate life-like gem carvings on display at GIA’s booth. The carved gems with 14K gold adorned strings and hardware are part of a suite of miniature musical instruments commissioned by the late Art Sexauer. Master carvers Lothar Herrmann and David Hudson of Idar-Oberstein carved these amazing works of art from various gemstones including tourmaline, turquoise, lapis lazuli and black onyx.

Synthetic Diamonds Display

Synthetic diamonds are a topic of great interest and have become more accessible in the jewelry industry. Colorless and colored crystals up to several carats in size, and cut stones up to about two carats, are being produced. GIA’s laboratory can identify all known synthetic diamonds. The Institute will display a variety of samples – including large colorless and colored rough HPHT, large colorless and colored faceted HPHT, rough CVD, faceted CVD, rough HPHT melee, and faceted HPHT melee diamonds –alongside natural diamonds at its booth L99 during the show.

“JCK Rocks the Bowl” with GIA Alumni

Wednesday, June 7, 8 to 11 p.m.
Brooklyn Bowl, 3545 Las Vegas Boulevard South

JCK is offering a new experience at the hottest venue on The Strip – The Brooklyn Bowl. Stop by to say hello and network with fellow alumni in a private area. Look for GIA on the onsite event map to find us or stop by the booth for more details on our location. Tickets are required for entry and will be available for pick up at info counters throughout the show, Monday, June 5 to Wednesday, June 7.

Admission to JCK Las Vegas is limited to those in the gem and jewelry industry.


Visit JCK online, call 800-257-3626, 203-840-5684 (if outside the United States or Canada) or email inquiry@jck.reedexpo.