Join GIA for a hands-on educational seminar, 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 SHOW SERVICE LABORATORY
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 Bassano 2805-2806 at The Venetian beginning May 30.
To expedite your show lab experience, apply for a GIA Laboratory Service account ahead of time.
May 30 - June 2: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (submit and pick up)
June 3: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 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.
For more information, call +1 800 421 7250 ext. 4517 or +1 760 603 4517 (if outside the United States or Canada), or contact us.
Identifying Laboratory-Grown Diamond
Previous gemological training and/or experience recommended.
Length: 2 Hours
Laboratory-grown diamonds are developed in laboratories and factories over short periods of time. A rapid increase in this technology over the past decade has added to the availability of laboratory-grown diamonds in the jewelry marketplace. Now, more than ever, full disclosure and confidence in knowing what you are buying is critical. Through interactive, guided discussion and a hands-on lab, this seminar will cover HPHT and CVD laboratory-grown diamonds and how to separate them from natural diamonds.
Friday, May 31, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sands Convention Center
Room 305, Level 1
Room location to be announced
Registration: Please download and return the completed Seminar Application.
Questions? Contact Us
Embracing Sustainability Amid New Consumer Expectations
A Luncheon Panel Hosted by GIA
Consumer demand for corporate social responsibility is growing. Companies small and large need to incorporate sustainability into their day-to-day operations. So, how do you do business while minimizing your footprint on future generations? In “Embracing Sustainability Amid New Consumer Expectations,” leaders from the gem and jewelry industry will offer their views and discuss how their organizations are tackling this trending topic.
Friday, May 31, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Sands Convention Center
Rooms 303 & 304, Level 1
A complimentary light lunch will be provided.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
GIA Alumni Global Happy Hour
Join fellow GIA Alumni for drinks and nibbles during Happy Hour.
Dave Bindra, Los Angeles Alumni Chapter
Jennifer Pusenkoff, Germany Alumni Chapter
Melissa Villarreal, Monterrey Mexico Alumni Chapter
Saturday, June 1, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
RSVP by May 31
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 schedule, speaker and topics.
Marketing Tools for Retailers: How to Up Your Game, Get Noticed and Win Customers
Tali Nay, Manager, Retailer Support Program
Friday, May 31, 2:00 p.m.
Learn how to use the many tools and resources available through GIA’s Retailer Support Program to attract, win and retain customers.
The GIA Diamond Origin Report: Diamond Traceability Based on Science
Matthew Tratner, Director of Global Business Development
Friday, May 31, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 1, 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, June 2, 2:00 p.m.
The GIA Diamond Origin Program uses scientific matching of rough to polish to provide confirmation of a diamond’s geographic origin. Come hear about GIA’s new Diamond Origin Program that helps you deliver a strong message on the good diamonds do for the country they come from so you can build trust and credibility with your customers.
Field Gemology: The Research Behind Origin
Aaron Palke, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist
Friday, May 31, 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 1, 1:00 p.m.
GIA’s field gemology program drives the research that supports geographic origin determination for our laboratory services. Hear first-hand about the program and how GIA continues to make inroads on tackling the intricate world of gem origin determination.
The Latest on Laboratory-Grown Diamonds
James Shigley, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Fellow
Saturday, June 1, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, June 2, 3:00 p.m.
Monday, June 3, 10:00 a.m.
Understand the current status of gem-quality laboratory-grown diamonds with a presentation on the latest developments, detection techniques and changes to GIA reports.
How to Grow Your Business with Social Influencers
Shahdeh Ammadi, Director of Institute Relations
Panelists: Benjamin Guttery of Third Coast Gems and Kyle Roderick of Bijoux Review
Saturday, June 1, 2:00 p.m.
Social influencers can help you build a positive buzz around your business and attract more customers to your store. Learn how to leverage them from GIA alumni who have a proven track record in social media marketing and outreach.
Six Ways to Make Your Gem and Jewelry Photographs Stand Out
Robert Weldon, Library Director
Saturday, June 1, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 2, 10:00 a.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.
Lesedi and Constellation Diamonds
Karen Smit, Ph.D., Research Scientist
Saturday, June 1, 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 2, 11:00 a.m.
The Karowe Mine in Botswana recovered several large colorless diamonds in November 2015, including the 1109 ct Lesedi la Rona and 812 ct Constellation. Come see why GIA claims that these were all part of the same 2744 ct diamond.
A Jewelry Primer: Manufacturing Traces and Quality Assurance
Elizabeth Brehmer, Jewelry Manufacturing Arts Technical Advisor
Sunday, June 2, 1:00 p.m.
Monday, June 1, 11:00 a.m.
Gain insight into the techniques used to identify common manufacturing methods, the distinctive traces left behind by the methods and how condition can lead to potential product failure. Get tips on how communicating quality assurance will positively impact customer engagement.
Marie Antoinette’s Long Lost Jewels
Russell Shor, Senior Industry Analyst
Sunday, June 2, 4:00 p.m
Follow along with an industry insider as he candidly recaps the fascinating history of royal jewelry auctions and the record-breaking sale of pieces owned by the ill-fated Queen Marie Antoinette.
JEWELS OF HOLLYWOOD EXHIBIT
Dazzle your senses with the Jewels of Hollywood exhibit featuring Madonna’s glittering tiara, Nick Cannon’s diamond encrusted shoes, Eva Gabor’s ruby lipstick holder, Clark Gable’s diamond coated gold lighter and more. All on display in the GIA booth.
The GIA iD100TM combines advanced spectroscopic technology with GIA’s 60 years of diamond and gemstone identification research to distinguish mounted and unmounted natural diamonds from laboratory-grown (HPHT and CVD) diamonds and diamond simulants. Learn more and see a demonstration at the booth.
GIA UV Lamp and Viewing Cabinet
The GIA UV Lamp and Viewing Cabinet provides consistency in ultraviolet illumination and fluorescence observation for gemologists. Fluorescence is an important factor in gem identification and the lamp and viewing cabinet provide the same evaluation environment used by GIA. This device combines a very stable, narrow band UV LED (365 nm), a compact viewing enclosure and calibrated references for the intensity of blue fluorescence in diamond. See a demonstration at the booth.
RETAILER SUPPORT PROGRAM
Put yourself on the map for potential customers by registering online and updating your information and store hours.
Colored Stone Resources
Stop by the booth for a complimentary birthstone flipchart while supplies last. See our new ruby and sapphire brochures and the new colored stone counter displays, in both acrylic and lightweight cardboard.