GIA on the Galleria Level
Stop by GIA Booth 128G on the Galleria Level to learn about GIA Education offerings and scholarships. Find out what is new in research with the latest issue of Gems & Gemology and ask about the new tools available through the GIA Retailer Support Program.
The GIA Museum presents a spectacular display of Jumbo Gems – the largest, a 21,290 ct rock crystal quartz from Brazil. These gems demonstrate the importance of facets and how they play a role in bringing beauty to a gemstone, as well as the size in which some gem materials can occur.
Selecting Gem Rough: A Guide for Artisanal Miners
This exhibit from GIA’s library highlights the booklet Selecting Gem Rough: A Guide for Artisanal Miners. GIA wrote, designed and produced this educational guide containing basic gemological concepts that help artisanal miners in Africa better understand value factors in the rough they mine. Results have shown that miners have tripled the value of their production. The exhibit case includes rough and cut examples of many East African gems including amethyst, aquamarine, diamond, emerald, garnet, opal, sapphire, tanzanite, tourmaline and zircon. GIA will also offer a presentation detailing the story behind this guide (see below).
Gem Education at the Source: GIA’s Artisanal Mining Guide
In conjunction with the Selecting Gem Rough: A Guide for Artisanal Miners exhibit, Robert Weldon, GIA Library Director, will share the story behind GIA’s artisanal mining guide and how it benefitted approximately 1000 gem miners in Tanzania, especially the women.
Friday, Feb. 15, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Crystal Ballroom
Check out more GIA activities at AGTA GemFair Tucson, including gemology seminars, at-show laboratory services, more exhibits and events for those in the gem and jewelry trade.