Trade Show

JCK Las Vegas 2018

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.
Attend an informative briefing at the booth on diamonds and connect with staff and fellow industry leaders at L99. Drop off your colored stones at the GIA Show Service Laboratory in Palm G, Level 3, open a day before the show starts. See demos and presentations in Tradewinds F on Sunday, June 3.

Join GIA for hands-on educational seminars, in-booth briefings and new product demonstrations. Make your first stop the GIA Show Service Laboratory, open a full day before the show with early access to colored stone services.


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 May 31.

May 31-June 3: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Submit and Pick Up)
June 4: 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 when submitting stones to the GIA Show Service Laboratory.

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


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 or email.

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

Natural or Synthetic? You need to know the difference. A rapid increase in synthetic diamond growth technology over the past decade has added to their availability in the jewelry marketplace. Synthetic diamonds are grown in laboratories and factories over a short period of time. Now, more than ever, full disclosure and confidence in knowing what you are buying is critical.

Through interactive, guided discussion and hands-on lab led by GIA instructor(s), this seminar will present information on HPHT and CVD-grown synthetic diamonds and how to separate them from natural diamonds.

Friday, June 1, 9 to 11 a.m.
Tradewinds E/F, Pool Level, Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Tuition: $225

Ruby: Country of Origin Determination
Previous gemological training and/or experience recommended.
Length: 2 Hours
Type: Lecture/Lab

This seminar will utilize specimens from GIA’s country of origin sample collection. Collected directly from sources in the field, this collection is used to teach the fundamentals of determining the country of origin for ruby. Students will learn the visual, inclusion and chemistry factors that lead to country of origin opinions. They will use microscopes during the lab session to identify inclusions in the actual samples used by GIA. After completing this advanced seminar, students will have an understanding of the characteristics that indicate the country of origin for ruby and the complexities involved.

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

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. See below for the schedule, speakers and topics.

Marketing Tools for Retailers: How to Up Your Game, Get Noticed and Win Customers
Tali Nay, Manager, Retailer Support Program; Cathryn Ramirez, Director of Global Business Development
Friday, June 1, 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 2, 3 p.m.

Learn about the many tools and resources available through GIA’s Retailer Support Program and get ideas from a retail veteran of creative ways to use these tools to attract, win and retain customers.

The Latest on Synthetic Diamonds
James Shigley, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Fellow
Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 2, 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 3, 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.

Shocking Pink: Will We See the End of Argyle’s Pink Diamond Tenders in 2020?
Russell Shor, Senior Industry Analyst
Friday, June 1, 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 3, 1 p.m.

Get an industry insider’s perspective on how the closure of the Argyle diamond mine will impact the commercial diamond market and how its legacy will endure for many years to come through its iconic pink diamonds.

The Latest on Blue Diamonds
John King, Chief Quality Officer
Saturday, June 2, 1 p.m.

Blue diamonds continue to stagger the imagination in auction report after auction report. This presentation will look at these unique stones through recent research and industry highlights since GIA introduced system enhancements to its colored diamond grading system in 1995.

Six Ways to Make Your Gem and Jewelry Photographs Stand Out!
Robert Weldon, Library Director
Sunday, June 3, 2 p.m.

From the best tools to lighting and props, learn how to capture the beauty of gems and jewelry with six practiced tips from a renowned gemstone photographer.

India’s Gems and Jewelry Industry – Growth Opportunities
Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of GIA India and Middle East
Sunday, June 3, 3 p.m.

Get some expert insight into how India brings opportunities to the global gems and jewelry market.



Get an inside look at the latest developments and ongoing efforts in GIA Research, Laboratory Services and Education.

Sunday, June 3
Tradewinds F

GIA Research Update
GIA Vice President of Research and Development Dr. Wuyi Wang will discuss the latest GIA synthetic diamond research, gem testing device and screening services. GIA research scientist Dr. Evan Smith will highlight the recent discoveries by GIA on the formation of the world’s largest and most valuable diamonds.
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

GIA Vice President of Product Development Matt Crimmin will give an update on this storytelling platform and service that allows everyone along the diamond value chain, including your customer, to tell the diamond’s story.
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Staying Current with GIA Education: Jewelry Manufacturing Arts
GIA Director of Jewelry Manufacturing Arts (JMA) Elizabeth Brehmer will give an overview on how GIA JMA educational programs prepare our students for the rapidly evolving future of jewelry design.
1 – 2 p.m.

Panoramic View of GIA Education: Gemology
GIA Manager of Global Education Professional Development Dr. Tao Hsu will offer a rare look into how GIA’s research discoveries in the lab and in the field contribute to the development of GIA’s gemology education programs.
4 – 5 p.m.


Afternoon with the Associations – Powerful Symbols: The Unique World of Colored Diamonds

John King, Chief Quality Officer, GIA

Friday, June 1, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

The Showcase Stage, Bayside, Level 1

Join GIA’s John King in this presentation and discover how the events that brought colored diamonds to everyone’s attention continue to fuel their allure. Learn what opportunities exist with these special diamonds once one goes beyond the mega-stones. The sustained growth in colored diamond value is discussed in relation to how beauty and rarity combine and an overview of colored diamond activity at GIA will give the participant better knowledge of market availability today.



See how easy it is to operate the GIA iD100™. The sophisticated desktop instrument combines advanced spectroscopic technology with GIA’s 60 years of diamond and gemstone identification research to distinguish mounted and unmounted natural diamonds from synthetic (HPHT and CVD) diamonds and diamond simulants.

Telling the Digital Story of a Diamond: GIA M2M

What is the excitement about a new service that gives consumers a new way to learn their diamonds’ history? Learn about a digital storytelling platform and app, M2M. It provides a close look into all the chapters of a diamond’s story—from the mine, through the cutting process, and to the market.

GIA Melee Analysis Service

The Melee Analysis Service separates natural, untreated diamonds from simulants and potentially synthetic or treated diamonds, and sorts the screened diamonds by color range. Learn more about this service now available by GIA.

Laboratory Services

Visit the booth to register as a client for laboratory services to submit diamonds, colored stones and pearls. GIA staff will be on-hand to explain new and 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. See new tools for the retail counter and receive your complimentary copy of The Passion of Colored Gemstones. Visit the booth to find out more about how you can make the most of this program and the free resources especially for retailers now available.


Get acquainted with the many achievements of Richard T. Liddicoat at the GIA Booth L99, as GIA celebrates the anniversary of his birthday with a beautiful and informative exhibit designed by the GIA Museum.


Sunday, June 3, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
The Brooklyn Bowl, 3545 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas

JCK is returning to The Brooklyn Bowl on the Strip. Look for GIA on the onsite event map or stop by the GIA Booth L99 at Mandalay Bay for more details. Then come by to say hello at the bowl, enjoy the party and network with fellow alumni. Tickets are required for entry and will be available for pick up at info counters throughout the show. Be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible because there is a limited supply. Shuttles to The Brooklyn Bowl will be available courtesy of JCK.

JCK Las Vegas is a gem and jewelry industry event and admission is limited to those in the industry.


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